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Sayings from Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural

Tirukkural is a Tamil poetic composition by Saint Tiruvalluvar and contains advises on various subjects.

Pretending knowledge of things not learnt, one loses credit for the knowledge one really possesses. Don’t pretend to be knowledgeable of things that one does not know.

Desire is the seed out of which is born the unending cycle of birth and rebirth.

If there is no true understanding all the knowledge that the five senses give is of no avail.

Pain of all kinds holds him in its relentless grip who fondly holds on to the things of the world.