4.7 Chanakya Niti

मूर्खश्चिरायुर्जातोऽपि तस्माज्जातमृतो वरः ।
मृतः स चाल्पदुःखाय यावज्जीवं जडो दहेत् ॥४.७॥

mūrkhaścirāyurjāto’api tasmājjātamṛto varaḥ |
mṛtaḥ sa cālpaduḥkhāya yāvajjīvaṃ jaḍo dahet ||4.7||

better to die immediately upon birth, than to live a long life as a fool; one who dies as soon as he is born, suffers little grief, whereas the fool as long as he lives, goes on burning

Excerpt from the book “Old Chanakya Strategy: Aphorisms” by Rajen Jani

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