"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,
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;226
coneysa3 are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts4 have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;
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.b32
"If you have played the fool and exalted yourself, or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth!533
For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."