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Explanation: oq.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/2/1/76.pdf (which, however, we can't access without paying). but there was enough to see this interpretation of JOHN LOUIS DIGAETANI in his 'Puccini's Tosca and the Necessity of Agnosticism': "make jokes with fools, but leave the saints alone".
honestly, i can't think of an english equivalent of the proverb.
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