All that is accumulated is finally to vanish and all that rises ends in fall. All unions end in separation and life in death.
Valmiki Ramayana, 2.105.16
Those born blind, those blinded with desire, and those blinded with pride, all three cannot see, and a fourth, the selfish ones, cannot see their faults.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 6.7
Never hurt cows.
Rig Veda 8.101.15
If in this world, there were none to beg, would there be any glory for the rich?
Tirukkural 101 Ch.106. 1059
Refrain from whispers or smiles in the presence of the great.
Ramayana Yuddha Kanda Ch. 47
For the Brahmagyani heaven, for the brave a warrior his life, for one who has won over his senses a woman, and for those who are not greedy this world, all are but mere twigs.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.14
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
A serpent giving out sound like a frog, a lion putting on the expression of a cow and an enemy showing respect one should take as not friendly.
Good advice to fools only provokes them and not pacifies. The drinking of milk by serpents produces poison in them and not nectar.
The relinquishing of the present happiness and the pursuit of a future one is never the policy of intelligent people.
Mahabharata, Shanti Parva, 140.36
The one who gives with respect and the one who receives it with respect; both go to heaven. But when the opposite happens, they go to hell.
To be in the river till noon, to offer worship to a deity in an (open) assembly, to be well-dressed all the time - this is what hypocrisy is.
Indulge a child till five years; for the next ten, chide him to mend his faults; but, as soon he becomes sixteen years old, start treating him like a friend.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 3.18
A servant is tested at the time of work, Relatives at the time of suffering, Friends in calamities, and women during the loss of wealth.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 1.11
Food eaten everyday with respect gives both strength and stamina. Food consumed disrespectfully destroys both.
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.
Forgiveness is an ornament of both men and women.
Ramayana Bala Kanda 33.7
Suffering means being under somebody else’s control. Happiness is being under one’s control only. This in a nutshell is a definition of happiness and suffering.
One should no go at the head of multitude; if the undertaking succeeds, the fruit is the same (i.e., is shared equally by all); but if it fails, it is the leader who is killed.
That which was before is only what takes birth again. What happens before happens now and that is what will happen in the future too. It is the father who enters his son with all his powers.
Atharva Veda 11.4.20