- 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 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.