31 Golden Sayings from Tamil Poetess Avvaiyar (Post No.4543)

Compiled by London Swaminathan 


Date: 25 DECEMBER 2017 


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Post No. 4543

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January 2018 Good Thoughts Calendar

Festival Days :-  January 1 New Year, 2 Arudra Darsanam, 13-Bogi Pandikai, 14 -Makara Sankaranti/Pongal, 24- Ratha Sapthami, 26- Republic Day, 30 -Gandhi’s death anniversary, 31- Thai Pusam, LUNAR ECLIPSE (Chandra Grahanam)

31 Golden Sayings from Tamil Poetess Avvaiyar’s books Muthurai and Nalvazi are given in this month’s calendar.

New Moon/Amavasai –16

Full Moon/Purnima– 2, 31+Lunar Eclipse

Ekadasi Fasting Days– 12, 27/28


January 1 Monday

Coconut tree sucks water from the ground and gives sweet water (at top) in tender coconut (fruit). If one does good to another, he would get in return something good – Muthurai 1

January 2 Tuesday

Gift given to good will be like a carving on a stone; Good done to ungrateful will vanish like writing on the water – Muthurai verse 2

January 3 Wednesday

Painful is adversity in youth and painful is prosperity in old age like the tree blossoming out of season and beautiful woman without a partner- Muthurai 3


January 4 Thursday

Though the conch shell is burnt, it remains white; though the milk is boiled it is tasty; Even when good people have difficulties they remain noble. verse 4

January 5 Friday

All the towering trees do not bear fruits but in due season; One’s tireless efforts won’t be successful until the time of fortune arrives- Verse 5


January 6 Saturday

Water lily grows as long as the water level is; one’s intelligence is up to the level of their studies. One’s accession of wealth depends upon the good deeds one did in previous births – verse 7

January 7 Sunday

To see good people is good; to listen to good words is good; to speak the virtues of good people is good; to associate with them is also good- verse 8


January 8 Monday

To see the bad people is bad; to listen to the rude words is wicked; to speak about the bad people is evil; to associate with them is sinful- verse 9

January 9 Tuesday

The water fed to the paddy fields benefits the grass in those fields as well; In the same way even if one person is on earth it rains benefitting all- verse 10


January 10 Wednesday

The screw pine has large leaves and has no scent; the Mahila has small petals but has got good smell; the sea is large but the water is not usable; though a spring is small it serves all- verse 12



January 11 Thursday

Good trees are not that grow in the forest; men who stand in the assembly and unable to read or interpret are the trees (wooden logs)- verse 13

January 12 Friday

The turkey, on seeing the peacock spreading its wings and dance, is spreading its ugly wings thinking it can do it; it is like men of ignorance showing off- verse 14

January 13 Saturday

A healer fell a victim to the tiger he tried to save; so is the help rendered to the ignoble; it breaks like a pot that fell on a rock – verse 15

January 14 Sunday

Don’t think that the patient people are ignoramuses; they are like the stork which waits for the right fish to come and fall in the trap- verse 16

January 15 Monday

Those who forsake you in crises are not relations; they are like the water birds that desert when the tank is dry; relations are the ones who stick to you even at the time of distress like the edible root and flowering plants that stick to the tank in dry season. – verse 17


January 16 Tuesday

Though a gold pot breaks it is still gold; what would be the worth of a mud pot that breaks? Great people are like the gold pots even when they are fallen – verse 18

January 17 Wednesday

Though you dip a measure in the deep sea water, it wont take four measures; though you get riches and husband , the happiness depends on destiny or fate – verse 19


January 18 Thursday

congenital diseases can kill though they are born with you; but herbs growing in far off mountains can heal the sick; don’t depend on people who are born with you; there are people like the medicinal plants somewhere- verse 20

January 19 Friday

When there is a good wife, the house has everything; if the wife is not good it’s like a tiger infested forest- verse 21

