Fools bear malice towards the wise, the poor towards the rich, prostitutes towards women of noble families, and widows towards married women.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.6
A bad lunch ruins the day, a bad wife the night, a bad son ruins the family and not sharing money ruins one’s wealth.
As a man gets water by digging with a spade, so does a student, offering obedient service, gain knowledge contained in his Guru.
Father, mother, brothers and sons, all follow their own individual destinies. It is only the wife who shares her husband's destiny.
In humans, the regions above the navel are extremely pure. Even amongst these, the mouth is the purest.
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
All qualities do not exist at one place.
There is no greater dharma than serving your father and obeying his orders.
Ramayana Ayodhya Kanda 19.22
When taking food, luck may provide a full meal, but, without the assistance of the hand, it will not reach the mouth.
Panchatantra BkII. 136
A backbiter does not cause as much hurt by not being kind as he does by harsh words. A mosquito causes more pain to the ear by its hum than by sucking blood.
Desire is the biggest disease in the world; infatuation the biggest enemy; anger the greatest fire; and knowledge the highest pleasure in the world.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.12
Whose son is under his control, whose wife follows his words, who has ample wealth, for him, this world itself is heaven.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 2.3
Generally it is the rich who have a strong desire for riches.
Even a serpent with no poison should raise its hood in full. Poison there may or may not be, the display of the hood itself strikes terror.
A woman's mouth is forever pure.
The ruler of Lanka (Ravana), the conqueror of the worlds, got defeat from the animals (the monkeys). The best of the kings, the Kuru king (Duryodhana), suffered a kick at the head. At the end everybody in common with everyone else suffers humiliation which takes away his respect. Who then is he who under the influence of conceit is to think that he is great?
Separation from one's wife, lack of respect from friends and relatives, a balance loan, service of an evil king, poverty, and a gathering of fools - all these burn the body without fire.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 2.14
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.
Who does this body belong to? Does it belong to my parents who created it? Or does it belong to my wife who is my life partner? Is it fuel for the fire that is ultimately going to consume it, or is it food for vultures and wolves? Does it belong to me, or to my near and dear ones?
Bhagavata Purana 11.26.19
When you have to choose between water secured without any effort and delicious food causing trouble, choose after consideration, what is conducive to happiness and what is easily acquired.
Hitopdesha, Book I