Where women are revered, there the gods rejoice; but where they are not, all endeavors fail.
If a pot contains ghee, ants will gather on its exterior unceasingly although they are unable to get at it within.
Tirukurral Aras. Ch.47, 337
The ruler of Lanka (Ravana), the conqueror of the worlds, got defeat from the animals (the monkeys). The best of the kings, the Kuru king (Duryodhana), suffered a kick at the head. At the end everybody in common with everyone else suffers humiliation which takes away his respect. Who then is he who under the influence of conceit is to think that he is great?
All people remain under control through punishment. An upright man is rare. It is through the fear of punishment that the world gets fit for enjoyment.
By performing action without attachment one attains the Highest.
Bhagavad Gita 3.19
In this world nobody is ever seen doing anything without desire. Whatever a man does it is because of desire.
Accompanied by Parvati, Shiva lives in the minds of the pure.
Shiva Purana Mahatmya 4.10
Always give way to a brahmin, a cow, the king, a blind person, one who is old, one who is carrying a load, a pregnant woman and one who is weak.
Baudhayana Dharma Sutra 2.3.30
The amount of trouble that a mother and father undergo during the birth of offspring cannot be repaid even in a hundred years.
Man has right over only that much wealth as is enough to satisfy his hunger. He who lays a claim on the surplus is a thief and deserves punishment.
Bhagavata Purana 7.14.8
A man understands dharma by hearing the scriptures, by hearing does he leave aside wicked thoughts, by listening does he gain knowledge, and by listening does he gain enlightenment (Moksha).
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 6.1
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
One should acquire nectar even from poison, good words even from a child, good conduct even from an adversary and gold even from an unclean spot.
Fools bear malice towards the wise, the poor towards the rich, prostitutes towards women of noble families, and widows towards married women.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.6
Whom does not association with the great benefit? A raindrop, standing on a lotus leaf, glitters like a pearl.
Physical penance (tapas) means celibacy and non-violence. Mental penance is restraint of the mind and speech.
Mahabharata Shanti Parva 217.17
In humans, the regions above the navel are extremely pure. Even amongst these, the mouth is the purest.
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?
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
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