January 20 Saturday

Action follows fate or pre -written; Nothing happens as one wish for. Even Kalpaka tress will give you bitter nox vomica due to past karma- verse 22


January 21 Sunday

The wrathful vulgar are un weldable like the split or broken stones; but the good ones join like broken golden pots; the anger of righteous people disappear like the cut in water made by an arrow- verse 23


January 22 Monday

The learned are enamoured by the society of scholars. They are like the swans that swim together in a tank; the illiterates are like the crow that feasts on the dead bodies in the cremation ground- verse 24

January 23 Tuesday

Poisonous cobras hide in the holes fearing human beings; non-poisonous water snakes lie in the open field; they don’t fear an attack from humans. Those who are cunning at heart keep themselves aloof; those with open heart will never skulk- verse 25


January 24 Wednesday

A king is respected in his own country only; a learned man is respected wherever he goes; so, a scholar commands more respect than a monarch- Muthurai verse 26

January 25 Thursday

To a plantain tree, its own baby plant does harm; the woman who does not behave is a yama/god of death to her own husband- verse 27


January 26 Friday

With the Lady of Fortune comes wealth, great beauty and noble birth to us; they will vanish when she goes out- Muthurai verse 29

January 27 Saturday

Shun evil, Do good- all religions preach- Nalvazi verse 1

January 28 Sunday

There only two castes in the world; those who give are great; those who don’t give are base born- Nalvazi verse 2

January 29 Monday

This body is a bag of miseries; don’t take this false body as real; if you do charity you attain liberation- Nalvazi verse 3

January 30 Tuesday

It is hard to do anything good unless the past merits favour it; it is like a blind man using his walking stick to get down fruits from a mango tree; unless the right time comes it is a futile action- Nalvazi verse 4.


January 31 Wednesday

The life of sages is like water on lotus leaf. water is on the leaf but aloof, never wets it; the sages are in the world and out of it at once – Nalvazi verse 7






Children and Fools have merry lives (Post No 2811)


Compiled  by london swaminathan


Date: 14 May 2016


Post No. 2811


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Following are some of the proverbs and sayings on Fools and Foolishness in English, Sanskrit and Tamil


1.A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years.

2.Doesn’t even know the alphabet, yet competes with the scholars (Kahavatratnakar)

3.I can address walls rather than fools- from a famous speaker

4.A clot who considers himself wise acts obdurately and perishes (Katha sarit sagaram)


5.Wise men have their mouth in their heart, fools their heart in their mouth

6.Fools are wise as long as they are silent

7.Inimical to alphabet, but bears the name Vidhyaadhara (bearer of knowledge)- (Kahavatratnakar)

8.None is so wise, but the fools overtake them

9.The learned give up but a half, while the fools forsake all–(Kahavatratnakar)

10.What the fool does in the end, the wise man does in the beginning

11.A fool is the one who sitting on the top branch cuts the bottom of the tree(Tamil saying)

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12.Riches serve a wise man but command a fool

13.A wise man changes his mind, a fool never

14.Dialogues with dunces turn out to be hollow

15.Children and fools cannot lie

16.Experience is the mistress of fools

17.Wise men learn by other men’s harms; fools, by their own

18.A dimwit whose tongue is scalded by milk, sips even buttermilk after blowing it cold – Hitopadesam


19.Better be fool than a knave.

20.Children and fools have merry lives.

21.Fools rush in where angels fear to tread –Alexander Pope

22.A fool glows only from a distance – (Kahavatratnakar)

23.Wise men propose and fools determine.

