Let no man either by his words,or by his actions, ever seducethee, Nor entice thee to say or to do what is not profitable for thee.27, 28, 29. Consult anddeliberate before thou act, that
thou may’st not commit foolish
actions. For it is the part of amiserable man to speak and actwithout reflection.But do that which will notafflict thee afterwards, nor oblige thee to repentance.30, 31. Never do anythingwhich thou dost not understand; but learn all things thououghtest to know, and by thatmeans thou wilt lead a very pleasant life.32, 33, 34. In no wise neglectthe health of thy body; but giveit drink and meat in duemeasure, and also the exerciseof which it has need. Now, by measure, I mean whatwill not incommode thee.35, 36, 37, 38. Accustomthyself to a way of living that isneat and decent, without luxury.Avoid all things that willoccasion envy. And be notexpensive out of season, likeone who knows not what isdecent and honourable.But be neither covetous nor niggardly. A due measure isexcellent in all things!39. Do only the things thatcannot hurt thee, and deliberate
before thou do’st them.
Let no man’s word or deed
seduce thee to do or sayaught not to thy best good.First think, then act; lestfoolish be thydeed. Unhappy he whothoughtless acts and speaks:But that which after vexesnot do thou.Do naught thou dost notunderstand; but learn thatwhich is right, and sweetwill be thy life. Nor shouldest thou thy
body’s health neglect, but
give it food and drink andexercise in measure;that is, to cause it no distress.Decent, without vain show,thy way of life:Look well to this, that nonethou envious make byunmeet expense, like onewho lacks good taste. Nor niggard be: in all themean is best.Do that which cannot harmthee. Think, then act.Let no one with speech or with deeds e'er deceive you;To do or to say what is notthe best,Think, ere you act, thatnothing stupid result; To actinconsiderately is part of afool;Yet whatever later will not bring you repentance, thatyou should carry through,Do nothing beyond what youknow; yet learn what youmay need; thus shall your life grow happy. Neither grow anxious aboutthe health of the body; Keepmeasure in eating anddrinking, and every exerciseof the body;By measure, I mean whatlater will not induce pain;Follow clean habits of life, but not the luxurious;Avoid what envy arouses.At the wrong time, never be prodigal, as if you did notknow what was proper; Nor show yourself stingy;that which is medium is ever the best.