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He who formerly was reckless and afterwards became sober brightens up this world like the moon when freed from clouds.
Like a beautiful flower, full of colour but without scent, are the fine but fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly.
The fool who knows his foolishness is wise so far, at least; but a fool who thinks himself wise, he is called a fool indeed.
By rousing himself, by earnestness, by restraint and control the wise man may make for himself an island which no flood can overwhelm.
In the body restraint is good; good is restraint in speech; in thought restraint is good: good is restraint in all things.
The faults of others are easily perceived, but those of oneself are difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbour?s faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides as a cheat hides the false dice from the gamester.
All that we are is made up of our thoughts; it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with a pure thought, happiness will follow him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
Do not speak harshly to any one those who are spoken to will answer thee in the same way. Angry speech is painful blows for blows will touch thee.
Men who have not observed discipline, and have not gained treasure in their youth, perish like old herons in a lake without fish.
Better than power over all the earth, better than going to heaven and better than dominion over the worlds is the joy of the man who enters the river of life that leads to Non-Being.
Speak the truth, do not yield to anger give, if thou art asked for little by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
There is no fire like passion; there is no shark like hatred; there is no snare like folly; there is no torrent like greed.
It is good to tame the mind, which is difficult to hold in, and flighty, rushing wheresoever it listeth: a tamed mind brings blessings.
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
If a man conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men, and if another conquer himself, he is the greater of conquerors.*
If one speaks or acts with a cruel mind, misery follows, as the cart follows the horse... If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows, as a shadow follows its source.
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