In this world nobody is ever seen doing anything without desire. Whatever a man does it is because of desire.
Money protects dharma, yoga protects knowledge, gentleness saves the king, and a chaste woman protects the house.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.9
The relinquishing of the present happiness and the pursuit of a future one is never the policy of intelligent people.
Mahabharata, Shanti Parva, 140.36
Food eaten everyday with respect gives both strength and stamina. Food consumed disrespectfully destroys both.
A man's behavior reveals his family background, his manner of speaking his place of origin, respect reveals his affection, and the makeup of his body reveals his food habits.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 3.2
One should very much avoid swimming in a big river and conflict with and opposition to a great man.
Wise men say that death is natural state, while life is a change or effect.
Fie upon the birth of the man who is known in this world through his father. The birth is (praiseworthy) of that well-born who gets known through his son.
Where undeserving ones are shows honour and the deserving ones not done so, three things appear there: famine, death and fear.
Skandapuran Maa. Kou. 7,2.45
A deed performed unrighteously will certainly bring calamity.
Kathasaritsagara Book X, Lx (84)
Never trust the following: Animals with nails, Rivers, Horned animals, Men with weapons, Women, and the Royal family (because all change temperament without warning).
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 1.15
A wise man should marry an ugly girl of a noble family rather than a beautiful girl born in a dubious family, because a marriage takes place only between equal families.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 1.14
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.
So long a person has desire in this world, he continues to be poor, even though prosperous.
The one who gives with respect and the one who receives it with respect; both go to heaven. But when the opposite happens, they go to hell.
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
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
One should not sit in a lonely place with ones mother, sister or daughter; for the senses are powerful. They pull towards themselves even a learned man.
When the heart becomes free of all desires, then does man achieve god and become immortal.
Katha Upanishad 2.3.14
Even a serpent with no poison should raise its hood in full. Poison there may or may not be, the display of the hood itself strikes terror.