it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here,"1 than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman. What you have seen with your eyes
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do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?2
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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.3
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Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.4
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Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.5
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Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,6 and a gentle tongue can break a bone.7
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If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.8
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Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-- too much of you, and he will hate you.