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If you want fire, look for it in the ashes.

If you want peace, you must prepare for war.

If you would have the lamp burn, you must pour oil into it.

If you've money, take a seat; it you've none, take to your feet.

Ill got, ill spent.

Ill gotten goods never thrive.

Ill gotten goods seldom prosper.

Ill-gotten goods seldom prosper.

In a calm sea, every man is a pilot.

In bad luck, hold out; in good luck, hold in.

In Blindman's land your one-eyed man's a god.

In old houses many mice, in old furs many lice.

In the evening one may praise the day.

In the looking-glass we see our form, in wine the heart.

In time of war the devil makes more room in hell.

Industry is the parent of fortune.

Ingratitude is the world's reward.

Ingratitude sickens benevolence.

Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses.

Intemperance is the doctor's wet-nurse.

Invalids live longest.

It is a bad hen that lays in neighbour's houses.

It is a bad horse that does not earn his fodder.

It is a poor fox that has but one hole.

It is bad baking without flour and water.