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Good character and behaviour are more important than good looks.
The unusual structure of this proverb may make it difficult to understand. It becomes easier if we change the structure to "He who teaches all teaches ill." The word "ill" here means "badly". So it means that the teacher who teaches students everything, does not teach well. A good teacher lets students discover some things for themselves.
If you force someone to do something or agree with something, it doesn't mean that they really agree.
The way that you treat others is the way that others will treat you. People who commit violence must expect to receive violence.
The sea is supremely powerful, and can be a terrifying and awe-inspiring place.
If you are determined to do something you will find the way to do it.
The person who waits too long loses the opportunity; or, more seriously, delay or indecision may have disastrous results.
This saying advises against anticipating success, or thinking that you have won before you are sure.
The person who pays a musician can decide what music he wants to hear. And the person who pays for any service has the right to say exactly what he wants.
If you eat with the devil, you need a (very) long spoon so that you can keep your distance. If you mix with bad people, you should be careful not to be influenced by them. A warning not to get too close when dealing with evil people.
Being free from illness is better than being rich.
A woman rejected in love can be very angry and dangerous.
Both in the short term and in the long term, honesty will repay you better than dishonesty. It is best to be truthful at all times.
The normal interpretation of this saying is that people will always be optimistic and think that something better is coming.