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Sanskrit Fable From Panchatantra

Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?

Category: Ancestry

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.

Category: Association

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.

Category: Behavior

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.

Category: Danger

The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.

Category: Deception

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.

Category: Enemies

A store of grain, Oh king is the best of treasures. A gem put in your mouth will not support life.

Category: Food And Eating

The mind is lowered through association with inferiors. With equals it attains equality; and with superiors, superiority.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down.

Category: Greatness

Learning is a livelihood.

Category: Learning

That one is learned who has reduced his learning to practice.

Category: Learning

No wise person should make known the loss of fortune, any malpractice in their house, his being cheated, or having been disgraced.

Category: Losers And Losing

When a husband is embraced without affection, there must be some reason for it.

Category: Marriage

She is a wife who is the soul of her husband.

Category: Marriage

When the leader passes over all alike, not making a distinction, then the endeavors of those who are capable of exertion are entirely lost.

Category: Motivation