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Tirukforbearance,thirukkural-On Virtue-Forbearance-forbearance,thirukkural 153

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Inmaiyul inmai virunthoraal vanmaiyul

Vanmai madavaarp porai

It is the worst of poverty to have an unfed guest;While the best in strength is to bear with a fool.

This is an emphatic way of presenting the virtue of forbearance, even when it is as taxing as dealing with an idiot. The comparison of such a situation is aptly made with the extremely disgraceful poverty of having an unfed guest.

In this connection it will be appropriate to compare Valluvar's own expression 'poverty in plenty' as it occurs in forbearance,thirukkural 89.

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Story first published: Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 15:50 [IST]