You won't get much fat from a dry bone.
You will never lose a battle if you know your own situation as well as that of the enemy.
You will never be punished for making people die of laughter.
You need your wits about you the most when you are dealing with an idiot.
You must have crossed the river before you may tell the crocodile he has bad breath.
You must climb the mountain if you would see the plain.
You can't look at the stars while you are walking if you have a stone in your shoe.
You can't load a small boat with heavy cargo.
You can't fill your belly painting pictures of bread.