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
One who respects all three – Mother, Father and Guru, he has respected all Dharmas. One who disrespects them; he has failed in all ways.
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.
"Dharma is called 'dharma' because it upholds (dharan) the world. Therefore, whatever possesses this characteristic of support and sustenance is dharma."
Mahabharata Shanti Parva 109.11
It is better to have a single son with good qualities, rather than several ones without qualities; because, a single moon removes the darkness of the night, rather than the large number of stars in the sky.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 4.6
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.
If one has not given up hypocrisy, what has one to do with vows and austerities? If the blindness of the eye is not gone, what use is looking at a glass or lamp?
The poor want wealth, the animals want to speak, humans desire the heavens and gods desire salvation.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.18
For a brahmachari subsisting solely on alms, it is but equivalent to fasting.
Criticizing others leads to destruction. Criticizing oneself gives fame.
Shiva Purana: Rudrasamhita, Parvati Khanda 31.23
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
The teacher (acharya) is an incarnation of the Vedas, the father is an image of Lord Brahma, one's brother is an image of Indra and one's mother is but a direct expression of the earth.
Shrimad Bhagavata Purana 7.6.29
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 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
Even a little thorn, if extracted carelessly, leads to gangrene.
Mahabharata Shanti Parva CXL (60)
Just as a frog swallows beings even when in the fangs of a serpent, in the same way, self, why you even in the grip of death, torment others?
One who takes scorn in his stride sleeps at ease, wakes at ease, and goes about the world with ease. However, the one who scorns him perishes.
The characteristics of Dharma are the following: Never taking something which is not given to us; Being steadfast in studying the Vedas; Doing charity; Performing austerities; Practising non-violence; Speaking the truth; Not getting angry and performing Yagyas.
(Mahabharata, Shantiparva 36.10)
Truth always wins, and never falsehood.
Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6
Old age stands threatening like a tigress. Diseases are striking the body like enemies and life is leaking out like water from a broken jar; but, strange to say, men are still regardless of doing good.