There can be no lotus without a stalk, no merchant without deceit, no goldsmith who is not a cheat, no village assembly without conflict and no prostitute without greed.
Mrichchakatika, Act IV.
An elephant bound in ropes, the eclipse of the sun and the poverty of the wise, makes it obvious that the power of fate is always supreme.
Bhartrihari's Nitishatakam 91
A woman's mouth is forever pure.
Will grow with this idea one should take to farming: there may be (profit) or not with this idea one should do business; will not come back with this idea one should advance loan; I will not exist with this idea one should take risk.
Physical penance (tapas) means celibacy and non-violence. Mental penance is restraint of the mind and speech.
Mahabharata Shanti Parva 217.17
Like a cow loves her calf may you all too love each other.
Atharva Veda 3.30.1
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
Never look at your own reflection in water.
The days ends in setting of the sun; and there is a new dawn at the end of the night. Pleasure ends in pain; and the end of pain is always happiness.
Mahabharata Ashvamedhik Parva 44.18
Hoarding and expenditure, elevation and degradation, meeting and parting, life and death, all are akin.
Ramayana Ayodhya Kanda Ch. 105.16
A wise man should marry an ugly girl of a noble family rather than a beautiful girl born in a dubious family, because a marriage takes place only between equal families.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 1.14
A king without pride, a Brahmin without greed, a sage without anger, a monkey without pranks, a poet without jealousy, a merchant who is no thief (pilferer), a fond husband without jealousy, a good man not poor, a rich man not half-wicked, an attendant who is happy, a gambler who is grateful, a wandering ascetic who is not hungry, a cruel man who is sweet of tongue and a kings son who is not arrogant are rare in this world.
All people remain under control through punishment. An upright man is rare. It is through the fear of punishment that the world gets fit for enjoyment.
For the Brahmagyani heaven, for the brave a warrior his life, for one who has won over his senses a woman, and for those who are not greedy this world, all are but mere twigs.
Chanakya Neeti Darpan: 5.14
So long a person has desire in this world, he continues to be poor, even though prosperous.
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
Alone one should not taste a delicious dish, alone one should not think of profitable undertakings, alone one should not go a journey and alone one should not be awake amidst those who are asleep.
Women are like flowers.
Kama Sutra 3.2.6
OM is the Supreme God. Pranayama is the greatest austerity. There is nothing greater than Gayatri, and truth is greater than silence.
Relieving others of their suffering is the highest worship of god.
Bhagavata Purana 8.7.44