Dhammapada Chapter 8

The Thousands
100 Even though a speech be a thousand words, but made up of senseless words, one word of sense is better, which if a man hears, he becomes quiet.
101 Even though a gatha* be a thousand words, but made up of senseless words, one word of a gatha is better, which if a man hears, he becomes quiet.
102 Though a man recite a hundred gathas made up of senseless words, one word of the True Law is better, which if a man hears, he becomes quiet.
103 If one man conquer in battle a thousand times thousand men, and if another conquer himself, he is the greatest of conquerors.

104, 105 One’s own self conquered is better than all other people; not even a celestial being, a Gandharva, no amount of powerful beings could change into defeat the victory of a man who has vanquished himself, and always lives under restraint.
106 If a man for a hundred years sacrifice month after month with a thousand, and if he but for one moment pay homage to a man whose soul is grounded in true knowledge, better is that homage than sacrifice for a hundred years.
107 If a man for a hundred years offer sacrifices to God in the forest, and if he but for one moment pay homage to a man whose soul is grounded in true knowledge, better is that homage than sacrifice for a hundred years.
108 Whatever a man sacrifice in this world as an offering or as an oblation for a whole year in order to gain merit, the whole of it is not worth a quarter the smallest coin; reverence shown to the righteous is better.
109 He who always greets and constantly reveres the aged, four things will increase to him, that is: life, beauty, happiness, power.
110 But he who lives a hundred years, vicious and unrestrained, a life of one day is better if a man is virtuous and reflecting.
111 And he who lives a hundred years, ignorant and unrestrained, a life of one day is better if a man is wise and reflecting.
112 And he who lives a hundred years, idle and weak, a life of one day is better if a man has attained firm strength.
113 And he who lives a hundred years, not seeing beginning and end, a life of one day is better if a man sees beginning and end.
114 And he who lives a hundred years, not seeing the immortal place, a life of one day is better if a man sees the immortal place.
115 And he who lives a hundred years, not seeing the highest law, a life of one day is better if a man sees the Highest Law.
* sacred poem

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