Subhāṣitāvalī (1417-67 A.D., by Vallabhadeva)


Introduction and authorship:

The Subhāṣitāvalī (सुभाषितावली, subhashitavali) is a Sanskrit book compiled by Vallabhadeva in 1417-67 A.D.: This is a compilation of Collection of 3527 subhāṣita verses authored by 360 poets.

About the author:

Vallabhadeva (वल्लभदेव) (15th century) is the compiler of the Subhāṣitāvalī.

Book topics:

Subhāṣita (सुभाषित, subhashita) refers to Sanskrit metrical aphorisms. Compilations of this kind of literature usually goes by the name subhāṣitasaṃgraha.

Book editions:

This book has the following editions. The lists are categorised by ‘print editions’, some of which you can buy, and ‘digital links’, most of which you can download for free. The language of the referenced work is indicated in [brackets].

Digital links (online resources):


Subhāṣitāvaliḥ, by R. D. Karmarkar, year: 1961, pages: 859; publisher: Sanskrit Documents; Scanned PDF

Print publications:


Subhashitavali (An Anthology of Cosmic, Erotic and Other Verse), by Aditya Narayan Dhairyasheel Haksar, year: 2007, pages: 205; publisher: Penguin Books India; ISBN-13: 9780143101369; based upon Peter Peterson edition;


The Subhashitavali of Vallabhadeva, year: 2013, pages: 896; publisher: Nabu Press; ISBN-10: 1287687458; ISBN-13: 9781287687450

The Subhâshitâvali of Vallabhadeva, by Peter Peterson, year: 2016, pages: 899; publisher: Book on Demand; ISBN-10: 5884427492; ISBN-13: 9785884427495


Subhashitavali, by Sudesh Ahuja, year: 2015, pages: 408; publisher: Chaukhambha Sanskrit Pratishthan

Translated verses from this book:

Most of the following verses are English translations of the Subhashitavali. These are primarily taken from the Mahāsubhāṣitasaṃgraha, a compendium of Sanskrit metrical aphorisms (subhāṣita) collected from various sources. More translations will be added over time, and the latest addition will be shown first here.

2017-05-14, Subhāṣitāvalī 2471, English translation by A. A. Ramanathan.
2017-04-23, Subhāṣitāvalī 3245, English translation by Raghu Vira.
2017-04-23, Subhāṣitāvalī 2559, English translation by K. K. Handiqui.
2017-04-23, Subhāṣitāvalī 1894, English translation by A. A. Ramanathan.
2017-04-23, Subhāṣitāvalī 1123, English translation by A. A. Ramanathan.

About Sanskrit

Sanskrit is the oldest living language and bears testimony to the intellectual past of ancient India. Three major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism) share this language, which is used for many of their holy books. Besides religious manuscripts, much of India’s ancient culture has been preserved in Sanskrit, covering topics such as Architecture, Music, Botany, Surgery, Ethics, Philosophy, Dance and much more.