Thirukkural – 397
(For the learned) any country is his; any town is his;
Then why be unlearned till one’s death?
யாதானும் நாடு ஆமால்; ஊர் ஆமால்; என், ஒருவன்
சாம் துணையும் கல்லாதவாறு?
In this Kural Thiruvalluvar talks about importance of learning.
A learned person will be respected wherever he goes. So why do people waste their entire life without learning?