the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.
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 he is filled with food;
an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maid when she succeeds her mistress.
Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise:
the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;
the badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the rocks;
the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank;
the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in kings' palaces.
Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride: