Physical penance (tapas) means celibacy and non-violence. Mental penance is restraint of the mind and speech.
Mahabharata Shanti Parva 217.17
Wise men say that death is natural state, while life is a change or effect.
The guru’s feet should be touched with hands crossed, i.e., the right hand should touch the right leg and the left hand should touch the left.
As a man grows old his hair gets old (wears away) so do his teeth (i.e. decay) and his eyes and ears (i.e. they lose their power of seeing and hearing); his desire only gets stronger (lit. youthful).
Worship the following as gods: your mother, father, teacher and the guest who comes unannounced to your home.
Taittriya Upanishad 1.11.2
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
Forgiveness is an ornament of both men and women.
Ramayana Bala Kanda 33.7
Weak persons acquire their objects when allied with the strong. The rivulet, with the help of the river, reaches the ocean.
Shishupalavadha BkII 100
A man invariably sins while indulging his sense organs. By controlling them he gains all siddhis.
A gift accompanied with sweet words, knowledge without pride, courage attended by forgiveness and wealth spend in charity: these four are rare in this world.
Dharma protects those who protect it.
Mahabharata Vana Parva 313.128
Fragrance in gold, the non-withering of a jasmine garland and the non-enviousness of listeners are beyond the creation of the Creator.
Shri Kanthacharit, 2.5
A silent person, or one who speaks much or the man of few words, all are blamed. In this world, none is blameless.
Dhammapada, XVII (227)
A person exceedingly angry is blind though possessed of eyes.
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
Always respect food. Eat it without criticizing. Express pleasure on seeing food and pray for receiving it forever.
Material prosperity is the highest ideal for the king and the prostitute. For the rest, dharma is the supreme ideal.
Bestowal on the poor alone is charity: everything else smacks of barter.
Tirukurral, Illa., Ch. 23
The face is marked over with wrinkles, the head is covered with grey hair and the limbs are all weak and worn out with age, it is only the desire which is youthful (getting strong).
One who respects all three – Mother, Father and Guru, he has respected all Dharmas. One who disrespects them; he has failed in all ways.