As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.
There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.