śatakatrayam 1.38: satyānṛtā (sometimes honest, sometimes dishonest)

by Jahnabi Barooah

सत्यानृता च परुषा प्रियवादिनी च
हिंस्रा दयालुरपि चार्थपरा वदान्या ।
नित्यव्यया प्रचुरनित्यधनागमा च
वारङ्गनेव नृपनीतिरनेकरूपा ।।३८।।
नीतिशतके

sometimes honest, sometimes dishonest;
at times stern, at others a sweet-talker;
equally cruel and compassionate;
one day greedy, the next day generous;
adept at gambling away and acquiring treasuries;
like a prostitute,
manifold are the ways of
kingship. ||38||
nītiśataka

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