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Naladiyar Quotes

Naladiyar is a Tamil classic literary work – teachings on morality, virtue, wealth and love.

The seed of the banyan tree, though exceedingly small, grows into a large tree and affords abundant shade; in like manner, however small may be the benefit of a virtuous act, it covers as it were the face of heaven.

Learning is the best of all wealth; it is easy to carry, thieves cannot steal it, the tyrants cannot seize it; neither water nor fire can destroy it; and far from decreasing, it increases by giving.

Understand that these things are unstable which thou deemest stable. Therefore do quickly the duties in thy power to perform if thou wouldst do them at all, for the days of life are gone, and even now death is come.

The excellent will not be hot and angry when their inferiors oppose them and utter bad words.

The patience shown by one who has the power and ability to oppress others is patience indeed.

The wrath of an ignorant will continue to spread and run on a long time; the anger of a knowledgeable person will cool of itself, like the heat of boiling water.