A friend is useful, far or near; the nearer the betterI enjoy them all and I think they are supportive of my hypothesis that proverbs, sayings, maxims, aphorisms and adages are a form of cultural programming (see also here), functioning almost as code in a program.
In time of need, a man finds out his friends
No one can have too many friends
Sometimes people are most thirsty after drinking mead
No one can have a mouth full of flour and also blow on a fire
He who wants to catch a hart can’t worry about his horse
A person acts what he is when he may do what he will
Truth will make itself known
He never knows the pleasure of sweetness, who never tastes bitterness
He is blind in both eyes who does not look with the heart
One should not be too soon fearful, nor too soon joyful
Better to be often loaded than overloaded
The fuller the cup, the more carefully one should carry it
If you speak well, act accordingly
Necessity teaches many things
They do not quarrel who are not together
"No one can have a mouth full of flour and also blow on a fire" brought back a memory. Sometime in the mid-1970s in some town, perhaps Cambridge, somewhere in East Anglia. There on a Saturday, probably in the late spring as I recall it being unexpectedly comfortable weather. Perhaps there was a festival or other celebration going on. Regardless, there was some street performing troop working the crowds, generating laughter. One of their challenges, which I and a couple of friends accepted, was to eat two or three crackers and then whistle. I can testify it is just not possible, and that it is amusing to anyone who might be watching your best efforts.
I did not know then that I was testifying to an ancient Anglo-Saxon proverb.