183 Proverbs with American origins

A dog is a man's best friend.;
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A dose of adversity is often as needful as a dose of medicine.;
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A girl with cotton stockings never sees a mouse.;
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A malignant sore throat is a danger; a malignant throat not sore is worse.;
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A man can die just once.;
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A man can't do more than he can do. What says Don Ferdinando?;
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A man is as big as the things that made him mad.;
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A man never becomes an orator if he has something to say.;
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A mill cannot grind with water that is past.;
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A miss is as good as a mile.;
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A poor man is always behind.;
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A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.;
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All men are fools, but all fools are not men.;
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All men are not cast in the same mold.;
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An American will go to hell for a bag of coffee.;
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Bad news travels fast.;
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Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.;
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Bad the crow, bad the egg.;
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Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy.;
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Beggars can never be bankrupt.;
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Boys will be boys.;
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By the yard, life is hard. By the inch, it's a cinch.;
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Calm weather in June, sets the corn in tune.;
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Christmas comes, but once a year is enough.;
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Close, but no cigar.;
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Crap or get off the pot.;
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Don't close the barn door after the horse runs away.;
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Don't cry over spilt milk.;
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Don't cry till you are out of the wood.;
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Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.;
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Don't hide your light under a bushel.;
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Don't judge a book by its cover.;
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Don't put all your eggs in one basket.;
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Don't throw out the baby with the bath water.;
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Don't throw out your dirty water until you get in fresh.;
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Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.;
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Don't upset the apple cart.;
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Don't use a lot where a little will do.;
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Each day provides its own gifts.;
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Easy come, easy go.;
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Easy does it.;
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Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we shall die.;
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Even a dog knows the difference between being stumbled over and being kicked.;
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Every man has a fool up his sleeve.;
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Every man has one black patch, and some have two.;
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Every man hath a fool in his sleeve.;
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Every man hath his hobby-horse.;
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Feed a cold, starve a fever.;
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Feed sparingly and defy the physician.;
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Feel for others, in your pocket.;
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Fish or cut bait.;
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Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine;
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Folks like the truth that hits their neighbour.;
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For age and want save while you may, no morning sun lasts a whole day.;
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Free ships, free goods.;
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From little acorns mighty oaks do grow.;
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Gold is where you find it.;
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Good fences make good neighbors.;
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Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names;
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Good weight and measure, are heaven's treasure;
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Great trees keep little ones down.;
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He that lives on hope will die fasting;
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He that marries for money will earn it.;
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Here today, gone tomorrow.;
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Honesty is like an icicle; if once it melts that is the end of it.;
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Hope is a good breakfast, but a poor supper.;
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Hunger find no fault with mouldy corn.;
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I am just as good as you are, and a damned sight better.;
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I'd rather be red than dead.;
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I'd rather have them say "There he goes" than "Here he lies.".;
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If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.;
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If you can't ride two horses at once, you shouldn't be in the circus.;
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If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.;
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If you cut down the trees you will find the wolf.;
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If you desire many things, many things will be seem but a few.;
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If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of he game, the stakes, and the quitting time;
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If you ride a horse, sit close and tight, If you ride a man, sit easy and light.;
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Ignorance is a form of environmental pollution.;
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Ignorance is bliss.;
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In case of doubt it is best to lean to the side of mercy;
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In God we trust; all others pay cash.;
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In politics, a man must learn to rise above principle.;
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It does not always rain when a pig squeals.;
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It is bad luck to fall out of a thirteenth story window on Friday.;
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It takes a thief to catch a thief.;
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It takes nine months to have a baby, no matter how many people you put on the job.;
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It takes one to know one.;
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It takes three generation to make a gentleman.;
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It takes two to make a bargain.;
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Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.;
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Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.;
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Leave well enough alone.;
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Leaves enough, but few grapes.;
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Let the big dog eat.;
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Loose lips sink ships.;
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Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe.;
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Make love, not war.;
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Man can't live in this world alone.;
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Man cannot live by bread alone.;
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Man is greater than the tools he invents.;
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Man is like a banana: when he leaves the bunch, he gets skinned.;
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Man is the only animal who can be skinned twice.;
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Many speak much who cannot speak well.;
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Men apt to promise are apt to forget.;
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Men are blind in their own cause.;
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Men seek less to be instructed than applauded.;
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Men that have much business must have much pardon.;
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Necessity never made a good bargain.;
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Never be content with your lot. Try for a lot more.;
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Never miss a good chance to shut up.;
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Never say die.;
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Never swap horses crossing a stream.;
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Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.;
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No call alligator long mouth till you pass him;
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Of two evils, it is always best to vote for the less hypocritical.;
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Old age is ripeness.;
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Once bitten, twice shy.;
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Opportunities, like eggs, come one at a time.;
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Paddle your own canoe.;
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Pain is forgotten where gain comes.;
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Poets are born, not made.;
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Practice what you preach.;
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Praise makes a bad man worse.;
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Pride is said to be the last vice the good man gets clear of.;
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Pride that dines on vanity sups on contempt.;
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Put up or shut up.;
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Put your money where your mouth is.;
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Put your trust in God, and keep your powder dry.;
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Putting the cart before the horse.;
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Quarreling dogs come halting home.;
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Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man;
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Republicans will do anything for the poor except get off their backs.;
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Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.;
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Set a thief to catch a thief;
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Silence is golden, speech is silver.;
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Silence is golden.;
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Stand up, cent, let the dollar sit down.;
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Step on a crack break your mother's back.;
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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.;
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Stopping at third base adds no more to the score than striking out.;
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Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of your widow's next husband.;
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Take the bitter with the sweet.;
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Talk is cheap but it takes money to buy whiskey.;
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Talk is cheap.;
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The bad gardener quarrels with his rake.;
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The bad workman blames his tools.;
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The cemeteries are filled with people who thought the world couldn't get along without them.;
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The chickens have come home to roost.;
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The child is the father of the man.;
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The most dangerous food is a wedding cake.;
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The mountains are never so far apart but the animals find one another.;
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The reason some people are stingy is also the reason they are rich.;
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The receiver is as bad as the thief.;
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The show must go on.;
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The wish is the father of the deed.;
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The worm turns.;
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There's no fun in physics, but a good deal of physics in fun.;
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Time heals all wounds.;
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To be a public man is slavery.;
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To be proud of knowledge is to be blind with light.;
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Trumpet in a herd of elephants; crow in the company of cocks; bleat in a flock of goats;
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Turnabout is fair play.;
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Two's company, three's a crowd.;
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Variety is the spice of life.;
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We may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.;
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What a story these old walls could tell.;
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When pleasure interferes with business, give up business.;
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When the glow-worm lights her lamp, the air is always very damp.;
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When you see gossamer flying, be sure the air is drying.;
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Where the woman wears the breeches, she has a good right to them.;
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Where there's smoke, there's fire.;
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Wishes won't wash dishes.;
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Without justice, courage is weak;
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Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.;
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You can bear with your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?;
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You can't fit a round peg in a square hole.;
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You can't unscramble an egg.;
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You cannot drive a windmill with a pair of bellows.;
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You cannot unscramble eggs.;
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You don't put robbers to work in a bank.;
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You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.;
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You made your bed, now lie in it.;
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You make a mountain of a mole-hill.;
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