A surly, stupid child is sheer pain to a father,
a bitter pill for a mother to swallow.
It’s wrong to penalize good behavior,
or make good citizens pay for the crimes of others.
The one who knows much says little;
an understanding person remains calm.
Even dunces who keep quiet are thought to be wise;
as long as they keep their mouths shut, they’re smart.
Words Kill, Words Give Life
Loners who care only for themselves
spit on the common good.
Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse;
all they do is run off at the mouth.
When wickedness arrives, shame’s not far behind;
contempt for life is contemptible.
Many words rush along like rivers in flood,
but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.
It’s not right to go easy on the guilty,
or come down hard on the innocent.
The words of a fool start fights;
do him a favor and gag him.