What men call 'power in action' know for 'power of mind'
Externe to man all other aids you find
Firmness in action is (simply) one's firmness of mind; all other (abilities) are not of this nature.
Vinaiththitpam Enpadhu Oruvan Manaththitpam
Matraiya Ellaam Pira.
'Each hindrance shun', 'unyielding onward press, If obstacle be there,'
These two define your way, so those that search out truth declare
Not to perform a ruinous act, and not to be discouraged by the ruinous termination of an act, are the two maxims which, the wise say, from the principles of those who have investigated the subject.
Oororaal Utrapin Olkaamai Ivvirantin
Aarenpar Aaindhavar Kol.
Man's fitting work is known but by success achieved;
In midst the plan revealed brings ruin ne'er to be retrieved
So to perform an act as to publish it (only) at its termination is (true) manliness; for to announce it beforehand, will cause irremediable sorrow.
663, Kataikkotkach Cheydhakka Thaanmai Itaikkotkin
Etraa Vizhuman Tharum.
Easy to every man the speech that shows the way;
Hard thing to shape one's life by words they say
To say (how an act is to be performed) is (indeed) easy for any one; but far difficult it is to do according to what has been said.
Solludhal Yaarkkum Eliya Ariyavaam
Solliya Vannam Seyal.
The power in act of men renowned and great,
With king acceptance finds and fame through all the state
The firmness in action of those who have become great by the excellence (of their counsel) will, by attaining its fulfilment in the person of the king, be esteemed (by all)..
Veereydhi Maantaar Vinaiththitpam Vendhankan
Ooreydhi Ullap Patum.
Whate'er men think, ev'n as they think, may men obtain,
If those who think can steadfastness of will retain
If those who have planned (an undertaking) possess firmness (in executing it) they will obtain what they have desired even as they have desired it.
Enniya Enniyaangu Eydhu Enniyaar
Thinniyar Aakap Perin.
Despise not men of modest bearing; Look not at form, but what men are:
For some there live, high functions sharing, Like linch-pin of the mighty car
Let none be despised for (their) size; (for) the world has those who resemble the linch-pin of the big rolling car.
Uruvukantu Ellaamai Ventum Urulperundherkku
Achchaani Annaar Utaiththu.
What clearly eye discerns as right, with steadfast will,
And mind unslumbering, that should man fulfil
An act that has been firmly resolved on must be as firmly carried out without delay.
Kalangaadhu Kanta Vinaikkan Thulangaadhu
Thookkang Katindhu Seyal.
Though toil and trouble face thee, firm resolve hold fast,
And do the deeds that pleasure yield at last
Though it should cause increasing sorrow (at the outset), do with firmness the act that yield bliss (in the end).
Thunpam Uravarinum Seyka Thunivaatri
Inpam Payakkum Vinai.
The world desires not men of every power possessed,
Who power in act desire not,- crown of all the rest
The great will not esteem those who esteem not firmness of action, whatever other abilities the latter may possess.
Enaiththitpam Ey Thiyak Kannum Vinaiththitpam
Ventaarai Ventaadhu Ulaku.