Tirukkural on Speaking Pleasant Words

Pleasant words, full of tenderness and devoid of deceit, fall from the lips of virtuous men.

Better than a gift given with a joyous heart are sweet words spoken with a cheerful smile.

Poverty provoking sorrow will not pursue those who speak joy-producing words to all they meet.

Humility and pleasant words are the jewels that adorn a man; there are none other.


Words yield spiritual rewards and moral excellence when they do not wander far from usefulness and agreeableness. 
Tirukkural