31 Beautiful Quotes on Virtue and Excellence

Compiled by London Swaminathan

 

Post No. 1834; Dated 28 April 2015.

 

Uploaded at London time  16-37

Calendar of Golden Sayings, May 2015

Important Days: May 1- May Day, May 4 & 25 Bank Holidays (UK),

5- Sri Annamacharya Jayanthi, 13: Sri Dattareya Jayanthi, Hanuman Jayanthi, Auspicious days: May 1, 6, 8, 10, 14, 15, 20, 22, 29

 

Ekathasi- May 14, 29; Amavasya – May 17; Pournami-  May 3 Chitra pournami

 

 

May 1 Friday

Of what use is beauty sans virtue. – Subhasitaratnabhandagara-3-260

Agunasya hatam ruupam

 

May 2 Saturday

 

It is impossible to recognise virtue. — Kahavatratnakar p29

Asakyaiva gunajnataa

 

May 3 Sunday

Virtues reside in the forthright.—Granthasthagathagaku

Rjuhrdayamadhivasanti gunaah

 

 

May 4 Monday

The lotus stem is high according to water depth. A man’s merit is the measure of his mental strength -Tirukkural in Tamil, couplet 595

 

May 5 Tuesday

Difficult to find one endowed with all virtues. —  Carudatta 2

Ekasmin durlabho guna vibhavah

 

May 6 Wednesday

Will the wicked ever have an inkling of what virtue is?

Kim jaanaatyaguno gunam

 

 

May 7 Thursday

There is not a single soul in whom all good qualities come together  –Hanumannataka 9

Kva nu punasvekatra sarve gnaah

 

May 8 Friday

All thought should be the thought of rising high though it fails; your aspirations keep you on higher plane -Tirukkural, couplet 596

 

May 9 Saturday

Goodness is the ornament of beauty. – Canakyaniti 3-4

Guno bhuusayate ruupam

 

 

May 10 Sunday

Virtues and wealth are hard to come by. Mrccakatika 2

Durlabhaa gunaa vibhavaasca

 

 

May 11 Monday

Can vices ever stir men whose hearts are stolen by virtues  –Subhasitavali

Dosaah kim naama kurvanti gunaapahrtaccetasah

 

 

May 12 Tuesday

The merits, even of foes are acceptable, and the demerits, even of friends, are contemptible.

Dvisatopi gunaah kaamyaah suhrdopi na durgunaah

 

 

May 13 Wednesday

The many merits of the virtuous do not get diminished by his silence.

Na maunena nyuuno  bhavanti gunabhaajaam gunagana

 

May 14 Thursday

Though wounded with arrows, the elephant stands firm in his greatness; he who has spirit never loses heart when he fails-Tirukkural in Tamil, couplet 597

 

 

May 15 Friday

The merit which destroys capability is no merit. –Hitopadesa

Na yogyataahaaryamapeksate gunam

Rarely does one find a person endowed with all good qualities

 

 

Ananthapura Lake Temple

May 16 Saturday

Good looks glow not without goodness.  Jatakamala

Na ruupasobhaa ramate vinaa hunaih

 

 

May 17 Sunday

A man’s deeds are the touchstone of his greatness and littleness —Tirukkural in Tamil, couplet 505

 

 

May 18 Monday

There is neither happiness nor good fortune in self glorification  –2-2 Subhasitaratnabhandagara

Na sukham na ca saubhaagyam svayam svagunavarnane

 

 

May 19 Tuesday

Where does one find the virtuous, devoid of even a single blemish –

Brhatkathamanjari

Niskalankaah kva vaa gunaah

 

 

May 20 Wednesday

Virtues set foot everywhere — Raguvamsa 3-62

Padam hi sarvatra gunairnidhiiyate

 

 

Kanchi Paramacharya Swamiji (1894-1994)

May 21 Thursday

The excellence of merit depends on receptacle – Kiratarjuniya 3-18

Prakarsamaadhaaravasam gunaanaam

 

 

May 22 Friday

 

Why go after form when merits abound –Brhatkathamanjari 1-14-674

Prakarsasced gunesvasti kimaakaarapariiksayaa

 

May 23 Saturday

Do not despise men for their forms; there are men like the axle of pin of a big rolling car (charit) –Tirukkural in Tamil, couplet 667

May 24 Sunday

The creator is averse to bringing together a totality of positives in a single soul —  Kumarasambhava 3-28

Praayena saamaryavidhau gunaanaam paraanmukhi visvasrjah pravrttih

 

 

May 25 Monday

The noble attain fame by virtue of their virtues. What has birth got to do with it Pancatantra 1-94

Praakaasyam svagunodayena gunino gaccanti kim janmanaa

 

 

May 26 Tuesday

Everyone is respectable on the basis of some merit  – sisupalavadha 15-1

Sarva eva samaveksya kamapi gunameti puujyataam

 

 

May 27 Wednesday

The world abounds in prettiness; goodness indeed is rare -Kiratarjuniya 11-11

Sulabhaa ramyataa loke durlabham hi gunaarjanam

 

 

May 28 Thursday

 

Merits outlive death  –Karnabhara 1.s17

Hartesu dehesu gunaa dharante

 

 

May 29 Friday

Pure speech and noble associations are the hallmark of the virtuous

Sphitaa vaacah sataam sangha laksanam  hi gunaisinaam

May 30 Saturday

Not appearance, but morality indeed leads one to nobility .

Prayaanti gurutaam hi gunaa na caakrtih

 

 

May 31 Sunday

All merits do not accumulate in one person. — Subhasitavali 3 – 847

Naikatra sarvo gunasannipaatah

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