"Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
a servant who becomes king,1 a fool who is full of food,
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an unloved woman who is married, and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.
"Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;2
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coneys3 are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
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locusts4 have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;
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a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.
"There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:
a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing;
a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king with his army around him.
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"If you have played the fool and exalted yourself, or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth!5
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For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."