There can be no lotus without a stalk, no merchant without deceit, no goldsmith who is not a cheat, no village assembly without conflict and no prostitute without greed.
Mrichchakatika, Act IV.
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
Misfortunes that befell a human being are the eventual cause of his welfare.
Shrimad Devi Bhagavata Purana: 9.7.22
A cloud thunders in the autumn, it does not rain: in the rainy season it rains but does not thunder. A mean fellow speaks but does not act. A good man does not speak, he just acts.
In any endeavor, it is the sentiment (bhava) behind it that is the sole determinant. A man embraces his wife with one feeling, and his mother with another.
Skanda Purana. Maheshvarakhanda, Kaumarikhanda. 42.62
Desire is never extinguished by the enjoyment of desired objects; it only grows stronger like a fire (fed) with clarified butter.
Mahabharata, Aadiparv, 75.50
In strained circumstances a man is even anxious to get a handful of barley grains but afterwards when he is full (very prosperous) he attaches no importance (lit. thinks like a straw) to (the whole) earth. It is quite clear, (therefore) that the value of a thing is altogether dependant upon the wealthy or penurious conditions of a man.
Charity destroys poverty, good behavior destroys troubles, knowledge destroys ignorance, and bhakti destroys fear.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.11
To keep company with those whom they do not like and to be separated from those whom they like as also to deal with the wicked is the agony which people with long life have to suffer.
Mahabharata, Vanaparv, 193.18
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.
One should avoid from a distance a bad son, a bad king, a bad friend, a bad relationship and a bad country.
Mahabharata Shantiparv, 139.93
One should accept reasonable (suitable) words even from a child, and a parrot but if these are not suitable, one should not accept them even it they come from Brhaspati.
Fix your mind only on Me, place your intellect in Me and then without doubt you will dwell in me thereafter.
Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita 12.8
When the destruction (loss) of the whole impends, a wise man foregoes half (a part of it).
Get up. Do not sleep.
Taittriya Aranyaka, 127.2
All these are useless: Rainfall in the sea, feeding those with already a full stomach, donating wealth to the already rich, and lighting a lamp in the day.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.16
For a brahmachari subsisting solely on alms, it is but equivalent to fasting.
Of a man overcome by worries of his family, learning, good conduct and (all) other qualities disappear along with the body like water in an unbaked pitcher.
If you desire to maintain character, cultivate patience.
Tirukurral, Illa., Ch. 16
O you the Ketaka plant, you are curved, you grow in a muddy place, you are not easy of reach, snakes take recourse in you, you have no fruit, you have thorns, still you through your smell, are dear to all beings. Just one, single, good quality of yours cancels out all the bad ones.