Dhammapada

Attavagga ⧸ Gāthā 162

Yassa accantadussīlyaṃ māluvā sālamivotataṃ
Karoti so tathattānaṃ yathā naṃ icchatī diso

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Self ⧸ Verse 162

He whose wickedness is very great brings himself down to that state where his enemy wishes him to be, as a creeper does with the tree which it surrounds.
English translation by Max Müller, from The Sacred Books of the East (1881).

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