Verse 268. Silence Alone Does Not Make A Sage

By silence one is not a sage
if confused and foolish,
but one who’s wise, as if with scales
weighs, adopts what’s good.

Explanation: The ignorant person, possessing foolish ways and seemingly bewildered, may practice silence – the austerities of the munis. But this does not make him a sage. But the wise person, like someone holding scales, weighs good and bad and selects what is noble.


Treasury of Truth: Illustrated Dhammapada – 423 Verses

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