I was looking for various prescriptive Shlokas on the speech of a person. Came across this one with no references mentioned:

प्रियवाक्य प्रदानेन सर्वे तुष्यन्ति जन्तवः

तस्मात् तथैव कर्तव्यं वचने का दरिद्रता

Does anyone know, which text can this can be traced back to?

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    Please consider adding translations to all the questions in which you have put down verses in Devanagiri. Let us not make this site exclusive to Indians :).
    – Sai
    May 9 '16 at 14:20
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    Amit. you can accept the answer if you are satisfied with it.
    – The Destroyer
    May 16 '16 at 5:13

प्रियवाक्यप्रदानेन सर्वे तुष्यन्ति जन्तवः।
तस्मात्तदेव वक्तव्यं वचने का दरिद्रता ॥

Speaking pleasing words satisfies all living entities. Therefore, only pleasing words should be spoken. What poverty exists in speech?

– Subhashita Manjari – 14.288

Reference: Immortal Sayings By B. R Suhas

P.S. I don't think your question is valid for this site though because Subhashita is Sanskrit literature but not necessarily Hindu literature.

  • Well, I assumed it might originate in hindu literature. Should I delete this question? And, thanks for the answer :) May 10 '16 at 4:22

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