Dhammapada

Pupphavagga ⧸ Gāthā 49

Yathāpi bhamaro pupphaṃ vaṇṇagandhaṃ aheṭhayaṃ
Paḷeti rasamādāya evaṃ gāme munī care

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Flowers ⧸ Verse 49

As the bee collects nectar and departs without injuring the flower, or its colour or scent, so let a sage dwell in his village.
English translation by Max Müller, from The Sacred Books of the East (1881).

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