Ptah-Hotep

(Ptahhotep)

Quotes
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Activity produces riches, and riches do not endure when it slackens. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Be not arrogant because of that which you know; deal with the ignorant as with the learned Leaders & Leadership
Do not repeat calumny, neither hear it. It is the way of expression of the hot-bellied Report a thing observed, not heard. If it is negligible, do not say anything Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Don't let your heart get big because of your knowledge. Take counsel with the ignorant as well as with the scholar. Miscellaneous
He who listens is beloved of god, he who does not listen is hated by god. [It is] the heart [which] makes of its owner a listener or a non-listener….The fool who does not listen can accomplish nothing at all. Miscellaneous
If you are a leader, setting forward your plans according to that which you decide, perform perfect actions which posterity may remember, without letting the words prevail with you which multiply flattery, which excite pride and produce vanity. Leaders & Leadership
If You are a magistrate of standing, commissioned to appease the many, remove stupidity from the record. When You speak, do not lean to one side, beware lest one complain. Leaders & Leadership
If You are a man of trust, sent by one great man to another, be exact when he sends You. Give his message as he said it. Guard against slanderous speech, which embroils one great with another. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
If You are a man who leads, calmly hear the speech of one who pleads, (and) do not stop him from purging his body of that which he planned to tell. Leaders & Leadership
If You are a man who leads, charged to direct the affairs of a great number, be careful of your every deeds, so that your conduct may be blameless. Leaders & Leadership
If You are a man who leads, that your way to govern may freely travel, You should do outstanding things. Leaders & Leadership
If you are a wise man, sitting in the council of your lord, direct your thought toward that which is wise. Be silent rather than scatter your words. When you speak, know that which can be brought against you. To speak in the council is an art, and speech is criticized more than any other labor; it is contradiction which puts it to the proof Oratory, Discussion & Debate
If You are among the people, gain allies as does a man worthy of trust who reaches the heart. He who reaches the heart, does not vent his belly's speech.) He will himself become a man who commands, a man of means thanks to his behavior. Leaders & Leadership
If You are mighty, gain respect through knowledge and gentleness of speech. Do not command except as is fitting. Leaders & Leadership
If you find a disputant while he is hot, do not despise him because you are not of the same opinion. Be not angry against him when he is wrong; away with such a thing. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Keep an eye on him who enters announcing that what he asks is secret Secrecy & Transparency
Let your thoughts be abundant, but let your mouth be under restraint. Leaders & Leadership
Pass over the old error, do not recall it. Miscellaneous
Teach the great what is useful to him, be his aid before the people. Miscellaneous
The great of heart is a gift of god. He who obeys his belly, obeys the enemy Miscellaneous