Though one might be exceedingly strong and clever, one should be wary of an unnecessary foe. Though a doctor may be available, for no reason should one carelessly drink poison.
Panchatantra, Book III (iii)
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.
Two types of deaths have been considered the most coveted in this world: The yogic way of giving up the body by control of breath and meditating on the Supreme Reality, and the second of the brave warrior fighting fearlessly at the forefront of battle.
Bhagavata Purana 10.33
The king who has control over his senses is truly Indra.
Atharva Veda 11.5.16
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.
He who allows the occasion for coming to the assistance of his friends to pass is worthless, even if he were to achieve great things.
Valmiki Ramayana, 4.29.14
As a man gets water by digging with a spade, so does a student, offering obedient service, gain knowledge contained in his Guru.
He who enveloped by Tamas (Tamoguna) gives black money in charity, he, the wretched one, attaining animalhood in death reaps its fruit.
The industrious one is devoid of poverty, the one who chants is devoid of sins, for the silent there are no quarrels, and there is no fear for those who are alert.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 3.11
Those who cook food (only) for themselves eat only sin.
Bhagavad Gita 3.13
One's own character, offspring, family, soul, and dharma - all are protected when the wife is protected.
Be compassionate: for compassion is the root of all doctrines.
Tirukkural, Tura., Ch. 25
Never live in a city lacking these five things: Means of livelihood, Fear of punishment, Mutual shame, Cleverness and Charity amongst the people.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 1.10
The bull of dharma has forgiveness for its horns, control of the senses for its ears, the eyes of faith and the Vedas as its breath.
Shiva Purana Vidyeshvarasamhita:17.86
In this transient world wealth, our breath, life, and youth, all are transient. If anything is unshaking, it is dharma.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.20
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).
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.
Penance is done alone, studies with two, singing with three, traveling with four, farming with five, and a battle is fought well by many.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 4.12
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.
One should win over kama (desire) by giving up all resolves, anger by giving up desire, greed by looking upon wealth as an evil, and fear by pondering on the true nature of reality (Tattva).
Shrimad Bhagavata Purana. 7.15.22