A debt should be paid off till the last penny, and an enemy should be destroyed till last trace.
A human being should strive for four things in life — dharma (duty), artha (money), kama (pleasure) and moksha (salvation). A person who hasn't striven for even one of these things has wasted life.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are victimized first.
A rich man has many friends.
A woman is four times as shy, six times as brave and eight times as lusty as a man.
An egoist can be won over by being respected, a crazy person can be won over by allowing him to behave in an insane manner and a wise person can be won over by truth.
As centesimal droppings will fill a pot so also are knowledge, virtue and wealth gradually obtained.
As soon as the fear approaches near, attack it and destroy it.
Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher of poison with milk on top.
Before you start any work, always ask yourself three questions — Why am I doing it? What might the results be? And Will I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
Books are as useless to a stupid person as a mirror is useless to a blind person.
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education surpasses the beauty and the youth.
Even if a snake is not venomous, it should pretend to be.
God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious, whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.
Don't hesitate to learn something even from the most lowly of creatures.
In a state where the ruler lives like a common man, the citizens live like kings. And in the state where the ruler lives like a king, the citizens live like beggars.
Jealousy is another name for failure.
Never go on a long journey alone.
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
Variant version: Friendship should be among equals.
Once you start working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
One who is in search of knowledge should give up the search of pleasure and the one who is in search of pleasure should give up the search of knowledge.
The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
The four greatest enemies of a man are — the father who has taken a loan, the characterless mother, the beautiful but promiscuous wife and the stupid child.
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.
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
Whores don't live in company of poor men, birds don't build nests on a tree that doesn't bear fruits and citizens never support a weak administration.
Wise men should never go into a country where there are no means of earning one's livelihood, where the people have no dread of anybody, have no sense of shame, no intelligence, or a charitable disposition.
A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions — Why I am doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
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 are sincerely are the happiest.
The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. If you can not keep secret with you, do not expect that others will keep it? It will destroy you.
There is some self interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This a bitter truth.
People’s fury is above all furies.
God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
Education is the best friend. An Educated Person is Respected Everywhere. Education beats the Beauty and the Youth.
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.
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.
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendship will never give you any happiness.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
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 bite of insects.
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.
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.
He whose son is obedient to him, whose wife’s conduct is in accordance with his wishes and who is content with his riches has the heaven here on earth.
Avoid him who tries to talk sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher full of poison with milk on top.
As water collected in a tank gets pure by filtration, so accumulated wealth is preserved by being employed in charity.
Time perfects men as well as destroys them.
It is better to have only one son endowed with good quality than a hundred devoid of them. For the Moon though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, do not
Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women and members of a royal family.
Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is a crane among swans, so are ignorant sons in a public assembly.
Trees on a river bank, a woman in another man’s house, and kings without counselors go without doubt to swift destruction.
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth comes of Her own accord where fools are not respected, grain is well stored up and the husband and wife do not quarrel.
The goddess of wealth is unsteady, and so is the life breath. The duration of life is uncertain, and the place of habitation is uncertain, but in ll this uncertain world religious merit alone is immovable.
A father who is chronic debtor, an adulterous mother, a beautiful wife, and an unlearned son are enemies in one’s own home.
Beauty is spoiled by an immoral nature; noble birth by bad conduct; learning without being perfected; and wealth by not being properly utilized.
There are three gems on this earth: food, water, and pleasing words – fools consider pieces of rocks as gems.
Even a wise man comes to grief and feels depressions if he imparts instructions to a foolish disciple or when maintains a wicked wife or when comes in close contact with the miserable.
A wicked wife, a foolish friend, an ill tongued servant and a house infested with serpents will undoubtedly bring death.
One should save money against hard times, save his wife against spending or sacrificing the money and one should save self at the cost of the wife and the riches.
Save your wealth against unforeseen calamities without thinking that a rich man has no fear of calamity. Wealth has supple legs. Even saved riches are destroyed.
One should not inhabit a country where one gets no respect, no opportunity to earn once’s livelihood, where one has no friends or relatives, or from where one can not acquire knowledge.
Test a servant while on his duty, and a relative in difficulty, test a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
He is a true friend and sincere relative who cooperates and stands by in time of need, depression, misfortune, famine, a war, in a king’s court, or at he crematorium (the place of last rituals where the dead are put on a pyre).
He who opts out for an uncertain thing leaving behind the certain things, loses that which is in possession and fails to get what is already perishable.
If there is nectar in poison, it should be extracted; if gold is fallen in filth it should be taken out, washed and kept; if a low-born person possesses knowledge, he should be treated respectfully; in the same way a girl in the family of evil-doers be accepted, if she possess virtuous qualities.
Women eat double than men. They have four times more wisdom than men, they have six times more courage, and eight times more sensual urge than men.
Untruthfulness, rashness, guile, stupidity, avarice, unseemliness, and cruelty are a women’s natural flaws.
It is a boon of extraordinary austerities to get healthy and delicious dishes, to eat them and to have a strong system to digest them, to have a beautiful socially accepted wife and to be virile in her company, and to have a longing and mental set up for charity in prosperity. All these are boons.
Virtuous persons and fruit-laden trees bow, but fools and dry sticks break because they do not bend.
A person becomes great not be sitting on some high seat, but through higher qualities. Can a crow become an eagle by simply sitting on the top of a palatial building? (page 201
The sounding of the mridanga (drum) in the kirtana (Devotional singing) is proclaiming loudly that those who have no devotion to Lord Krishna are very shameful and reprehensible. This is so because the mridanga sound diktum diktum, which means Oh! great shame! Oh! great shame!