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595 Portuguese Proverbs

If you want clear water, draw it from the spring.

If you want to be served, serve yourself.

If you would be a good judge, hear what every one says.

If you would be happy for a week take a wife; if you would be happy for a month kill a pig; but if you would be happy all your life plant a garden.

If you would be healthy, be sage betimes.

If you would be in good repute, let not the sun find you in bed.

If you would grow poor without perceiving it, employ workmen and go to sleep.

Ill befal the belly that forgets eaten bread.

Ill fares the young bird in the urchin's hand.

In default of bread, meal cakes are good.

In war, hunting, and love, for one pleasure a hundred pains.

Iron that is not used soon rusts.

It befits the king to be liberal, for he is sure of never falling into poverty.

It dawns none the sooner for all one's early rising.

It fares ill with the house when the distaff commands the sword.

It is bad to have a servant, but worse to have a master.

It is nothing, they are only killing my husband.

It is the nature of the greyhound to carry a long tail.

It is well to know how to be silent till it is time to speak.

Jack is as good as his master.

Jack of all trades and master of none.

Jack will never make a gentleman.

Keep good company and you shall be of the number.

Keep no more cats than will catch mice.

Keep no more cats that will catch mice.