Mean Back Biting Will Betray

Though you speak unkind words to a man's face, do not speak words behind his back heedless of consequent harm.

Though every word is full of kindly virtue, a man's mean back-biting will betray his empty heart.

If a man spreads tales of others' faults, his own worst faults will be exposed and spread.

Tirukkural 19: 184-186

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