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They tended to create an internal and external behavior based on reflection and auto-control of impulses. They teach how to live in a balanced way, how to interact with oneself and also with his family and society. They teach the value of friendship, generosity and love, the pernicious effects of pride, arrogance and greed, when and how one should speak and when to keep silent, etc. Outlined below some examples: follow your heart while you are on Earth and makes a perfect day (Estela 37984 British Museum) not increpes your partner in the midst of a dispute and be sure to express what your heart can repent (teachings of Amenemope, twentieth dynasty) who courageously faces a disgrace, not feel all the rigor of misfortune (Anjsesongy) not ensalces more to the son of the man of rank that to the of humble birthplace. Judge a man by his actions.(Merikara) Perfect yourself before your eyes, beware that not one whom you have to refine (Djedefhor teachings, dynasty IV) not anores your House when you’re working; not receive antipathy to a person just by looking at it, if you know nothing of it; not ’cause you while you have something; Don’t let that they disturb the material things. You’re not dissatisfied with your work.(Anjsesongy) You do not vanaglories of your knowledge, nor enorgullezcas you because you are a wise man.

Taking Council of the ignorant in the same way that Sage therefore has not reached the limit of the art, and there is no artisan who purchased its perfection. (Ptahhotep) One of the most interesting digests that has come to us is the highest call of Ptahhotep, of the v dynasty The texts have some four thousand years, though its exact dating is a controversial issue. The main text that conveys the teaching of Ptahhotep is called Papyrus Prisse, deposited at the French National Library.