संस्कृतम्

जीवनस्य लक्ष्यमेव संस्कृतस्य वर्धनम्

वाग्भूषणं भूषणम्

केयूराणि न भूषयन्ति पुरुषं हारा न चन्द्रोज्ज्वलाः
न स्नानं न विलेपनं न कुसुमं नालंकृता मूर्धजाः।
वाण्येका समलंकरोति पुरुषं या संस्कृता धार्यते
क्षीयन्ते खलु भूषणानि सततं वाग्भूषणं भूषणम्॥
keyūrāṇi na bhūṣayanti puruṣaṁ hārā na candrojjvalāḥ
na snānaṁ na vilepanaṁ na kusumaṁ nālaṁkṛtā mūrdhajāḥ|
vāṇyekā samalaṁkaroti puruṣaṁ yā saṁskṛtā dhāryate
kṣīyante khalu bhūṣaṇāni satataṁ vāgbhūṣaṇaṁ bhūṣaṇam||

"Armlets or garlands — even as radiant as the moon — do not decorate man;
Nor does bathing and anointing, or flowers or ornamented hair.
The gift of speech, which is refined only decorates a man;
All ornaments indeed fade (in comparison); the ornament of speech is the only ornament"

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