Pupils should tend to their teachers in the following five ways:
i) By rising to greet them, ii) Waiting on them, iii) Being attentive, iv) Serving them and v) Mastering the skills they teach. The teachers should similarly: i) Give thorough instruction, ii) Make sure the pupils have grasped what they have been taught; iii) Give them a thorough grounding in skills, iv) Recommend their pupils to friends and colleagues and, v) Make them secure.
Digha Nikaya 31: Sigalaka Sutta, III
Be compassionate: for compassion is the root of all doctrines.
Tirukkural, Tura., Ch. 25
The one who knows the secret of my words does not criticize not praise anybody, but moves in the world free from any prejudice or partiality, just like the sun.
Bhagavata Purana 11.28.8
Never live in a city lacking these five things: Means of livelihood, Fear of punishment, Mutual shame, Cleverness and Charity amongst the people.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 1.10
Those who have an element of attachment in them weaknesses appear even in the forests. Control over the five senses in the house itself is penance. One who follows the noncensurable path, for him, away from attachment, the home is the penance grove.
Generally it is the rich who have a strong desire for riches.
A prostitute deserts a man without money, the people desert a defeated king, birds a fruitless tree, and a guest the house after having his food.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 2.17
As a man gets water by digging with a spade, so does a student, offering obedient service, gain knowledge contained in his Guru.
Weak persons acquire their objects when allied with the strong. The rivulet, with the help of the river, reaches the ocean.
Shishupalavadha BkII 100
Who is whose friend? Who is to get what from whom? A being is born alone and alone does he die.
Valmiki Ramayana, 2.108.6
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.
The best remedy for sorrow (dukha) is to not think about it. Thinking about sorrow increases it, rather than decreasing it.
Mahabharata Stri Parva 2.27
O you the Ketaka plant, you are curved, you grow in a muddy place, you are not easy of reach, snakes take recourse in you, you have no fruit, you have thorns, still you through your smell, are dear to all beings. Just one, single, good quality of yours cancels out all the bad ones.
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
As a man grows old his hair gets old (wears away) so do his teeth (i.e. decay) and his eyes and ears (i.e. they lose their power of seeing and hearing); his desire only gets stronger (lit. youthful).
Civility adds grace even to an ugly woman while the absence of it takes away the grace of even from the pretty one.
Dhurt Vit Samvad, 23
The one who uses another person’s vehicle, bed, seat, well, garden or house without permission, gets a quarter of the owner’s sins.
For the Brahmins fire is the god; for the sages, god is in the heart; for those low on knowledge the idol is the god;, and for those who see impartially (sama-dasrhi), god is everywhere.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 4.21
By its very nature medicine, if distasteful, is curative of ailment.
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