Quote-a-thon: Indian Proverb

“Conquer a man who never gives by gifts; Subdue untruthful men by truthfulness; Vanquish an angry man by gentleness; And overcome the evil man by goodness.”

via www.thinkexist.com. Unfortunately, ThinkExist is seriously vague about the source of this proverb, but I still like it.

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2 Responses to Quote-a-thon: Indian Proverb

  1. I like it, too, but I’m beginning to despair about “subduing untruthful men by truthfulness.” Outright lies are such a major part of the current political climate.

  2. dianesilver says:

    The urge to lie in politics has always been strong, and I agree that it appears stronger today as niche media make it easier for us to cluster with the like-minded and ignore anyone who might goad us out of our complacency. But Jonathan Haidt’s work has left me wondering if the problem isn’t as much a difference in world view as it is mendacity. People whose morality is based on ideals of purity, authority and loyalty (as well as that touchy feeling fairness and caring stuff) have got to view the world differently than I do. If such differences are true, then how can we most effectively respond? How can we subdue untruthful men?

    I’m not saying that there isn’t truth, but that perhaps we’ve been responding to other people’s perspectives in a way that makes it difficult for them to hear the truth. I have no answers on this, but Haidt has certainly made me think about things in a new way.

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