It is better to have a single son with good qualities, rather than several ones without qualities; because, a single moon removes the darkness of the night, rather than the large number of stars in the sky.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 4.6
Of a man overcome by worries of his family, learning, good conduct and (all) other qualities disappear along with the body like water in an unbaked pitcher.
Never brag about a donation you have made.
Just as a frog swallows beings even when in the fangs of a serpent, in the same way, self, why you even in the grip of death, torment others?
One should acquire nectar even from poison, good words even from a child, good conduct even from an adversary and gold even from an unclean spot.
Weak persons acquire their objects when allied with the strong. The rivulet, with the help of the river, reaches the ocean.
Shishupalavadha BkII 100
One should no go at the head of multitude; if the undertaking succeeds, the fruit is the same (i.e., is shared equally by all); but if it fails, it is the leader who is killed.
The wise think of insult as nectar, and fear honor as much as they would poison.
Mahabharata Shanti Parva 229.21
Dharma protects those who protect it.
Mahabharata Vana Parva 313.128
All that is accumulated is finally to vanish and all that rises ends in fall. All unions end in separation and life in death.
Valmiki Ramayana, 2.105.16
The principal wealth of a man is his wife.
(Mahabharata, Shantiparva 144.14)
Sita was kidnapped because of too much beauty, Ravana was killed because of excess pride, King Bali was bound in ropes because of excess charity; therefore, always shun excess in anything.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 3.12
Never hurt cows.
Rig Veda 8.101.15
Families where women accepted in marriage (wife, daughter in law etc) grieve, those clans are destroyed. But where do not grieve, those families definitely prosper.
Worship the following as gods: your mother, father, teacher and the guest who comes unannounced to your home.
Taittriya Upanishad 1.11.2
In this world, the prosperous are often seen deprived of the power to consume and digest, while the poor have the capacity to digest even a piece of wood.
Mahabharata, Shanti Parva, 28.29.
The ruler of Lanka (Ravana), the conqueror of the worlds, got defeat from the animals (the monkeys). The best of the kings, the Kuru king (Duryodhana), suffered a kick at the head. At the end everybody in common with everyone else suffers humiliation which takes away his respect. Who then is he who under the influence of conceit is to think that he is great?
By performing action without attachment one attains the Highest.
Bhagavad Gita 3.19
Amongst birds the crow, in animals the dog, in saints the one prone to anger, and in humans the one who criticizes everybody, these are the outcastes (chandala).
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 6.2
Somebody may or may not be tormented by hostile enemies, but everybody is tormented, everywhere and always, by sense organs.