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Malagasy Proverbs

A patient that can swallow food makes the nurse doubtful.
By getting angry, you show you are wrong.
Cross in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you.
Crosses are ladders that lead to heaven.
Crows are black everywhere.
Crows are never the whiter for washing themselves.
Crows bewail the dead sheep, and then eat them.
Distracted by what is far away, he does not see his nose.
Do not be like a miser who saves for those who will bury him.
Done in by his own trade like a water merchant in the rain.
It is better to refuse than to accept and not to go.
Nothing is so difficult that diligence cannot master it.
Nothing is so full of victory as patience.
One does not like hot, the other does not like cold; make it tepid to make an agreement.
Poverty won't allow him to lift up his head; dignity won't allow him to bow it down.
Power corrupts.
Sick people are like kings.
Sorrow is like rice in an attic: you use a little every day and at the end it is all gone.
Words are like eggs: when they are hatched they have wings.

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