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Aṅguttara Nikāya
Catukka Nipāta
XXIII: Sucarita Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
Chapter XXIII: Good Conduct

Sutta 221

Vacī-Sucarita Suttaɱ

Good Conduct

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


"Yes, lord," they replied,
and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these four bad habits of speech.

What four?

bitter speech
idle babble.

These are the four.




[236] Monks, there are these four good habits of speech.

What four?

Speaking truth,
not speaking slander,
soft speech
wise speech.[1]

These are the four."


[1] Reading mantā-bhāsā, as at § 149, for text's mantā-vācā; Sinh. text mattā-bhassaɱ. Comy. says nothing; but see loc. cit.

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