Rein in antagonism against the strong,
but unleash animosity against feeble adversaries.
How can an unloving man, with neither powerful allies
nor the strength to stand alone, overcome mighty enemies?
He who is fearful, ignorant, unfriendly and uncharitable
proves an easy prey to his enemies.
Letting go of his secrets but not his antipathy,
a man becomes easy prey to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Without character, conscience, piety and propriety,
a man may yet be delightful--to his enemies!
Even hatred can be a welcome thing, when it comes from
scoundrels seized by blind rage and indulgent lust.
Some men undertake a task, then undermine it unawares.
Acquire their hatred--indeed, pay good money for it.
If a man has no virtues and many vices, he will surely have
no allies, and this will be his enemies' surest advantage.
Finding that his foe is ignorant and afraid to fight,
the attacker's cheerfulness cannot forsake him.
Fame will flee the grasp of one who fails to grasp
the wealth of an enemy who is angry and unlearned.
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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.