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  • Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
  • Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
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  • The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
  • A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
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  • The one excellent thing that can be learned from a lion is that whatever a man intends doing should be done by him with a whole-hearted and strenuous effort.
  • A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
  • As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
  • The hearts of base men burn before the fire of other's fame, and they slander them being themselves unable to rise to such a high position.
  • The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
  • The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
  • A woman does not become holy by offering by charity, by observing hundreds of fasts, or by sipping sacred water, as by sipping the water used to wash her husbands feet.
  • A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does and pleases him like a prostitute in the night.
  • Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
  • He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
  • Once a man’ ambition is kindled, nothing can stop him. For a businessman, no country can be too far. For a wise man, there is no such thing as a foreign land. He is at home wherever he goes.
  • Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
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  • Those born blind cannot see; similarly blind are those in the grip of lust. Proud men have no perception of evil; and those bent on acquiring riches see no sin in their actions.
  • God dwells not in the wooden, or stone or earthen idols. His abode is in our feeling, our thoughts. It is only through the feeling that we deem God existing in these idols.
  • O wise man! Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.
  • He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.
  • Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife is misfortune.
  • A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
  • There is no disease (so destructive) as lust; no enemy like infatuation; no fire like wrath; and no happiness like spiritual knowledge.
  • That man who is without religion and mercy should be rejected. A guru without spiritual knowledge should be rejected. The wife with an offensive face should be given up and so should relatives who are without affection.
  • Just as a mirror reflects as a mans face his personality is reflected in his choice of friends. One must always be careful in forming friendships and acquaintances, for one’s friends, are in a way, an extension of one’s inner inclinations and tendencies.
  • There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a better truth.
  • As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant try to save your soul; when death is immanent what can you do?
  • God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your God. The soul is your temple.
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  • There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.
  • Learn from the mistakes of others…you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.
  • You can win over a greedy greedy by offering money, a proud person by covering before him. You can win a foolish by agreeing with him and you can win a scholar by truth only.
  • For one whose heart melts with compassion for all creatures; what is the necessity of knowledge, liberation, matted hair on the head, and smearing the body with ashes.
  • Foolishness is indeed painful, and verily so is youth, but more painful by far than either is being obliged in another person's house.
  • Before you start some work always ask yourselves three questions why i am doing it, what the results might be and will be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
  • There is no present and future of the lazy.
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  • No one can defeat a powerful mind.
  • Never settle for anything less than what you deserve. It’s not pride, it’s self respect.
  • One’s behavior will reveal which clan one has descended from. One’s speech will reveal one’s nationality. One’s respect for others reflects the measure of grace and love in one’s heart. One’s body mirrors the kind of food one consumes.
  • Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
  • As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
  • We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only with the present moment.
  • One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others can use neither knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.
  • The king shall lose no time when the opportunity waited for arrives.
  • Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.
  • Time perfects men as well as destroys them.
  • The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquility is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.
  • Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
  • The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
  • The earth is supported by the power of truth, it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow, indeed all things rest upon truth.
  • Wealth, a friend, a wife, and a kingdom may be regained, but this body when lost may never be acquired again.
  • All the creatures are pleased by loving words; and therefore we should address words that are pleasing to all, for there is no lack of sweet words.
  • Drop the idea that attachment and love are one thing. They are enemies. It is attachment that destroys all love.
  • There are three gems upon this earth, food, water, and pleasing words — fools (mudhas) consider pieces of rocks as gems.
  • He who is prepared for the future and he who deals cleverly with any situation that may arise are both happy, but the fatalistic man who wholly depends on luck is ruined.
  • A learned man is honored by the people. A learned man commands respect everywhere for his learning. Indeed, learning is honored everywhere.
  • Accumulated wealth is saved by spending just as incoming fresh water is saved by letting out stagnant water.
  • Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others destroy themselves like serpents that stray onto anthills.
  • Generosity, pleasing address, courage and propriety of conduct are not acquired, but are inbred qualities.
  • We return evil for evil, in which there is no sin, for it is necessary to pay a wicked man in his own coin.
  • Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher full of poison with milk on top.
  • The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the tail of a dog which neither covers its rear end nor protects it from the bites of insects.
  • There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.
  • The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.
  • Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.
  • The testing time of the following are ; the wife when the money is gone, the friend in the time of need, the relatives in the times of crisis and the servants when they are assigned a mission. In such times they show their true faces.
  • As compared to males the females eat twice the amount of food, possess cleverness four times, display courage six times and exhibit lustful desires eight times.
  • One destitute of wealth is not destitute, he is indeed rich, but the man devoid of learning is destitute in every way.
  • Save your wealth against future calamity. Do not say, “what fear has a rich man of calamity?” Wealth sometimes vanishes away and large accumulations perish.
  • No messenger can travel about in the sky and no tidings come from there. The voice of its inhabitants as never heard, nor can any contact be established with them.
  • It is better to die than preserve life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life only pains a moment, but disgrace every day of one’s life.