The Good Book: Proverbs, chapter 6: Ambition

There’s something about this self-proclaimed book of Proverbs that showcases the worst faults of the book as a whole. Every statement I’ve read so far has been either obvious to the point of platitude, insufficently nuanced to be useful advice or overly laboured in its metaphors. Take this current chapter:

1 – Ambition is the growth of every clime.
obvious
2 – Ambition obeys no law but its own.
insufficently nuanced
3 – Ambition spends unwisely what avarice collected.
insufficently nuanced
4 – They shoot higher who aim at the sun than those who aim at a tree.
laboured and unclear metaphor
5 – Low ambition and thirst of praise: marks of the worthless.
unclear: does Grayling mean a low level of ambition or ambition for low things?
6 – One does not heed the rungs of the ladder by which one climbs.
a nice metaphor, but also plainly wrong: one most carefully heeds the next rung one plans to climb.
7 – There is nothing humbler than ambition when it first starts to climb.
insufficently nuanced
8 – There is no eel so small but it hopes to become a whale.
obvious