Quotes by Hitopadesa

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Hitopadesa is a collection of Sanskrit fables in prose and verse; it is similar to, though distinct from, the Panchatantra.

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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.

Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?
When a husband is embraced without affection, there must be some reason for it.
She is a wife who is the soul of her husband.
Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down.
The mind is lowered through association with inferiors. With equals it attains equality; and with superiors, superiority.
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.
No wise person should make known the loss of fortune, any malpractice in their house, his being cheated, or having been disgraced.
When the leader passes over all alike, not making a distinction, then the endeavors of those who are capable of exertion are entirely lost.
One should not lift the rod against our enemies upon the private information of another.
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.
That one is learned who has reduced his learning to practice.
A store of grain, Oh king is the best of treasures. A gem put in your mouth will not support life.
The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.
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.
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.
Youth, abundant wealth, high birth, and inexperience, are, each of them a source of ruin. What then must be the fate of those in whom all four are combined.

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