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He who cannot pay with his purse, must pay with his hide.

He who cheats a cheat and robs a thief, earns a dispensation for 100 years.

He who conceits himself wise, has an ass near at hand.

He who conquers his anger has conquered an enemy.

He who digs a pit for others falls into it himself.

He who does not bait his hook catches nothing.

He who does not go forward, stays behind.

He who does not improve to-day will grow worse to-morrow.

He who does not open his eyes must open his purse.

He who envies, suffers.

He who fain would marry, in choice should not tarry.

He who finds what has not been lost, will chance to die before he is ill.

He who follows the crowd has many companions.

He who forces love when none is found, remains a fool the whole year round.

He who gives quickly, gives doubly.

He who gives to the poor, lends to the Lord.

He who gives, must take (meaning a joke).

He who goes to bed with dogs, will wake up with fleas.

He who grasps at all, holds nothing fast.

He who grasps too much lets much fall.

He who handles pitch, besmears himself.

He who has a glass roof must not throw stones at others.

He who has good neighbours, gets a good morning.

He who has left a rogue behind him, has made a good day's journey.

He who has not tasted bitter, knows not what sweet is.