Dhammapada

Pupphavagga ⧸ Gāthā 51

Yathāpi ruciraṃ pupphaṃ vaṇṇavantaṃ agandhakaṃ
Evaṃ subhāsitā vācā aphalā hoti akubbato

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Flowers ⧸ Verse 51

Just as a beautiful flower, lacking in scent, cannot give the wearer the benefit of its scent, so also, the well-preached words of the Buddha cannot benefit one who does not practise the Dhamma.
English translation by Daw Mya Tin. Edited by Editorial Committee, Burma Tipitaka Association Rangoon, Burma, 1986. For free distribution only, as a gift of dhamma.

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