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    There's never just one Kobold/Goblin (Dwarf/Elven respectively)

    Only fools fight in taverns. (Human)

    One can always wait, but one must remember that other's will not. (Elven)

    There's no such thing as a Kobold Den, just a Dragon's nest.

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    Some wizard sayings:

    Speak softly, and always prepare Fireball.
    The squeaky wheel gets the Silence spell.
    People in Tiny Huts shouldn't throw stones.
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    Only fools fight in taverns. (PCs)
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    Incoming arrows have right of way
    -Human

    No they don't
    -Dwarf

    Never bring an axe to a fistfight (don't spoil the fun by overreacting)
    -Dwarf

    I can out think an orc, out fight an elf, and out run a dwarf, no matter who I meet I'm better at something.
    -Human

    when in doubt, take a drink
    -dwarf

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    Tackle your problems head on, unless they're bigger than you. (Try to think be for you act, a little bit, sometimes, maybe.)

    Grabbing a bull by the horns only angers it. (Don't vuck around with this problem, find a solution that works before announcing your intentions.)

    That's camelpiss! (That horsey was totally not a chickenard.)

    A china shop, where? (Always think about the consequences of your words before you say something.)

    I'm never lost, worst case the rest of the world is missing. (That person is way less competent than they want to seem.)

    This place looks pretty mazey. (Subtle threat.)

    Never punch when you can ram (Don't compromise, don't do half work, don't hold back.)

    Just the grass will do. (Happiness doesn't lie in the complexity of ones life.)

    A werecow can't demand a labyrinth. (Life isn't fair, some are simply worse off than others.)

    Take me down to the paradise city where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. (Your home is wherever you are.)

    I'm in the moooooooooood for some breakfast. (I love the smell of napalm in the morning.)

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    Blood tells all
    Locked doors won't stop an ooze

    When the dead walk, sharpen your axe and keep your back to a comrade's

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    "stars give less light than a lantern" - Dwarf, advises to look for answers in things you understand
    "wear hide, get shot like a deer" - Elf saying, appealing to a low common denominator has consequences

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    Nah, because it was about avoiding fights with PCs :p

    That said, one I forgot:
    Your memories know far more than you ever could, but beware that they are age old wisdom. (Thri-Kreen/Dragons/Other creatures with Racial memories.)

    No one is born knowing how tasty an elf is, but we can all taste orc with a thought. (Kreen saying about picking who you hunt)

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    "Eternity is lost in a heartbeat." -Any unaging but killable race.

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    Wind may howl outside, but stone blocks it's path. But water can break stone, and fire can drive out water.

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    You can't hang a hobgoblin(not race specific but as widespread as hobgoblin warbands. Means its futile to punish someone with something they do every day)
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    - When the mountains rumble, 'ware the dwarves. When the trees whisper, 'ware the elves. When the drums speak, 'ware the orcs. And always, always 'ware adventurers; madness walks with them.
    Human villager proverb
    (There are a lot of problems you might face, but PCs are ****ing insane. Just run.)

    - Walk soft in the world; all the world may kill you, but your death kills the world.
    Human Commoner proverb
    (Yeah, you're about as sturdy as a spun-sugar windowpane, but all those people that can murder you? Good luck on them surviving with no-one growing any food...)

    - Drums in the deep? Sharpen your axe.
    Dwarven proverb

    - Dwarves hold a grudge like an avalanche, Elves like lightning, and Orcs like blood. But humans strike without warning.
    Goblin proverb
    (raid the dwarves? Might not get a response right away, but when you do provoke a response, be ready to go 'squish'. Elves don't like raids, and they'll usually make sure you know it as loudly and painfully as possible. Orcs? They'll murder you, your family, your entire clan, your clans' allies, and anybody who happens to be in the same general vicinity, and they'll enjoy it. But humans? Oi. They'll just randomly decide you're in the wrong spot, or that there might be something they want to mine underneath you, or that your great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather might have picked up something they want a few centuries ago.)

    - If it's something that mortals were not meant to know, it's my business.
    Used by both wizards and warlocks, albeit with different meanings

    - If it's something mortals were not meant to know, I've already found six different ways to blow myself and/or someone else up with it.
    Gnomish proverb

    Daggers in the darkness is democracy.
    Halfling Ambassador, Wilry Idoton, in response to being asked why the Halflings don't hold elections.

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    I have used "We do what we must because we can" as a dwarven proverb... the idea that someone has to do it, we can do it, so we're going to do it is very LG, very dwarven, and slightly creepy to anyone who knows the source.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Hall View Post
    I have used "We do what we must because we can" as a dwarven proverb... the idea that someone has to do it, we can do it, so we're going to do it is very LG, very dwarven, and slightly creepy to anyone who knows the source.
    I don't really think that fits Dwarves, to be honest. Now, "We do what we can, because we must" works.
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    - If it's something mortals were not meant to know, I've already found six different ways to blow myself and/or someone else up with it.
    Gnomish proverb
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    Elves flee, Dwarves endure, halflings hide, and eagles fear to go. We Fight.
    -Humans (used in a LOTR campaign)

    Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to ensure the survival and the success of liberty.
    -Humans (original quote JFK)

    And so I ask you. Which endures longer, the Mountain or the Sea.
    -Seafaring race, (best if said to a dwarf)

    Fear us, for we as a race have traded our excess height away in exchange for more muscles and a better angle to whallop you in the groin.
    -Dwarf

    Some mountains hold Ice, some harbor magma, other have us. We are by far the most dangerous
    -Dwarves

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    Some mountains hold Ice, some harbor magma, other have us. We are by far the most dangerous
    -Dwarves
    And we'll build superweapons out of the other two.
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    "Stone endures!"

