நாலடியார் > பகுதி 2 > பொருட்பால் > 14. கல்வி > பாடல்: 138
The friendship of the learned ever grows sweeter, that of the unlearned ever. diminishes in sweetness. Lord of the cool shore of the resounding sea intimacy with learned people is like eating sugar cane from the (tender, juicy) tip; association with graceless sapless men is like leaving the (tender) tip and eating it from the (hard, dry) root..