from “Thousands”, The Dhammapada

Better than a thousand meaningless statements
Is one meaningful word,
Which, having been heard,
Brings peace.
Better than a thousand meaningless verses
Is one meaningful line of verse
Which, having been heard,
Brings peace.

from “Thousands,” The Dhammapada

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