24.Fools and crocodiles never lose the grip (Tamil saying)

25.If you agree with a fool, you must be ready for insults and disgrace (Tamil saying)


26.A fool and his money are soon parted

27.A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool

28.A fool believes everything

29.A fool’s tongue is long enough to cut his own throat

30.Fools uproot the mountains to eliminate rodents – Sanskrit proverb

31.Fortune favours fools

32.God sends fortune to fools

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33.Fools and madmen ought not to be left in their own company

34.Don’t fight with the fools (Tamil saying)

35.Foolish king and foolish minister are doomed (Tamil saying)


36.Children and fools must not play with edged tools

37.Take heed of fools in a narrow place

38.Fools will be tricked by clever intruders – Sanskrit proverb

39.When the moon is in the full, then wit’s in the wane

40.He that is born a fool is never cured

41.Fools will be fools still

42.Counsel not a fool – (Satopadesa prabanda)

43.Once wood, never wise

44.Fools grow without watering

45.Whom Heaven at his birth has endowed as a fool , it is a waste of instruction – Chinese Proverb

46.The world is full of fools

47.Friendship with the fools is like the feet trapped in the wedge (Tamil Proverb)

48.Have fools as friends; danger will follow suit (Tamil Proverb)

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49.Fools get angry quickly (Tamil Proverb)

50.Foolish Turuk and Rough Nayaka are fit for battalion (army work) only (Tamil Proverb)

51.We have all been fools once in our lives

52.One fool extols another, and one scholar appreciates another

53.Everyman a little beyond himself is a fool

54.If all fools wore feathers we should see a flock of geese.

55.The fool asks much, but he is more fool that grants it.

56.A fool exerts little and expects much -(Kahavatratnakar)

57.Make not a fool of thyself to make others merry

58.He is a fool that forges himself

A barber learns to shave by shaving fools

59.Fools live poor to die rich

  1. It is foolish to sell two eyes to buy a painting (Tamil poet Bharati)

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61.No remedy for stupidity – Neeti sastra

62.Wise men make proverbs and fools repeat them

63.He that talks to himself, speaks to a fool

64.A fool’s heart is null and void – Canakya Neeti

65.There is no fool like an old fool

66.A fool at forty is a fool indeed

67.An idiot’s advisor is his enemy – Canakya Neeti

68.It is foolish to seek fireflies ignoring the sun (Tamil poet Bharati)

69.Catch a crane (or a peacock) by putting butter on its head (the idea is that it will melt and blind the eyes or obscure the vision of the bird)


My Old Posts on Fools:

King, Fools and Scoundrels (25-2-2016)

Ways to identify Fools and Idiots (28-10-2015)

Every jackass wants an office (13-3-2016)




‘Women in state affairs are like Monkeys in Glass Shops’ (Post No 2625)


Compiled by london swaminathan


Date: 12 March 2016


Post No. 2625


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JNU Ignoramuses burnt Manu Smrti!


Show me one ancient book where women are not criticised, where women are not degraded, where women are not presented negatively. There is no book in the world which praised women sky high except the Vedas and Manu Smrti. The Wedding Mantras of the Vedas are more beautiful than the love duets in our romantic films. If one looks at ancient Tamil literature there are hundreds of negative remarks on women. If you look at the proverb book in any world language there are hundreds of anti-women proverbs and sayings. But some idiots at the JNU in Delhi, have printed 40 verses of Manu Smrti and burnt them a few days ago, as reported in all Indian Newspapers. Immediately a professor of JNU said that this is what they teach at JNU. As soon as the students are enrolled, periodical brainwashing starts where all the anti-Hindu materials are distributed by the communist and communalist elements. All Indians know that we don’t use Manu Smrti, but only Ambedkar Smrti, I mean , The Constitution of India.


The following Manu slokas/couplets are from my 2013 and 2014 blogs. Then I am going to give you all the anti-women proverbs from English Proverb book. Now I repeat – Show me one ancient book where women are praised like in the Vedas or Manu Smriti. Again I repeat: Show me one ancient book where women are not criticised. The fact of the matter is they criticise women when they act like bitches or prostitutes and they are praised sky high where they act like chaste women or women with motherly affection.


