- Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning.
- Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time--for strength and not for drunkenness.
- Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.
- Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.
- Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.
- 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.