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We are usually the best men, when we are worst in health'.
Learning is wealth to the poor, an honour to the rich, and a support and comfort to old age.
Learning procures respect to good fortune, and helps out the bad.
The master makes the house to be respected, not the house the master.
The short and true way to reputation, is to take care to be in truth what we would have others think us to be.
A good reputation is a second, or half an estate.
He is the better man who comes nearest to the best.
A wrong judgment of things is the most mischievous thing in the world.
The neglect or contempt of riches makes a man more truly great than the possession of them.
That only is true honour which he gives who deserves it himself.
Look always upon life, and use it as a thing that is lent you.
Civil offers are for all men, and good offices for our friends.
Nothing in the world is stronger than a man, but his own passions. •
When a man comes into troubles, money is one of his best friends.
He only is the great learned man, who knows enough to make him live well.
An empty purse and a new house finished make a man wi»t!, but 'tis somewhat too late.
MORAL SENTENCES, BY THE FEMALE PHILOSOPHER AYYAR: TRANSLATED FROM THE LANGUAGE OF THE MALABAR?, OR TAMULS.
Glory and honour be to the divine son' pf him who is crowned with the flowers of the Ati (Bauhinia tomentosa).
Charity be thy pleasure.
Be not passionate.
Be not a raiser in giving.
Hinder none in charity.
Do not manifest thy secrets.
Lose not thy courage.
Exercise thyself in cyphering and writing.
To live on alms is shameful.
Give, and then eat.
Converse only with the peaceful.
Never cease to improve in learning.
Do not speak what is dishonest,
Do not raise the price of victuals.
Do not say more than thou hast seen.
Take care of what is most dear.
Bathe every Saturday.
Speak what is agreeable.
Build not too large a house.
Know first one's character, before thou art confident.
Honour thy father and mother.
Do not forget benefits received.
Sow in due time.
Tillage gives the best livelihood.
1 One of the gods generally invoked by the Tamuls at the commencement of any undertaking.
Do not walk about melancholy.
Do not play with snakes.
Bed thyself on cotton (soft).
Do not speak craftily.
Do not flatter.
Learn whilst thou art young.
Do not forget what is best for thy body.
To protect is noble.
Seek a constant happiness.
Avoid what is low.
Keep strongly what is good.
Do not part with thy friend.
Do not hurt any body.
Hear and improve.
Do not use thy hands to do mischief.
Do not desire stolen goods.
Be not slothful in thy actions.
Keep strictly to the laws of the country. \
Make not others blush by thy speaking.
Do not love gaming.
What thou dost, do with propriety.
Consider the place where thou goest.
Do not walk about as a spy.
Do not speak too much.
Do not walk about like a dreamer.
Converse with those who are polite.
Endeavour to be settled at a fixed place.
Dedicate thyself to Tirumal, Vishtnoo.
Abhor what is bad.
Indulge not thy distress.'
Save rather than destroy.
Speak not disrespectfully of the Deity.
Be on good terms with thy fellow citizens. Do not mind what women say. Do not despise thy ancestors. Do not pursue a conquered enemy. Be constant in virtue. Have a regard for country people. . Remain in thy station. Do not play in water. Do not occupy thyself with trifles. "Keep the divine laws. Cultivate what gives the best fruit. Remain constantly in what is just. Do thy business without murmur. Do not speak ill of any body. Do not make thyself sick. Mock not those who have any bodily defect Go not where a snake may lie. Do not speak of others' faults. Keep far from infection. Endeavour to get a good name. . Seek thy livelihood by tilling the ground. Endeavour to get the protection of the great. Avoid being simple. Converse not with the wicked. Be prudent in applying thy money. Come not near to thy adversary. Choose what is the best. Do not come near one who is in a passion. Avoid the company of choleric men. Converse with those who are meek. Follow the advices of wise men. Go not into the house of the dancing girls. Speak distinctly to be well understood. Abhor bad lnsts.
Do not speak falsely.
Do not like dispute.
Endeavour to get a house of your own.
Be an honest man.
Live peaceful With thy fellow citizen.
Do not speak frightfully.
Do not evil purposely.
Be clean in thy clothes.
Go only where there is peace.
Love religious meditation.
From the Asiatit Researches.
OTHER MORAL SENTENCES: BY THE SAME FEMALE PHILOSOPHER.
Continual praise be to the son1 of him, who is crowned with the flower of Konnei (Poinciana pulcherrima).
Mother and father are the first known deity.
A good man attendeth religious service.
Without one's own house, there is no where a good lodging.
The estate of the wicked will be robbed by the wicked.
Modesty is the best ornament of the fair sex.
If one maketh himself hateful to his fellow creatures, he must entirely perish.
Exercise in writing and cyphering is most usefal.
1 See the preceding note.