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Thirukural on Learning

The most precious wealth is the wealth acquired by the ear. Indeed, of all wealth, that wealth is paramount.

Though he has no learning, if a man listens to the learned, that will serve as his staff of strength in adversity.

Words from the lips of upright men are like a steadying staff in a slippery place.

Let a man listen to good things, however little. Even that little will enlarge his greatness.

Even more wretched that a learned man’s poverty is the unlearned man’s wealth.

Like unproductive barren land is the man who has neglected learning. All that can be said about him is that he exists.