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If you add oil to water, the oil tries to stay separate. This proverb is a way of saying that certain people or characteristics do not go together.
If an animal (such as a dog) bites you one time, you will be extra careful the next time. This saying talks about learning from our mistakes.
If someone helps you, they merit being helped in return.
If you are going to be killed for stealing a lamb, then why not steal a sheep (which is bigger and more valuable)? In general, it means that if you are going to get the same punishment, you may as well commit the greater offence.
Some people think that women talk too much. If they already talk too much, they don't need another tongue. One tongue is sufficient (but see Origin below).
We should take an opportunity (or chance) when it comes. According to this saying, it will not come again.
Take any opportunity or chance when it comes - it may not come again.
When we no longer owe money to anyone, we are safe and secure. The implication is that it is dangerous to owe anyone.
The implication is that people in high government or official jobs are not safe. They will be safe only when they leave their job.
When we don't see something, we don't think about it. We soon forget people who are no longer present.