Selective Verses From Dhammapada
More than those who hate you, more than all your enemies, an undisciplined mind does greater harm.
More than your mother, more than your father, more than all your family, a well-disciplined mind does greater good.
Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do;
Give it to what you do or fail to do.
If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone.
There is no companionship with the immature.
“These are my sons. This is my wealth.” In this way the fool (immature) troubles himself. He is not even the owner of himself, how much less of his sons and of his wealth.
…a fool lives with a wise man, he never knows the path of wisdom
as the spoon never knows the taste of the soup.
…a man who watches …a wise man, he soon knows the path to wisdom
as the tongue knows the taste of the soup.
Be victorious over yourself and not over others. When you attain victory over yourself, not even the gods can turn it into defeat.
Before trying to guide others, be your own guide first. It is hard to learn to guide oneself.
Your own self is your master; who else could be? With yourself well controlled, you gain a master very hard to find.
Guard your thoughts, words, and deeds. These three disciplines will speed you along the path to pure wisdom.
(Selected from The Dhammapada, Translated by Eknath Easwaran, Nilgiri Press, 1985)