A neighbour near is better than a brother far away.
Adopt the pace of nature. The nature secret is patience.
All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
All our business in life is with doing, enjoyment and suffering come by themselves.
Believe what you see and lay aside what you hear.
Character is not ready made, but it is created bit by bit and day by day.
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, argument an exchange of ignorance.
Dishonest men conceal their faults from themselves as well as from others. Honest men know their faults and confess them.
Do not offer advice which has not been seasoned by your own performance.
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
Do not tell secrets in front of servants.
Do you know what a pessimist is? A man who thinks everybody as nasty as himself and hates them for it.
Doing easily what others find difficult is talent. Doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
Don’t be too sweet, lest you be eaten up. Don’t be too bitter, least you be spewed out.
Don’t play for safety. It is the most dangerous thing in the world.
Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
Each morning sees some task begun. Each evening sees it close. Something attempted, something done. Has earned a night’s repose.
Earth here is so kind, just tickle her with a hole and she laughs with a harvest.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self confidence.
Education is the ability to meet life’s situations.
Even God cannot change the past.
Every child ought to be more intelligent than his parents.
Fame is like a river, that floats up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
Great men never feel great, small men never feel small.
Greatness and goodness are not means but ends.
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.
Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs one step at a time.
Hate is the coward’s revenge for being humiliated.
Hate the sin and love the sinner.
Hatred is blind, as well as love.
Hatred is like fire, it makes even light rubbish deadly.
He is always right who suspects that he makes mistakes.
He who praises you for what you lack, Only wishes to take from you what you have.
He who thinks himself wise, O heavens is a great fool.
He who waits for a dead man’s shoes is in danger of going barefoot.
When a poor fool acquires riches he becomes a rich fool.
(excerpts from more lessons of life by Gyan C. Jain)
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