I read this Sanskrit shloka in a book.

पृथिव्यां त्रीणि रत्नानि जलमन्नं सुभाषितम्। मूढ़ै: पाषाणखण्डेषु रत्नसंज्ञा विधीयते।।

Prithivyaam trini ratnaani jalamannam subhaashitam | Mudeih paashaan-khandeshu ratnam-sagyaa vidhiyate ||

Is it mentioned in any Hindu scripture? From where is it taken?


It is from Śrī Cāṇakya Nīti 14.1:

पृथिव्यां त्रीणि रत्नानि जलमन्नं सुभाषितम् । मूढैः पाषाणखण्डेषु रत्नसंज्ञा विधीयते ॥

pṛthivyāṃ trīṇi ratnāni jalamannaṃ subhāṣitam । mūḍhaiḥ pāṣāṇakhaṇḍeṣu ratnasaṃjñā vidhīyate ॥

~ There are three jewels on earth — water, food and wise sayings (Subhāṣita). (Only) fools call pieces of (gem) stone as jewels!


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