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.
That man may be considered to have (really) subdued his sense-organs who on hearing and touching and seeing or tasting and smelling (any thing) neither rejoices nor repents.
When calamities are to befall, even a well-wisher becomes a cause of them. It is the leg of the mother that serves as the pillar for tying the calf.
Be compassionate: for compassion is the root of all doctrines.
Tirukkural, Tura., Ch. 25
The words that cause pain to others are untruth. The reverses of it is truth.
Good advice to fools only provokes them and not pacifies. The drinking of milk by serpents produces poison in them and not nectar.
Who is whose friend? Who is to get what from whom? A being is born alone and alone does he die.
Valmiki Ramayana, 2.108.6
Nights are demonic.
Women are like flowers.
Kama Sutra 3.2.6
Eating too much destroys one’s health, life span, heaven and merits. Therefore, leave this practice altogether.
Money, relatives, age, karma and knowledge, all these are to be respected. The latter ones more than the former (For e.g. relatives are more important than money etc.)
One who plucks unripe fruits from a tree doesn't enjoy its taste, but succeeds in destroying its seed.
Mahabharata Udyoga Parva 34.15
A prostitute deserts a man without money, the people desert a defeated king, birds a fruitless tree, and a guest the house after having his food.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 2.17
Appropriate food and the capacity to digest it, a beautiful wife and the power to make love to her, extensive wealth and the inclination to charity, all these are not the fruit of a small amount of penance (i.e. they are the fruits of a large amount of penance).
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 2.2
A koel's beauty is in her voice, a woman's beauty in her loving devotion to her husband, an ugly person's beauty is his knowledge and for saints, beauty lies in forgiveness.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 3.9
That work one should avoid by doing which one may have to feel ashamed.
It is faith (Shraddha) that we worship in the morning, in the afternoon, and also in the evening. O! Goddess of Faith, give us faith.
Rig Veda 10.151.5
Get up. Do not sleep.
Taittriya Aranyaka, 127.2
People with great intellect conquest the impulse of anger while the people of lower caliber are conquered by it.
The way of action is inscrutable as to what may happen and when. It could be that a mountain is dug up and what is gained is just a mouse.