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Empty spaces become filled very quickly.
If we absolutely need to do something that has never been done, we will find a way to do it. It is this need or necessity that forces people to invent things.
Do not borrow things. Do not lend things.
Do not do something bad to achieve something good.
Show respect to people who have died by not saying anything bad about them. Since dead people can no longer hurt us, or defend themselves, it is better to forget their bad actions and remember only their good ones.
Don't urge someone who is already working well to work harder and faster. If you do, he may work less hard or be less eager.
Human beings do not (or should not) live in isolation. All people are interconnected. A person is not like an island, standing alone and surrounded by sea.
If we are waiting for news about someone, it's probably good if we hear nothing because "bad news" would arrive quickly.
If we do not do hard work, and suffer some pain, we will achieve or gain nothing.
It is often advisable not to give any answer. Don't say no. Don't say yes. Say nothing.
Nobody is blinder than the person who decides he does not want to see. Often used in reference to prejudice and intolerance.
Nobody is deafer than the person who decides he does not want to listen. Often used in reference to prejudice and intolerance.
This saying may be seen in three ways: 1) We cannot be 100% sure about anything (except dying and having to pay the taxman - in this case the latter idea being added for humour). 2) We cannot escape taxation (in this case the idea of death serving only to highlight the certainty of taxes). 3) We can be absolutely sure that we will die (in this case the idea of taxes being added for humour). The first interpretation seems to have been the original intent (see Origin below).
Someone who is eager, keen and determined can achieve anything.
We can be 100% sure that we will die.
We can't expect to achieve anything if we never take any risks.