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
For the twice born, fire is the guru, for all castes, Brahmins are the guru, for women, husband is the guru, and a guest is guru for all.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.1
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
A woman’s name should be beautiful, benign, soft, and easily pronounceable with a clear meaning, have a long vowel at the end and should communicate a blessing.
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
Long enmity, jealousy, untruthfulness, unchasity, backbiting and cruelty are the hallmark of a Sudra.
A man’s intelligence follows whatever is supposed to happen, all means and helpers too become available to achieve it.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 6.5
So long a person has desire in this world, he continues to be poor, even though prosperous.
Indulge a child till five years; for the next ten, chide him to mend his faults; but, as soon he becomes sixteen years old, start treating him like a friend.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 3.18
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
May the son follow his father and obey his mother. May the wife speak with her husband in a calml and sweet voice.
Atharva Veda 3.30.2
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.
Desire is the biggest disease in the world; infatuation the biggest enemy; anger the greatest fire; and knowledge the highest pleasure in the world.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.12
When the destruction (loss) of the whole impends, a wise man foregoes half (a part of it).
He, who, in spite of the wealth that he has neither gives it away in charity nor puts it to self-use; that wealth is not his. He is the like a fake man made of straw who protects the crop for the sake of somebody else.
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.
No official is above greed, one without desire is not fond of beauty, an unintelligent person cannot be a sweet talker, and a straightforward person can never be a crook.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.5
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 jar of water, when overturned, empties all its contents, never to receive them back, thus should one give away without regard to money, fame, one's progeny, or even our own body to anybody who approaches us with a wish list.
Introduction to Jataka
The mother is a thousand times great than the father.