It is better to have only one son from whom the whole family can derive support and peacefulness.

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For want of discernment the most precious jewels lie in the dust at the feet of men while bits of glass are worn on their heads. But we should not imagine that the gems have sunk in value, and the bits of glass have risen in importance. When a person of critical judgement shall appear, each will be given its right position.

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Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.

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Give up a member to save a family, a family to save a village, a village to save a country, and the country to save yourself.

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The hearts of base men burn before the fire of other's fame, and they slander them being themselves unable to rise to such a high position.

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Accumulated wealth is saved by spending just as incoming fresh water is saved by letting out stagnant water.

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Fish, tortoises, and birds bring up their young by means of sight, attention and touch; so do saintly men afford protection to their associates by the same means.

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We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only with the present moment.

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A man who encounters the following three is unfortunate; the death of his wife in his old age, the entrusting of money into the hands of relatives, and depending upon others for food.

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A woman does not become holy by offering by charity, by observing hundreds of fasts, or by sipping sacred water, as by sipping the water used to wash her husbands feet.

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