do not bringa hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?19
If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence,
or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.212
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.313
Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.414
Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,5 and a gentle tongue can break a bone.616
If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.717
Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-- too much of you, and he will hate you.
Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.8