śatakatrayam 1.43: jāḍyam hrīmati gaṇyate (if you are modest, you appear stupid)

by Jahnabi Barooah

जाड्यं हृीमति गण्यते व्रतरुचौ दम्भ: शुचौ कैतवं
शूरे निर्घृणता मुनौ विमतिता दैन्यं प्रियालापिनि ।
तेजस्विन्यवलिप्ता मुखरता वक्तर्शक्ति: स्थिरे
तत्को नाम गुणो भवेत्सुगुणिनां यो दुर्जनैर्नाङ्कित: ।।४३।।
नीतिशतके

if you are modest, you appear stupid.
if you love fasting, you appear hypocritical.
if you are pious, you appear fraudulent.
if you are valiant, you appear merciless.
if you are thoughtful, you appear foolish.
if you are speak sweetly, you appear piteous.
if you are heroic, you appear arrogant.
if you are an orator, you appear garrulous.
if you are placid, you appear powerless.
name one virtue of the virtuous
that has not been tarnished by evil people! ||43||
nītiśataka

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