God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
There is no disease (so destructive) as lust; no enemy like infatuation; no fire like wrath; and no happiness like spiritual knowledge.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is a crane among swans, so are ignorant so are ignorant sons in a public assembly.
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
He who is prepared for the future and he who deals cleverly with any situation that may arise are both happy; but the fatalistic man who wholly depends on luck is ruined.
What is the use of having many sons if they cause grief and vexation?
Do not put your trust in a bad companion nor even trust an ordinary friend, for if he should get angry with you, he may bring all your secrets to light.
Do not be very upright in your dealings for you would see by going to the forest that straight trees are cut down while crooked ones are left standing.
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.
They alone are sons who are devoted to their father. He is a father who supports his sons. He is a friend in whom we can confide, and she only is a wife in whose company the husband feels contented and peaceful.