The Tirukural is an ancient Indian book of wisdom, written in Tamil probably between 100-300 BCE. I actually get a verse a day from it. Today’s missive had a very striking comment with great resonance for me. In the email version I receive, it was rendered as:
The wound caused by fire heals in its time;
the burn inflicted by an inflamed tongue never heals.
I decided I wanted to see the original, so I GoogledTM for it and found this:
129. தீயினாற் சுட்டபுண் உள்ளாறும் ஆறாதே
நாவினாற் சுட்ட வடு.
The fire-burnt wounds do find a cure;
Tongue-burnt wound rests a running sore.
The art of translation is a lively one, but in either case, the sentiment is vivid and resonant.