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yuktiyuktaṃ vaco grāhyaṃ bālād api śukād api
yukti hīnam, vacas tyājyaṃ vṛddhād api śukād api


Whatever is based on sound reasoning ought to be accepted, even if it proceeds from a boy or parrot. Whatever is not so based ought to be rejected, even if it is uttered by an old man or the sage Śuka himself.

Source: Religion and Society by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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    Seems like a Sanskrit Subhasita
    – Pandya
    Commented Jan 22, 2019 at 6:21
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    Looks like there is also a similar verse also with the name of Bṛhaspati (Guru of the Gods). युक्तियुक्तं वचो ग्राह्यं बालादपि शुकादपि । अयुक्तमपि न ग्राह्यं साक्षादपि बृहस्पतेः ॥ Commented Jan 22, 2019 at 7:30
  • युक्तिहीनविचारेण धर्महानिः प्रजायते, but अचिन्त्या खलु ये भावा मा तांस्तर्केण योजयेत्. So role of logic is both accepted but not everywhere
    – user17294
    Commented Jan 22, 2019 at 8:11
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    Similar verse is there in yoga vasitha!
    – Harsh
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 16:57

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We can find a similar verse from Yoga Vasistha. i.e

युक्तियुक्तमुपादेयं वचनं बालकादपि ।
अन्यत्तृणमिव त्याज्यमप्युक्तं पद्मजन्मना ॥ ३ ॥

yuktiyuktamupādeyaṃ vacanaṃ bālakādapi |
anyattṛṇamiva tyājyamapyuktaṃ padmajanmanā || 3 ||

Words conformable with reason are to be received even if spoken by boys; otherwise, they are to be rejected as straws though pronounced by the lotus-born.

Source - Yoga Vasitha [2.18.3]

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  • Hi, I have edited your answer to support better formatting with block quotes. Feel free to roll back the edit, if you don't agree with it. Thanks!
    – Vivikta
    Commented Mar 29, 2022 at 12:50
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    @Vivikta thanks.
    – Harsh
    Commented Mar 29, 2022 at 14:49

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