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Ne despicias narrationem presbyterorum sapientium, et in proverbiis eorum conversare; ab ipsis enim disces sapientiam et doctrinam intellectus et servire magnatis sine querela. Non te praetereat narratio seniorum, ipsi enim didicerunt a patribus suis; quoniam ab ipsis disces intellectum et in tempore necessitatis dare responsum.

Despise not the discourse of them that are ancient and wise, but acquaint thyself with their proverbs. For of them thou shalt learn wisdom, and instruction of understanding, and to serve great men without quarrel. Let not the discourse of the ancients escape thee, for they have learned of their fathers: for of them thou shalt learn understanding, and to given an answer in time of need.

Ecclus. VIII. 9-12.