A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
What is folly? It is holding on to that which is harmful
The folly of all follies is to find pleasure in
To be shameless, uninquisitive, loveless and uncaring
No fool is more foolish than one who eagerly expounds
It only takes a single birth for a fool to earn by his efforts
Not knowing how to act, when a fool undertakes an enterprise,
Should a fool fall upon a great fortune,
If a fool happens to acquire something of value,
Friendship among fools is particularly sweet,
A fool's stepping into a saintly council
These daily couplets are drawn from Saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, an ethical masterpiece written over 2,200 years ago in South India. This American English translation, known as Weaver's Wisdom, is available at our Minimela online store.