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Tirukkural-On Virtue-Pleasing Speech Or Courtesy-Kural 95

By Staff

Panivudaiyan insolan aadhal oruvarkku

Aniyalla mattrup pira

Humility and pleasant speech constitute one's ornaments;

Other things do not count.

The best ornament of a virtuous man is the genuinely humble and pleasing speech.

Valluvar was obviously a genuine public relations man. These instructions are almost on the lines of the modern guidelines given by Dale Carnegie, in 'How to win friends and influence people.'

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Story first published: Monday, December 22, 2008, 14:20 [IST]