Dhammapada

Pupphavagga ⧸ Gāthā 51

Yathāpi ruciraṃ pupphaṃ vaṇṇavantaṃ agandhakaṃ
Evaṃ subhāsitā vācā aphalā hoti akubbato

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Flowers ⧸ Verse 51

Like a beautiful flower, full of colour, but without scent, are the fine but fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly.
English translation by Max Müller, from The Sacred Books of the East (1881).

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