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 this world nobody is Brahmin, Ksatriya, Vaisya, Sudra or Mleccha by birth. Qualities and actions lead to distinctions (like the above).
An elephant bound in ropes, the eclipse of the sun and the poverty of the wise, makes it obvious that the power of fate is always supreme.
Bhartrihari's Nitishatakam 91
Where fools are not worshipped, sufficient quantity of grain is in store, where husband and wife don't fight with each other, there Goddess Lakshmi dwells by her own choice.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 3.21
When the wife sparkles, everything in the family also shines. When she does not, everything loses its attraction.
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
Those who criticize the wisdom of the Vedas, describe the noble behavior enjoined by the scriptures as useless, call the peaceful person a hypocrite, all these merely trouble themselves without cause.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.10
Dharma protects those who protect it.
Mahabharata Vana Parva 313.128
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.
When the destruction (loss) of the whole impends, a wise man foregoes half (a part of it).
People with great intellect conquest the impulse of anger while the people of lower caliber are conquered by it.
The best remedy for sorrow (dukha) is to not think about it. Thinking about sorrow increases it, rather than decreasing it.
Mahabharata Stri Parva 2.27
Question to Goddess Lakshmi: "Where do you live?" Her Answer: "I live in women devoted to their husbands".
Mahabharata Anushasana Parva 11.14
Indulgence leads to demerits and admonition leads to development of good qualities. Hence, sons and students should be admonished and never indulged.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 212
One protected by the armour of endurance (forbearance) conquers everything.
Physical penance (tapas) means celibacy and non-violence. Mental penance is restraint of the mind and speech.
Mahabharata Shanti Parva 217.17
There is just a difference of a dot between chinta (=worry) and chita (=funeral pyre). Chita (funeral pyre) burns a life-less being while, strange it may appear, chinta (=worry) burns even the living one.
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.
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
The one who gains neither pleasure nor unhappiness while listening, touching, seeing, eating or smelling, is the one who has gained control over his sense organs.