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    "Endure. In enduring, grow strong." -Githzerai.
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    For your more Shire-style halflings:

    "Good food is like a rainy day." [Much better inside than out.]

    "Make the world look down at you. Don't let it look down to you."

    "Once you've left home, you can never come back. Once you've back, you can never leave again."

    They're simple and folksy, but willful. That last one is a riddle that old grannies and granddads like to use to stump the young'uns, but all it really means is that a halfling can always feel at home anywhere they go.

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    Grunt Wisdom: generals get safety from numbers, we get expendability.
    Orc wisdom: a thrown spear makes a huruk-hai small.
    Elf wisdom: don't get attached to shiny trinkets.
    Dwarf wisdom: there's always a market for shiny trinkets.
    Halfling wisdom: the best wizard can make shiny trinkets disappear and reappear in another place without using teleport.
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    "If you can't say why you like someone, you might be charmed." (any)

    "If you can't find the bait of the trap then you are it." (Kobold)
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    Dwarf Nursery Rhyme - "The miner with the candle went to dig for gold. The miner with the candle did not come back again."
    For a race with darkvision that works underground where explosive gasses can build up, a miner with a candle is a man who carries an unnecessary tool and pays the price for it. I imagine that it probably rhymes in Dwarfish.

    Hunter Race - "What color is the Great White Buck?"
    No need to go looking for something if you already know the answer.

    Orcs - "A human's pelt."
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    Dwarves: "Don't trust anything with pointy ears. Don't trust anything green. And especially don't trust both."
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    *An elf and a human are talking to one another*

    Human: Right, sorry about that. Honest mistake, yeah?
    Elf: It is of no consequence. After all, "To err is human."
    Human: ...
    Elf: ...
    Human: And?
    Elf: And what?
    Human: Where's the rest of the saying?
    Elf: "And they sure do err a lot, too."
    Human: On second thought, I'm not sorry after all.

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    Dwarven Proverb: "Each mountain has its Balrog". Meaning at the start of a venture: "no pain no gain". Meaning after said venture has been annihilated by unspeakable forces: "What the hell were we trying to do over there?"

    Orc Proverb: "Double the meat, double the fun!", when pursued by horsemen.

    Elf Proverb: "A ring too large is just a collar": when things are too big for their intended purpose, they become a hindrance, and yet, because of the effort put into obtaining them, you are still bound to them.

    Elf, similar: "A Bridge to Nargothrond": Nargothrond could have been saved, had the stone bridge leading to it been destroyed while the enemy was still approaching. The King was too proud of it, and the Kingdom fell.
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    Wind may howl outside, but stone blocks it's path. But water can break stone, and fire can drive out water.

    Needs a little work
    This reminds me of the Rock, Paper, Scissors variant from the Xanth novels: Earth, Water, Fire. Dragons play it such that "Water covers Earth, Earth smothers fire, and Fire evaporates water", but merfolk say "Earth blocks Water, Fire melts Earth, and Water douses Fire." Which sort of fits in with this thread.

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    Any underground and/or dungeoneering and/or trapmaking race or group:

    "I wouldn't touch that with a 10ft pole." (The most grievous of all insults or the direst of all warnings.)

    "When the green slime hits the spinning blade trap..."

    "Absolutely anything can be a trap or a monster, no matter how unlikely it seems."

    "Fools rush in where angels prod the ground with 10ft poles."

    "Never run after a kobold underground."

    "If you see a dwarven miner running, try to keep up."

    "Don't look for traps on the floor so closely that you miss the green slime on the ceiling."

    "Always remember who can see in the dark and who can't."

    "Never strike a pillar unless you know exactly how much rock it's holding up."
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    Some of these are really cool. Here's some I came up with after reading this thread.

    “Dark is the day that never dawns.” [Any surface-dwelling race]
    -You never reap the benefits of what you never even start

    “The hand that shakes knows too little or too much.” [Dwarf]
    -Inexperience and overconfidence both birth incompetence
    -(Alternate) Fear can be the result of lack of understanding or being very familiar with the danger; this is often said when embarking on potentially dangerous expeditions as a shut-down of someone calling someone else a coward
    “The hand that shakes knows too little or too much ale.” [Dwarf]
    -Being just the right amount of drunk makes you braver

    “Gold and scale both shine.” [Dragon]
    -(More social dragon meaning) Comforts and companions both important
    -(Alternate meaning) Be pragmatic about your hoard; if protecting it gets dicey, escaping with your life is more important
    Dragons will sometimes give this advice to non-dragons with either meaning; if they use the second meaning it is meant as a more general "Don't die protecting your stuff"

    “You cannot pluck fruit from the sapling.” [Elf]
    -Good things take time
    -Don’t try to peak when you are young
    -Youths are foolish
    -Respect your elders
    -Leadership should be done by the experienced
    Which one is meant is based on context

    “Daggers in the dark don’t work in the tunnels.” [Halfling]
    -Never try to trick, betray, or cheat Dwarves
    The idea behind the wording of the proverb is Dwarves have darkvision: they’ll see it coming

    “Clank clank tock boom. Clank clank tick tock.” [Gnome]
    -Keep trying until you get it right
    -Mistakes happen
    -Be careful, even a small slip-up could be the difference between success and disaster
    Which one is meant depends on the way it’s said
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