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प्रारभ्य च उत्तमजनाः न परित्यजन्ति

प्रारभ्यते न खलु विघ्नभयेन नीचैः
प्रारभ्य च विघ्नविहताः विरमन्ति मध्याः।
विघ्नैः पुनः पुनरपि प्रतिहन्यमानाः
प्रारभ्य च उत्तमजनाः न परित्यजन्ति॥
— भर्तृहरेः नीतिशतकम्
prārabhyate na khalu vighnabhayena nīcaiḥ
prārabhya ca vighnavihatāḥ viramanti madhyāḥ|
vighnaiḥ punaḥ punarapi pratihanyamānāḥ
prārabhya ca uttamajanāḥ na parityajanti||
— bhartṛhareḥ nītiśatakam
Inferior people do not start (an endeavour) out of fear for obstacles;
Mediocres, having started, retract on being fazed with obstacles
Even though they are repeatedly attacked with obstacles;
The superior people, having undertaken (something), never give up!


7 responses to “प्रारभ्य च उत्तमजनाः न परित्यजन्ति

  1. Patrick March 23, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Can you tell me where this verse comes from? What text is it from, in other words, and who wrote it? Thank you!

  2. Karthik March 23, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I do believe the translation is my own — remember it from the school days…

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