Hitopadesa or The Hitopadesa or Hitopadesha

Hitopadesa or The Hitopadesa or Hitopadesha
12th Century

Collection of Hindu Writings, Fables and Verse, Independent Treatment of the Panchatantra, an Exposition on statecraft produced for young princes

Author Quotes

What, though thou wert rich and of high esteem, dost thou yield to sorrow because of thy loss of fortune?

Youth, abundant wealth, high birth, and inexperience, are, each of them, the source of ruin. What then must be the fate of him in whom all four are combined?

Whatever hath been well consulted and well resolved, whether it be to fight well or to run away well, should be carried into execution in due season, without any further examination.

Whatever is the natural propensity of a person is hard to overcome. If a dog were made a king, he would still gnaw at his shoe's laces.

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

When a man is in indigence, picking herbs is his philosophy; the enjoyment of his wife his only commerce, and vassalage his food.

When a wise man findeth an occasion, he may bear away his enemy upon his shoulder, as it were.

When pleasure is arrived, it is worthy of attention; when trouble presenteth itself, the same. Pain and pleasures have their revolutions like a wheel.

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

When the quality of bravery is near, a great man’s terrors are at a distance. In the hour of misfortune such a great man overcometh bravery.

Where have they who are running here and there in search of riches such happiness as those placid spirits enjoy who are gratified at the immortal fountain of happiness?

Where there is a splashing of dirt, it is good not to meddle and to keep far away.

Whether a child, or an old man, or a youth, be come to thy house, he is to be treated with respect; for of all men, thy guest is the superior.

Whilst a man confideth in Providence, he should not slacken his own exertions; for without labor he is unworthy to obtain the oil from the seed.

Who is a stranger to those who have the habit of speaking kindly.

Without enjoyment, the wealth of the miser is the same to him as if it were another’s. But when it is said of a man “he hath so much,” it is with difficulty he can be induced to part with it.

What, is any one, simply by birth, to be punished or applauded?

Work, go, fall, rise, speak, be silent! In this manner do the rich sport with those needy men, who are held by the grip of dependence.

Even a blockhead may respect inspire, So long as he is suitably attired; A fool may gain esteem among the wise, So long as he has sense to hold his tongue.

He is a wise man who knoweth that his words should be suited to the occasion, his love to the worthiness of the object, and his anger according to his strength.

I esteem that wealth which is given to the worthy, and which is day by day enjoyed; the rest is a reserve for one knoweth not whom.

It is a virtue in hermits to forgive their enemies as well as their friends; but it is a fault in princes to show clemency towards those who are guilty.

Learning is better than hidden treasure.

No one is by nature noble, respected of any one, nor a wretch. His own actions conduct him either to wretchedness or to the reverse.

Riches in their acquisition bring pain and suffering, in their loss manifold trouble and sorrow, in their possession a wild intoxication. How can we say that they confer happiness?

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Hitopadesa or The Hitopadesa or Hitopadesha
Birth Date
12th Century

Collection of Hindu Writings, Fables and Verse, Independent Treatment of the Panchatantra, an Exposition on statecraft produced for young princes