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- पञ्चतंत्र, मित्रभेद
When you are competing with the mighty, even if you face deep trouble you still have your honor. If an elephant breaks its tusk while it tries to break the mountain (by ramming into it) it still looks majestic.
- Panchatanra, Mitrabheda