Pleasant words, full of tenderness and devoid of deceit,
fall from the lips of virtuous men.
Better than a gift given with a joyous heart
are sweet words spoken with a cheerful smile.
A kindly countenance and sweet words
spoken from the heart are virtue’s way.
Poverty-provoking sorrow will not pursue
those who speak joy-producing words to all they meet.
Humility and pleasant words are the jewels
that adorn a man; there are none other.
If a man seeks to do good while speaking sweet words,
his virtues will wax and his vices will wane.
Words yield spiritual rewards and moral excellence
when they do not wander far from usefulness and agreeableness.
Sweet speech that is a stranger to pettiness
imparts pleasure not only in this life, but in the next.
Why would anyone speak cruel words,
having observed the happiness that kind words confer?
To utter harsh words when sweet ones would serve
is like eating unripe fruits when ripe ones are at hand.