If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch;
if he’s thirsty, bring him a drink.
Your generosity will surprise him with goodness,
and God will look after you.
A north wind brings stormy weather,
and a gossipy tongue stormy looks.
Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack
than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.
Like a cool drink of water when you’re worn out and weary
is a letter from a long-lost friend.
A good person who gives in to a bad person
is a muddied spring, a polluted well.
It’s not smart to stuff yourself with sweets,
nor is glory piled on glory good for you.
A person without self-control
is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.
Fools Recycle Silliness
We no more give honors to fools
than pray for snow in summer or rain during harvest.
You have as little to fear from an undeserved curse
as from the dart of a wren or the swoop of a swallow.