- Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!
- Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
- By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
- A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
- Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
- Woe to you, O land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning.
- Blessed are you, O land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time-- for strength and not for drunkenness.
- If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.
- A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.
- Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.