Dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off a foul odor; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left.
Even when fools walk on the road, they lack sense, and show to everyone that they are fools.
If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your post, for calmness will undo great offenses.
There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as great an error as if it proceeded from the ruler:
folly is set in many high places, and the rich sit in a low place.
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