The Famous Couplet of Gurindam 12

If the well born you would identify
Look for their kindness and courtesy

Those who are happy and prosper
Waste and idleness do forswear

If the noble you would perceive
Look you at how they behave

If it’s ones with knowledge you require
Of questions and learning they never tire

As for the wise, it’s easy to tell
In this world, for the next they provide well

If the good natured are whom you seek,
When they’re with company you must peek

Jika hendak mengenal orang berbangsa,
Lihat kepada budi dan bahasa

Jika hendak mengenal orang yang berbahagia
Sangat memeliharakan yang sia-sia

Jika hendak mengenal orang mulia
Lihatlah kepada kelakuan dia

Jika hendak mengenal orang yang berilmu
Bertanya dan belajar tiadalah jemu

Jika hendak mengenal orang yang berakal
Di dalam dunia mengambil bekal

Jika hendak mengenal orang yang baik perangai
Lihat pada ketika bercampur dengan orang ramai

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