Non date mai una cattedra a chi la chiede. Comunque negatela a chi finge di non chiederla e se dice che la rifiuterebbe prendetelo in parola.

High horses

Never give a high horse to who asks for it. Anyway deny it to who simulates not to ask for it and, if he affirms that would decline it, take him at his word.
(Translation by Giulia Bonazza)