the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a girl.
This is the way of an adulteress: she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, "I have done no wrong."
Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up:
a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when glutted with food;
an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maid when she succeeds her mistress.
Four things on earth are small, yet they are exceedingly wise:
the ants are a people without strength, yet they provide their food in the summer;
the badgers are a people without power, yet they make their homes in the rocks;
the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank;
the lizard a can be grasped in the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.
Three things are stately in their stride; four are stately in their gait:
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