śatakatrayam 1.6, only a fool would

by Jahnabi Barooah

व्यालं बालमृणालतन्तुभिरसौ रोद्धुं समुज्जृम्भते
भेत्तुं वज्रमणिं शिरीषकुसुमप्रान्तेन संनह्यति ।
माधुर्यं मधुबिन्दुना रचयितुं क्षाराम्बुधेरीहते
मूर्खान्य: पथि नेतुमिच्छति बलात्सूक्तै: सुधास्यन्दिभि: ।।६।।
नीतिशतके

that same idiot who desires to–
bind an elephant with a baby lotus’ filaments,
pierce a diamond with a delicate flower petal,
make the salty ocean sugary with a drop of honey,
now wants to forcibly guide fools with beautiful poetry. ||6||
nītiśataka

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