Honor Is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest. Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg or like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk.
An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random. There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.
Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.
Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.
Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot. People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they are deceiving you. A lying tongued hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin. They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils. While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.
If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.
What you put onto others will come back to you sevenfold. Be to people what you would like for them to be to you. Think before you speak and always give thought to what you do and why you do it.