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It takes quality to appreciate quality

  • गुणी गुणं वेत्ति न वेत्ति निर्गुणो 
बली बलं वेत्ति न वेत्ति निर्बलः।
    पिको वसन्तस्य गुणं न वायसः करी च सिंहस्य बलं न मूषकः॥
  • guṇī guṇaṁ vetti na vetti nirguṇo balī balaṁ vetti na vetti nirbalaḥ|
    piko vasantasya guṇaṁ na vāyasaḥ karī ca siṃhasya balaṁ na mūṣakaḥ||
  • The virtuous recognize virtues, not the vile. The strong recognize strength, not the frail. A cuckoo appreciates spring and not the crow. An elephant admires the (majesty of a) lion and not a mouse!
  • – Subhāṣita-ratna-bhāṇḍāgāra

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