Saturday, December 6, 2008

A man's wealth

If his countenance is harsh and access to him is hard,
A man's wealth, however vast, might as well belong to a demon.

If he is unkind and speaks cruelly,
A man's lofty wealth cannot last long--it ends right there.

Virulent language and overly severe punishment,
Like a keen file, grind down a king's conquering powers.

-Tirukkural 57: 565-567