"He, truly, is supreme
Who would conquer himself alone,
Rather than he who would conquer in battle
A thousand, thousand men." [v. 103]1a
"And should one live a hundred years
Not seeing 'the rise and demise';
Better still is one day lived
Of one seing 'the rise and demise.'" [v.
" . . . Of death all are afraid.
Having made oneself the example,
One should neither slay nor cause to slay." [v. 129]1c
" . . . Misery is birth again and
again." [v. 153]1d
"The wrong done by oneself
Is born of oneself, is produced in oneself.
It grinds one deficient in wisdom
As a diamond grinds a rock-gem." [v. 161]1e
"This world has become blinded,
as it were.
Few here see insightfully. . . " [v. 174]1f
"Misery, the arising of misery,
And the transcending of misery,
The Noble Eightfold Path
Leading to the allaying of misery." [v. 191]1g
" . . . Bad qualities indeed are
In this world and in that beyond.
More staining than that stain
Is ignorance, the worst of stains. . . " [vv. 242-243]1h
"Life is easily lived
By a shameless one,
A disparager, crafty as a crow,
An obtruder, impudent and corrupt."
"No sons there are for protection,
Neither father nor even relations,
For one seized by the End-Maker;
Among relations there is no protection." [v.
"The one who speaks lies,
goes to hell . . . " [v. 306]1k
" . . . The majority, indeed, are of poor
virtue." [v. 320]1l
" . . . Come, see that person,
Who, released, runs back to bondage itself." [v.
1 Buddha (c.563-c.483
Dhammapada. Translated with an Introduction and Notes
by John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana. John Ross Carter and
Mahinda Palihawadana, 2000. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press,
a Chapter VIII. The Thousands, v. 103, at 20.
b Chapter VIII. The Thousands, v. 113, at 21.
c Chapter X. The Rod, v. 129, at 25.
d Chapter XI. Old Age, v. 153, at 29.
e Chapter XII. The Self, v. 161, at 30.
f Chapter XIII. The World, v. 174, at 33.
g Chapter XIV. The Awakened One, v. 191, at 35.
h Chapter XVIII. Stains, vv. 242-243, at 44.
i Chapter XVIII. Stains, v. 244, at 44.
j Chapter XX. The Path, v. 288, at 51.
k Chapter XXII. Hell, v. 306, at 55.
l Chapter XXIII. The Elephant, v. 320, at 57.
m Chapter XXIV. Craving, v. 344, at 60.