अप्रमत्तश्च यो राजा सर्वज्ञो विजितेन्द्रियः । कृतज्ञो धर्मशीलश्च स राजा तिष्ठते चिरम् ॥२०॥

–श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे त्रयस्त्रिंशस्सर्गः (२० श्लोकम)

“One who is always attentive and uses his wits, one who is well-versed with the skills of ruling, one who has control over his mind and body,  one who never forgets the good done to him, one who is dharmic, only he can rule his kingdom long-lastingly”, advised  aptly, though with deceit, the wicked Shurpanakha to Ravana.

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