Of his understanding
no one should be proud,
but rather in conduct cautious.
When the prudent and taciturn
come to a dwelling,
harm seldom befalls the cautious;
for a firmer friend
no man ever gets
than great sagacity.
In other words: No one should be proud. Harm seldom falls on the cautious. A man’s best friends is discernment.
Modern Life: It can often be difficult to find the right balance between pride and hopelessness since the slightest achievement or failure can have great impacts. The more good things that come into our lives, the easier (and sadly more uncontrollable) it can become to control our arrogance. The more bad things that come into our lives, the easier (and sadly, yet again, more uncontrollable) it can become to control our self-deprecation. Especially during the time of great transition we are in as young adults, when our feelings are jumbled together and insecurity is always looming over us, life is, put simply, hard. However, we should always have hope and strive to gain discernment in order to gain the a spirited mind and soft humility!
Literature: Having finished reading Othello (and taken the Othello test – glad that’s over:)), I find that Othello, the character, really needs to have read this quote. Though not necessarily prideful and arrogant, Othello’s naivety and stubbornness in believing “Honest Iago” ends in his tragic downfall. Othello was not cautious at all and fell susceptible to Iago’s dastardly scheme. If Othello had just been cognizant and more prudent, he may have saved his life and the life of Emilia, Roderigo, and his innocent wife, Desdemona.