2.1.6 The Characteristics of Foolish and of Wise People*

There are, O'Bhikkhus, three marks, three signs and three characteristics of a foolish person. Which three? Such a fool, O'Bhikkhus, thinks thoughts, speaks words and performs actions that are wrong. Were it not so, O'Bhikkhus, that a foolish person thinks thoughts, speaks words and performs actions that are wrong, how would wise person be able to know: this is a foolish person, an unworthy person? But because, O'Bhikkhus, a foolish person thinks thoughts, speaks words and performs actions that are wrong, therefor wise person know: this is a foolish person, an unworthy person! These are, O'Bhikkhus, the three marks, three signs and three characteristics of a foolish person.

There are, O'Bhikkhus, three marks, three signs and three characteristics of a wise person. Which three? Such a wise person, O'Bhikkhus, thinks thoughts, speaks words and performs actions that are right. Were it not so, O'Bhikkhus that wise person thinks thoughts, speaks words and performs actions that are right, how would a wise person be able to know: this is a wise person, a worthy person? But because, O'Bhikkhus, a wise person thinks thoughts, speaks words and performs actions that are right, therefor wise person know: this is a wise person, a worthy person! These are, O'Bhikkhus, the three marks, three signs and three characteristics of a wise person.

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*Cintīsuttaṃ: Cintī + suttaṃ: having one`s thoughts/thinking + sutta

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