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“Gripped by envy no man can move ahead.
He’ll collapse under that load of lead.”

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Tirukkural

“He who works with respect for the work.
Not driven by desire, will do well—be he king, be he clerk.”

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Tirukkural

“Here today, gone tomorrow
Fun today, tomorrow sorrow
‘Wondrous’ indeed is this odd world
(For want of a better or odder word)”

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Tirukkural

“Honest wealth bequeathed endures.
And heirs from grief inures.”

Thiruvalluvar
Tirukkural

“How can one not see the ugliness of eating meat?
How can one made of flesh another’s flesh eat?”

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Tirukkural

“If food is what keeps us alive
’t Is rain that gives food its life.”

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Tirukkural

“If you don’t see what’s behind that which you see.
You’re as blind as blind can be.”

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Tirukkural

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“If you eye what others have with envy’s burning eyes.
Misery and penury will strike those you prize.”

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Tirukkural

“If you’re jealous, you’re scripting your own ill-fate.
You stand as your own enemy, stone in hand, at your own gate.”

Thiruvalluvar
Tirukkural

“If you’ve been helped, don’t forget it, not for a single day.
But if you’ve been wronged, you must forget it—and right away!”

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Tirukkural

“Joins sky to earth, it does, life on our planet to sustain.
And so ‘heaven’s true nectar’ is how we call the rain.”

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Tirukkural

“Knowing all wealth goes fast.
Use it to make something that’ll last.”

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Tirukkural

“Men of the world who forgive insults and worse.
Are greater than hermits who, in hungry caves, scowl and curse.”

Thiruvalluvar
Tirukkural

“My life goes waste,’ you cry in pain and yet you cry in vain.
Remember, when need knocked on your door you only showed disdain.”

Thiruvalluvar
Tirukkural

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“No one’s ‘born noble’ on this earth.
Conduct makes you trustworthy, not birth.”

Thiruvalluvar
Tirukkural

“None can tell if she or he will last the day today.
And yet we go, fools that we are, planning and plotting away.”

Thiruvalluvar
Tirukkural

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“Pleasing it is to hear oneself called wise.
More so to see an offspring’s wisdom cause surprise.”

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Tirukkural

“Self-control is wealth, guard it with zeal.
No other strength can match that steel.”

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Tirukkural

“Strength comes from fencing in the senses five.
And nursing a seedbed for the next life.”

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Tirukkural

“That life’s tree will always be in leaf,
Is a foolish and fond belief,”

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Tirukkural

“The butcher with his knife cuts up living, breathing things.
The glutton with his teeth completes the grim proceedings.”

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Tirukkural

“The day, I see, as a day, of course, but also another way.
As a fine-toothed saw that saws life down day by day by day.”

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Tirukkural

“The fruit of a tree from stolen seed can never ever taste sweet.
Your tongue just mustn’t crave what is not yours to eat.”

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Tirukkural

“The heart, the heart, it knows the true from the false.
It burns, yes, burns when falsehood breeds within its walls.”

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Tirukkural

“The honest rich commit their riches for others’ good.
Not to shameless self-indulgence as the vulgar rich would.”

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Tirukkural

“The more from yourself you yourself untie
The faster from the pain of that tie you fly.”

Thiruvalluvar
Tirukkural

“The rich going bankrupt, the dull turning bright.
Happen very exactly under fate’s oversight.”

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Tirukkural

“The soul is a wanderer, a wanderer is she.
She sits in the body, just waiting to flee.”

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Tirukkural

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“The well-regulated life is a well-sowed seed.
The ill-regulated one, a pain-giving weed.”

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Tirukkural

“The world salutes an upright man.
No matter how small his estate’s span.”

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Tirukkural

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