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Manu, author of the great law book Manava Dharma Shastra, says,


‘’women must be honoured and adorned by their fathers, brothers, husbands and bothers-in-law, who desire their own welfare. Manu 3-55


‘’Where women are honoured, there the gods are pleased; but where they are not honoured, no sacred rite yields rewards. Manu 3-56


Where the female relations live in grief, the family soon wholly perishes; but that family where they are not unhappy ever prospers. 3—57


The houses, on which the female relations, not being duly honoured, pronounce a curse, perish completely, as if destroyed by magic’’ Manu 3-58


Hence men, who seek their own welfare, should always honour women on holidays and festivals with gifts of ornaments, clothes and dainty food. 3-59



“ Yatra naryast pujyante ramante tatra devatah

Yatraitastu na pujyante sarvastatraphalah kriyah”

Manu smriti 3-56, Mahabharata 13-45-5


‘Where women are worshipped, there the gods are delighted; but where they are not worshipped, all religious ceremonies become futile’—Manu Smriti.


One acharya/Guru excels ten Upadhyayas/teachers in glory; a father excels 100 acharyas/Gurus in glory; but a MOTHER excels even a thousand fathers in glory (Manu 2-145)


“Her father protects her in childhood, her husband protects her in youth, and her sons protect her in old age; a woman is never independent”. Manu IX-9 (The meaning is that she is always protected and not left alone without support)


And of feminine forms I am fame(Kirti), prosperity (Sri), speech (Vac), memory (Smrti) , intelligence (Medha), firmness(Dhrti) and patience (Kshama).—Bhagavad gita—X-34


All good qualities are kept in feminine forms.


As a contrast western countries burnt 200,000 women at stakes branding them witches. The most famous woman thus burnt alive was Joan of Arc.


60+ Anti-Women Proverbs!


Anti -Women Proverbs from The Peguin Dictionary of Proverbs, Collection of 6000 proverbs, first published in 1983


1.Women are the snares of Satan

2.Women are the Devil’s nets

3.A wicked woman and an evil is three half pence worse than the devil

4.There is no devil so bad as She Devil

5.Women and Dogs set men together by ears.


6.No war without a woman.

7.No mischief but a woman or a priest at the bottom of it.

8.Weal and women cannot pan,

But woe and women can (pan means come together)

9.Women’scounsel is cold

10.Take heed of  a young wench, a prophetess and a Latin woman.



11.A morning sun, and a wine-bred child and a Latin-bred woman seldom end well.

12.Women are like wasps in their anger

13.hell hath no fury like a woman scorned (William Congreve1670-1729)

14.Women in state affairs are like monkeys in glass shops.


  1. Women naturally deceive, weep and spin.



16.Women may blush to hear what they were not ashamed todo.

17.A maid and virgin is not alone.

18.Maidens should be meek till they be married

19.Women are saints in Church, angelsin the street, and devils at home.

20.Trust not a woman when she weeps.


21.When an ass climbs a ladder, we may find wisdom in women

22.A woman cuts her wisdom teeth when she is dead.

23.A woman’s advice is no great thing, but he who wont take it is a fool.



24.If a woman were as little as she is good, a pea pod would make her a gown and a hood.

25.Woeful is the household that wants a woman

26.Women are necessary evils.

27.A woman is a weather cock.


28.A woman’s mind and a winter wind change oft

29.Women are as wavering as the wind

30.A woman’s thoughts are after thoughts (Indian proverb)

31.A woman either loves or hates in extremes.

32.Women must have their wills while they live, because they make none when they die.


33.Swine, women, and bees cannot be turned

34.Forbid a thing, and that women will do.


35.It is no more pity to a see a woman weep, then to see a goose go barefoot.

36.A woman’s sword is her tongue, and she does not let it rust.

37.Arthur could not tame woman’s tongue (King Arthur).


38.A woman’s tongue wags like a lamb’s tail.

39.A woman’s tongue is the last thing about her that dies.

40.One tongue is enough for a woman.

41.Women are great  talkers.


42.women, priests, and poultry, have never enough.

43.A ship and a woman are ever repairing.

44.Two daughters and a back door are three arrant thieves ( A reference to the expense of bringing up daughters)

45.Dally not with women or money.

