Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thirukkural – 463

Expecting future profits and losing capital invested,
Is an act not undertaken by the wise.

ஆக்கங் கருதி முதலிழக்குஞ் செய்வினை
யூக்கா ரறிவுடை யார்.

Wise people do not undertake any act that has the risk of losing capital invested in expectation of doubtful future gains. Do not risk your capital in speculative ventures.

ஆக்கம் – creation (future wealth)

கருதி – considering / expecting

முதல் – Capital

இழக்கும் – Lose

செய்வினை – Act

ஊக்கார் – Will not undertake

அறிவுடையார் – People with brains / Wise

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