There is no water purer than a cloud’s, no power greater than one’s own inner strength, no light like that of the eye and nothing more likeable than food.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.17
As a man gets water by digging with a spade, so does a student, offering obedient service, gain knowledge contained in his Guru.
Never hurt cows.
Rig Veda 8.101.15
One should bring under control the agitated elephant of senses strutting about in the sprawling forest of sense-objects with the goad of knowledge.
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
In humans the barber is the most cunning, in birds the crow, in four-legged creatures the jackal and amongst women the wife of the gardener.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.21
With the idea that the wife is mine, if she is pampered a lot, she rudely insults the very husband. The lamp is mine, if with this idea it is given a deep kiss, it singes badly the very moment the bristles on the face.
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.
Civility adds grace even to an ugly woman while the absence of it takes away the grace of even from the pretty one.
Dhurt Vit Samvad, 23
That work one should avoid by doing which one may have to feel ashamed.
Who does this body belong to? Does it belong to my parents who created it? Or does it belong to my wife who is my life partner? Is it fuel for the fire that is ultimately going to consume it, or is it food for vultures and wolves? Does it belong to me, or to my near and dear ones?
Bhagavata Purana 11.26.19
Water does not stick to a lotus leaf or a grain of mustard to the tip of an awl. Similarly, even though he may be married, one who does not cling to the pleasure of the senses, him would I call a Brahmin.
Buddha in the Dhammapada Atthakatha, Book V, Story 10
Father, mother, brothers and sons, all follow their own individual destinies. It is only the wife who shares her husband's destiny.
Be islands unto yourselves, be a refuge unto yourselves with no other refuge.
Digha Nikaya iii 1
If a pot contains ghee, ants will gather on its exterior unceasingly although they are unable to get at it within.
Tirukurral Aras. Ch.47, 337
When Gautam Buddha saw the ground littered with dead worms and insects scattered by ploughs, he mourned deeply, as if they were his own kinsmen.
Buddha Charita 5.5
Like a charioteer controlling his horses, a wise man too should rein in his senses wandering in the objects of pleasure which steal away his mind.
Who is brave? One who has achieved control over the senses. Who is beloved? She who is of good character. What is wealth? Knowledge. What is happiness? Not to continue living abroad. What is authority? The ability to issue orders. What is gain? The association with the virtuous. What is unwelcome? To serve the unwise. What is loss? The absence of decency. What is skill? The attachment to Dharma.
Never harm a woman, child, hermit or a priest. Even if one has to give up one's life, the trust of these four should never be betrayed.
Panchatantra, Book IV (40)
The king who has control over his senses is truly Indra.
Atharva Veda 11.5.16