There are five reasons for the early onslaught of old age: exposure to too much cold, too much walking, eating bad food, copulation with an old woman, and also having to live in unfavorable circumstances.
One should always be satisfied with following three: one’s own wife, food and money. One should never be satisfied with following: one’s study, penance, and charity.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 7.4
To be without qualities is good. Fie upon qualities. While other trees have their jolly good existence, it is the sandalwood trees that are cut.
Separation from wife, censure by the good, the remainder of debt, service to the miser, the advent of the dear ones when one is stricken with poverty these five burn the body without fire.
The world was created before kama (desire) came into being.
Shiva Purana: Vayaviya Samhita I.24.43
Just as a calf finds out its mother in the midst of thousands of cows, in the same way the action done in previous life follows its doer.
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
As a man gets water by digging with a spade, so does a student, offering obedient service, gain knowledge contained in his Guru.
When an individual is firmly established in non-violence (ahimsa), all beings who come near him also cease to be hostile.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.35
One who takes scorn in his stride sleeps at ease, wakes at ease, and goes about the world with ease. However, the one who scorns him perishes.
Fools bear malice towards the wise, the poor towards the rich, prostitutes towards women of noble families, and widows towards married women.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.6
Generally it is the rich who have a strong desire for riches.
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
Charity begets wealth, keeping silent makes others follow you, penance leads to gain of desired objects, and celibacy leads to a long life.
Mahabharata Anushasana Parva 7.14
Question to Goddess Lakshmi: "Where do you live?" Her Answer: "I live in women devoted to their husbands".
Mahabharata Anushasana Parva 11.14
One should not diminish ones qualities by self-praise.
A wise man accepts there and then the cooked food, the ripe fruit, a woman in early youth, a wise saying, and a betelnut.
Those who criticize the wisdom of the Vedas, describe the noble behavior enjoined by the scriptures as useless, call the peaceful person a hypocrite, all these merely trouble themselves without cause.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.10
The characteristics of Dharma are the following: Never taking something which is not given to us; Being steadfast in studying the Vedas; Doing charity; Performing austerities; Practising non-violence; Speaking the truth; Not getting angry and performing Yagyas.
(Mahabharata, Shantiparva 36.10)
In this transient world wealth, our breath, life, and youth, all are transient. If anything is unshaking, it is dharma.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.20