And these few precepts in thy memory see thou character.
Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportioned thought his act.
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. (Proverbs 6:12)
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer, but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. (Proverbs 15:28)
He that hath knowledge spareth his words, and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise, and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. (Proverbs 17:27-28)
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead…. He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honor. (Proverbs 21:16, 21)
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief, but a man of understanding hath wisdom. (Proverbs 10:23)
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips, and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. (Proverbs 17:4)
As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, so is the man that deceiveth his neighbor and saith, “Am I not in sport?” (Proverbs 26:18-19)
The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
A friend loeth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Provers 18:24)
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful…. Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel…. Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (Proverbs 27: 6, 9, 17)
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment of each new-hatched, unfledged comrade.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (Proverbs 13:20)
Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man thou shalt not go, lest thou learn his ways and get a snare to thy soul. (Proverbs 22:24-25)
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint. (Proverbs 25:19)
Beware of entrance to a quarrel…
Only by pride cometh contention, but with the well-advised is wisdom. (Proverbs 13:10)
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. (Proverbs 16:32)
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife, but every fool will be meddling. (Proverbs 20:3)
But, being in, bear it that the opposed beware of thee.
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death and those that are ready to be slain, if thou sayest, “Behold, we knew it not,” doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? And He that keepeth thy soul, doth He not know it? And shall not He render to every man according to his works? (Proverbs 24:10-12)
A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring. (Proverbs 25:26)
The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1)
Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin, but he that refraineth his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)
Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge, but a fool layeth open his folly. (Proverbs 13:16)
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame to him. (Proverbs 18:3)
Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge, but he that hateth reproof is brutish… The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. (Proverbs 12:1, 15)
Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction, but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. (Proverbs 13:18)
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way, and he that hateth reproof shall die. (Proverbs15:10)
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, but not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy: for the apparel oft proclaims the man…
Wisdom is the principal thing. Therefore get Wisdom, and with all thy getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee honour when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. (Proverbs 4:7-9)
Neither a borrower nor a lender be: for loan oft loses both itself and friend; and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7)
This above all – to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool. (Proverbs 19:1)
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness, but a faithful man, who can find? (Proverbs 20:6)
Hear counsel and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. (Proverbs 19:20-21)
William Shakespeare (Hamlet: Act 1, scene 3)