I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.
Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.
If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.
If a snake bites before it is charmed, the charmer receives no fee.
Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.
At the beginning their words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness—
and fools multiply words. No one knows what is coming— who can tell someone else what will happen after them?
The toil of fools wearies them; they do not know the way to town.
Woe to the land whose king was a servantand whose princes feast in the morning.
Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time— for strength and not for drunkenness.