The words of the wise prod us to live well.
They’re like nails hammered home, holding life together.
They are given by God, the one Shepherd.
Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster, is one of my favorite kids’ books of all time. In it, Milo, his watchdog Tock, and the Humbug have to rescue the princesses Rhyme and Reason. Of course, they have all sorts of adventures along the way. After they succeed, Milo has the following conversation with the princesses and two kings (King Azaz of Dictionopolis and the Mathemagician of Digitopoplis).