VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Eights
III: On Householders
Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.
The attribute of children is crying;
of women-folk, scolding;
of thieves, fighting;
of rajahs, rule;
of fools, contention;
of wise men, suavity;
of the learned, scrutiny;
of recluse and godly man, patience.
These, monks, are the eight attributes.'
 Āvudha, lit. weapon.
Proverbs xviii, 6: A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
 Paṭisankhāna. Comy. paccavekkhana; cf. DhS. trsl. 354.