A spoken reprimand is better
than approval that’s never expressed.
The wounds from a lover are worth it;
kisses from an enemy do you in.
When you’ve stuffed yourself, you refuse dessert;
when you’re starved, you could eat a horse.
People who won’t settle down, wandering hither and yon,
are like restless birds, flitting to and fro.
Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight,
a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
Don’t leave your friends or your parents’ friends
and run home to your family when things get rough;
Better a nearby friend
than a distant family.
Become wise, dear child, and make me happy;
then nothing the world throws my way will upset me.
A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks;
a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.
Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger;
be wary of accepting what a transient has pawned.
If you wake your friend in the early morning
by shouting “Rise and shine!”
It will sound to him
more like a curse than a blessing.