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The sage who engages in controversy with ignorant people must not expect to be treated with honour; and if a fool should overpower a philosopher by his loquacity it is not to be wondered at, for a common stone will break a jewel.
Dost thou desire that thine own heart should not suffer, redeem thou the sufferer from the bonds of misery.
Were all thy fond endeavours vain To chase away the sufferer?s smart, Still hover near, lest absence pain
His lonely heart.
When thou utterest not a word thou hast laid thy hand upon it; when thou hast uttered it, it hath laid its hand on thee.
Anger that has no limit causes terror, and unseasonable kindness does away with respect. Be not so severe as to cause disgust, nor so lenient as to make people presume.
Be thou generous, and gentle, and forgiving; as God hath scattered upon thee, scatter thou upon others.
Hast thou not perfect excellence, ?tis best To keep thy tongue in silence, for ?tis this Which shames a man; as lightness does attest The nut is empty, nor of value is.
Heed not the flatterer?s fulsome talk, He from thee hopes some trifle to obtain; Thou wilt, shouldst thou his wishes baulk, Ten hundred times as much of censure gain.
If thou art a man, speak not much about thine own manliness, for not every champion driveth the ball to the goal.
Labour like a man, and be ready in doing kindnesses. He is a good-for-nothing fellow who eateth by the toil of another?s hand.
Let thy words between two foes be such that if they were to become friends thou shouldst not be ashamed.
Though you may yourself abound in treasure, teach your son some handicraft; for a heavy purse of gold and silver may run to waste, but the purse of the artisan?s industry can never get empty.
Whoso associates with the wicked will be accused of following their ways, though their principles may have made no impression upon him; just as if a person were in the habit of frequenting a tavern, he would not be supposed to go there for prayer, but to drink intoxicating liquor.
Whosoever hath not knowledge, and benevolence, and piety knoweth nothing of reality, and dwelleth only in semblance.
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