Words of Wisdom – Tirukkural

If a man be his own guard, let him guard himself against rage. Left unguarded, his own wrath will annihilate him.

Gentle speech flows from love, is free from deceit, and is as music in the mouth of the virtuous. Gentle speech, with a cheerful countenance, surpasses the gift of the wealthy.

Amassing great wealth is gradual, like the gathering of a theater crowd. Its dispersal is sudden, like that same crowd departing.

Should a fool fall upon a great fortune, strangers will feast while his family starves.

Tirukkural