The heart finds beauty in what impresses it. I fear God the most, followed by those who do not fear Him. Be patient, for all things are difficult before they become easy. A wise man among the ignorant is like a beautiful girl among blind men. The worth of something is not increased by damaging something else. It is not virtuous to gain the whole world, only the heart of one person. Do good, even to the wicked. Shut a dog's mouth with a crumb, and seek safety on the shore. Forgiveness is commendable, but do not apply ointment to the wound of an oppressor. When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when the spirit is empty, the body becomes flesh. If a gem falls into mud, it is still valuable; if dust ascends to heaven, it remains valueless. Virtue lies in the mind, not in appearance. Whatever is produced in haste goes hastily to waste. Every leaf of the tree becomes a page of the book once the heart is opened and has learned to read. Roam abroad and enjoy the world before the day comes when you must leave it for good. The traveler without knowledge is like a bird without wings. Make no friendship with an elephant keeper if you have no room for an elephant. A beautiful woman is a jewel, a good woman is a treasure. A person who is ignorant benefits from silence. Do not reveal men's secret faults, for by disgracing them, you disgrace yourself. People admire the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock while he himself is ashamed of his ugly feet. The best loved by God are those with the humility of the poor, and those that are poor and have the magnanimity of the rich. Ants fighting together will vanquish the lion. An enemy to whom you show kindness becomes your friend. I have never seen a man lost who was on a straight path. Whoever gives advice to a heedless man is himself in need of advice. No person learned the art of archery from me who did not, in the end, make me his target. Whoever recounts your faults to you will expose your defects to others. Better is the sinner who thinks about God than the saint who only shows sanctity. Use a sweet tongue, courtesy, and gentleness, and you may guide an elephant by a hair. Drop by drop makes an inundation. None can be as true to your secret as yourself. However much you study, you cannot know without action. A donkey laden with books is neither intellectual nor wise. It is safer to be silent than to reveal a secret. Be generous, pleasant tempered, and forgiving. The grateful dog is better than an ungrateful man. Do not curl your whiskers in contempt for your enemy, for in every bone there is marrow and within every jacket there is a man. The man of virtue, judgment, and prudence speaks only when there is silence. Patience accomplishes its object, while hurry speeds to its ruin. A foolish woman gives herself up to a man, but a wise one makes him suffer.