Popular Singaporean Proverbs
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•If you plant grass, you won't get rice.

• Those who speak aloud are boastful. Those who speak softly are unsure. Those who don’t speak are dangerous

• Keep a snake, and the snake will eat your chicken.

A given excuse that was not asked for implies guilt.

• Not all stones are blessed to become diamonds. 

• Better poverty before wealth than poverty after wealth.

• You don't need to teach a young crocodile to swim. 

• Husband and wife are like birds in the woods; when trouble comes, they flee separately.

• Smart people put forth their mouth, dumb people put forth their hand.

• On a big tree, there are dead branches; in a big clan, there are beggars.

• If there are no fish, prawns are just as good.
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