1. Have you sinned, my son? Do not do it again and beg forgiveness for your past sins.

2. Escape from sin as you would from a snake; if you go near, it will bite you. Its teeth are like those of a lion and destroy human lives.

3. All evil is like a double-edged sword which inflicts wounds past remedy.

4. Violence and pride bring down the rich; the arrogant man's house will be brought low.

5. The poor man's prayer reaches the ears of the Lord and his judgment will not delay.

6. Whoever hates correction goes the way of sinners; he who fears the Lord turns to him in his heart.

7. The chatterer is known everywhere, but the discreet man recognizes his weakness.

8. Building a house with borrowed money is like collecting stones for your own tomb.

9. The meeting of sinners is like a pile of rope which will go up in fire and flames.

10. The path of sinners is well paved but it ends in the fiery abyss.

11. He who keeps the Law is in control of his thoughts; the fear of the Lord brings wisdom.

12. The man who is not clever will never be taught; but there is a cleverness which leads to bitterness.

13. The wise man's knowledge spreads out like a flood and his advice is like a spring.

14. The fool's heart is like a broken glass which cannot hold any teaching.

15. If an educated man hears a wise saying he values it and adds another. If the good-for-nothing hears it he is annoyed and tosses it over his shoulder.

16. The fool's talk weighs like a load while the wise man's words give rest.

17. The assembly awaits the wise man's words; each one takes to heart whatever he says.

18. The fool's wisdom is like a house in ruins, the knowledge of the fool amounts to nonsense.

19. As far as the fool is concerned, instruction is no more than handcuffs and fetters.

20. The idiot laughs aloud while the intelligent man merely smiles quietly.

21. Instruction is like a golden ornament to the shrewd man, like a bracelet on his right arm.

22. The fool steps inside the house immediately, the experienced man would not be so bold.

23. The fool looks in through the door, the polite man remains outside.

24. Listening outside doors reveals a bad upbringing, the upright man would be ashamed of doing so.

25. Strangers speak thoughtlessly of everything, while wise men's words are carefully weighed.

26. The heart of fools is in their mouth, but the mouth of the wise is in their heart.

27. When the godless man curses his opponent, the curse descends on himself.

28. The slanderer taints himself and makes himself hated by all around him.

“O temor e a confiança devem dar as mãos e proceder como irmãos. Se nos damos conta de que temos muito temor devemos recorrer à confiança. Se confiamos excessivamente devemos ter um pouco de temor”. São Padre Pio de Pietrelcina