Hitopadesa

Indian text in Sanskrit

Quotes: Hitopadesa

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    A store of grain, Oh king is the best of treasures. A gem put in your mouth will not support life.
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    Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down.
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    In time of danger it is proper to be alarmed until danger be near at hand; but when we perceive that danger is near, we should oppose it as if we were not afraid.
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    Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?
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    Learning is a livelihood.
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    No man should ever display his bravery unless he is prepared for battle, nor bear the marks of defiance, until he has experienced the abilities of his enemy.
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    No one should form an acquaintance with one who has an evil character. A piece of coal, if it is hot burns, and if it's cold, blackens the hands.
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    No wise person should make known the loss of fortune, any malpractice in their house, his being cheated, or having been disgraced.
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    One should not lift the rod against our enemies upon the private information of another.
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    She is a wife who is the soul of her husband.
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    Subdue fate by exerting human strength to the maximum; and if, when the effort has been made and success is not achieved, no one else can be blamed.
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    That one is learned who has reduced his learning to practice.
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    The mind is lowered through association with inferiors. With equals it attains equality; and with superiors, superiority.
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    The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.
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    What ever is the natural propensity of a person is hard to overcome. If a dog were made a king, he would still gnaw at his shoes laces.
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