563 - 483 BC
Wisdom of the Ancient Sages
"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."
"All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else."
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."
"A jug fills drop by drop."
"He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye."
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned."
"To keep the body in good health is a duty...
otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."
"There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills."
"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."
"Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule."
"The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed."
"However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?"
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