Hindu Preachers and Teachers
Why would anyone speak cruel words, Having observed the happiness that kind words confer? To utter harsh words when sweet ones would serve Is like eating unripe fruits when ripe ones are at hand.
Tirukkural 10: 99-100
Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.