honor and profit lie not in one sack
/ˈɑːnɚɹ ænd pɹˈɑːfɪt lˈaɪ nˌɑːt ɪn wˈʌn sˈæk/
used to suggest that it is difficult to achieve both financial success and maintain a high level of moral or ethical standards at the same time
make yourself all honey and the flies will devour you
/mˌeɪk joːɹsˈɛlf ˈɔːl hˈʌni ænd ðə flˈaɪz wɪl dɪvˈaɪʊɹ juː/
used to suggest that some people might take advantage of those who are very kind, gentle, or always willing to please others
if your friend is honey, do not lick him thoroughly
/ɪf jʊɹ fɹˈɛnd ɪz hˈʌni duːnˌɑːt lˈɪk hˌɪm θˈʌɹoʊli/
used to warn against taking advantage of a friend's kindness or generosity to the point of overindulgence or exploitation
he that will steal an egg will steal an ox
/hiː ðæt wɪl stˈiːl ɐn ˈɛɡ wɪl stˈiːl ɐn ˈɑːks/
used to imply that a person who is willing to commit a small act of dishonesty or theft is likely to commit more significant acts
corporations have neither bodies to be punished, nor souls to be damned
/kˌɔːɹpɚɹˈeɪʃənz hæv nˈiːðɚ bˈɑːdɪz təbi pˈʌnɪʃt nˈɔːɹ sˈoʊlz təbi dˈæmd/
used to imply that corporations may be able to engage in unethical or immoral behavior without facing the same consequences as individuals who engage in similar behavior
it (sure) is easy to find a stick to beat a dog
/ɪt ʃˈʊɹ ɪz ˈiːzi tə fˈaɪnd ɐ stˈɪk tə bˈiːt ɐ dˈɑːɡ/
used to suggest that it is easy to find fault or criticize someone, especially someone vulnerable, even if they have done nothing wrong or the fault is minor
all lay loads on a willing horse
/ˈɔːl lˈeɪ lˈoʊdz ˌɑːn ɐ wˈɪlɪŋ hˈɔːɹs/
used to suggest that people tend to take advantage of those who are generous and willing to help, often without considering their own responsibilities or limitations
lying a little and stealing a little will get you nicely through the world
/lˈaɪɪŋ ɐ lˈɪɾəl ænd stˈiːlɪŋ ɐ lˈɪɾəl wɪl ɡɛt juː nˈaɪsli θɹuː ðə wˈɜːld/
used to suggest that dishonesty and theft can be useful strategies for achieving success
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