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
With the idea that the wife is mine, if she is pampered a lot, she rudely insults the very husband. The lamp is mine, if with this idea it is given a deep kiss, it singes badly the very moment the bristles on the face.
Just as a calf finds out its mother in the midst of thousands of cows, in the same way the action done in previous life follows its doer.
Bestowal on the poor alone is charity: everything else smacks of barter.
Tirukurral, Illa., Ch. 23
Material prosperity is the highest ideal for the king and the prostitute. For the rest, dharma is the supreme ideal.
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
So long a person has desire in this world, he continues to be poor, even though prosperous.
When the destruction (loss) of the whole impends, a wise man foregoes half (a part of it).
The way of action is inscrutable as to what may happen and when. It could be that a mountain is dug up and what is gained is just a mouse.
All qualities do not exist at one place.
A well-born person is worthy of respect, more than him is an artist, more than him even is a scholar, still more than him is one of good conduct, more that still him is a rich person, more than even a rich person is a philanthropist. But even his fame is eclipsed by him who has never begged.
Obeisance to that Kali (age) where the words of wife are the Vedas, to earn money is Dharma and ones own intellect is authority.
The students and the teachers and all those who pore over the Sastras are all fools and addicts. One who practises (what is enjoined in the Sastras) is learned.
Mahabharata, Vanaparva, 313.110
The principal wealth of a man is his wife.
(Mahabharata, Shantiparva 144.14)
The ruler has to suffer the fruits of sins committed by his people, the royal priest suffers the sins of the ruler, a husband the sins of his wife, and a guru the sins committed by his disciple.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 6.9
All these are useless: Rainfall in the sea, feeding those with already a full stomach, donating wealth to the already rich, and lighting a lamp in the day.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.16
Better than a long-living foolish son is the son who dies as soon he is born. The latter gives a brief pain, but the foolish one gives torment as long as he lives.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 4.7
Appropriate food and the capacity to digest it, a beautiful wife and the power to make love to her, extensive wealth and the inclination to charity, all these are not the fruit of a small amount of penance (i.e. they are the fruits of a large amount of penance).
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 2.2
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
There is no worse emaciation of the body than worry.