Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
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.
One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.
The one excellent thing that can be learned from a lion is that whatever a man intends doing should be done by him with a whole-hearted and strenuous effort.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
Once you start a working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
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