People ruin their lives by their own stupidity,
so why does God always get blamed?
Wealth attracts friends as honey draws flies,
but poor people are avoided like a plague.
Perjury won’t go unpunished.
Would you let a liar go free?
Lots of people flock around a generous person;
everyone’s a friend to the philanthropist.
When you’re down on your luck, even your family avoids you—
yes, even your best friends wish you’d get lost.
If they see you coming, they look the other way—
out of sight, out of mind.
Grow a wise heart—you’ll do yourself a favor;
keep a clear head—you’ll find a good life.
The person who tells lies gets caught;
the person who spreads rumors is ruined.
Blockheads shouldn’t live on easy street
any more than workers should give orders to their boss.
Smart people know how to hold their tongue;
their grandeur is to forgive and forget.
Mean-tempered leaders are like mad dogs;
the good-natured are like fresh morning dew.