A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'
Pure men of studied eloquence should study
Let good men who know the orator's art knowingly await
Failing to assess an audience before venturing to speak
Be brilliant before brilliant men; but assume
Of all good things, the best is the polite reserve
To blunder before perceptive, erudite men
A learned man's learning shines the brightest
Speaking to an audience of thinking men
Those who speak good things to good and learned gatherings
Expounding to a throng of unfit men
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.