46.A woman and a glass are ever in danger.

47.Who has a woman has an eel by the tail.

48.Women and music should never be dated (age of women should never be asked or disclosed.)

49.Never trust a woman, even if she has borne you seven children (Japanese Proverb)

50.From the evil woman guard yourself and the good one never trust.



51.A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more you beat them the better they be.

52.Tell a woman she is fair, and soon she will turn fool.

53.Maids say No and take it.

54.Saying No a woman shakes her head lengthwise (meaning yes)

55.Women in mischief are wiser than men.


56.A woman is flax, man is fire, the devil comes and blows the bellows.

57.Woman is the confusion of man.

58.Men get wealth and women keep it.

59.A clever man will build a city, a clever woman will lay it low (Chinese proverb)

60.A woman is the weaker vessel

61.A man o straw is worth a woman of gold.

62.Man, woman and devil are three degrees of comparison.

63.A bad woman is worse than a bad man

64.The female of the species is more deadly than male (Rudyard Kipling)

65.Deeds are males and words are females

66.A man is as old as he feels, and a woman is as old as she looks.


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I have already listed 300 Tamil proverbs on women in three parts. I have given most of the Sanskrit quotes in different articles. I have 150 more Sanskrit quotations on women which I will give separately. No ancient culture is women friendly if you go by the literature. So don’t be foolish to look at some verses in Manu Smrti which is not followed by anyone.


SPEECH PROVERBS: Tongue talks at Head’s cost! (Post No. 2477)




Date: 10 January 2016


Post No. 2477


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Let him say what is true, let him say what is pleasing, let him utter no disagreeable truth.

Let him utter no agreeable falsehood. This is the Santana Dharma, the Eternal Law – Manu smrti


The ancients were guarded in their speech, and like them we should avoid loquacity. Many words invite many defeats. Avoid also engaging in many businesses, for many businesses create many difficulties.

–Inscription on statue in the ancestral temple of Lo


When you find a person worthy to talk to and fail to talk to him, you have missed your man.

When you find a man unworthy to talk to and you talk to him, you have missed (wasted) your words. A wise man neither misses his man nor misses his words.

–Confucius, China



All meanings, ideas, intentions, desires, emotions, items of knowledge are embodied in speech, are rooted in it and branch out of it. He who misappropriates, misapplies, and mismanages speech, mismanages everything.

–Manu smriti


If one answers harshly, for instance a father or a mother, or a brother, or a sister, or a teacher, or a Brahmin, people say to him: ‘Shame on you! Verily you are a slayer of your father! Verily you are a slayer of your mother! Verily you are a slayer of your brother! Verily you are a slayer of your sister! Verily you are a slayer of your teacher! Verily you are a slayer of a Brahmin!

–Chandogya Upanishad.


Darts, barbed arrows, iron-headed spears,

However deep they penetrate the flesh

May be extracted, but a cutting speech,

That pierces, like a javelin, to the heart,

None can remove; it lies and rankles you.




A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.

–Chuang Tzu


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1.Birds are entangled by their feet, and men by their tongues.

2.He that strikes with his tongue, must ward with his head.

3.The tongue talks at the head’s cost.

4.The ass that brays most eats least.

5.A bleating sheep loses her bit.

6.Many words, many buffets.

7.Much babbling is not without offence.

8.He who says what he likes shall hear what he does not like.

9.A man may say too much, even upon the best subjects.

10.When all men speak, no man hears.



11.Let not thy tongue run away with thy brains.

12.Let not your tongue run at rover (At rover means unrestrained)

13.Little can a long tongue lein (conceal).

14.Talk much and err much.

15.Better the foot slip than the tongue.

16.Words have wings, and cannot be recalled

17.A word and a stone let go cannot be called back.

18.While the word is in your mouth, it is your own; when its once spoken it is another’s.

19.Words bind men.

20.The lame tongue gets nothing.

21.Dumb men get no lands.