40 Rare Kathasaritsagara Quotes [Indian Fairy Tales and Folk Tales Quotes]

Kathasaritsagara Quotes

We at Info Inspired have compiled forty rare Kathasaritsagara quotes. I think it’s the first attempt on the web in it kinds to introduce some of the jewels from Kathasaritsagara,  the collection of Indian fairy tales, folk tales and Indian legends. Kathasaritsagara takes you through captivating fairy tales of Kings, Queens, ancient kingdoms, Hindu myths etc.

Kathasaritsagara is said to be derived from Brihatkatha which is an ancient Indian epic written in poor Paishachi language by Gunadhya. Kathasaritsagara, the 11th century Ocean of the Streams of Stories is written in Sanskrit by Somadeva and may not necessarily be same as Brihatkatha.

Brihatkatha is long lost and the available versions are Brihatkathamanjari by Kshemendra and the Kathasaritsagara by Somadeva.

Rare Kathasaritsagara Quotes

The word Kathasaritsagara means, Ocean of the Streams of Stories.

  1. “If men are addicted to righteousness, and do not, even in emergencies, desert their principles, even the gods protect them and cause them to attain their objects.”
  2. “Providence gives to every one in accordance with his or her character.”
  3. “For it is better to live for one moment, bound by the bonds of righteousness, than to live unrighteously for hundreds of crores of kalpas (immense period of time).”
  4. “For reliance upon the words of women destroys the discrimination even of the great.”
  5. “A man possesses firmness and discernment and morality, only so long as he does not come within the range of the arrows of Love.”
  6. “Every man chooses what is good or bad according to the measure of his own intellect.”
  7. “And a king, who is a hero in upholding religion, is preferred to a king, who is only a hero with the sword. A hero in religion will be the lord of a thousand heroes with the sword.”
  8. “Thus divine beings fall by virtue of a curse, and owing to the consequences of their own wickedness, are incarnate in the world of men, and after reaping the fruit appropriate to their bad conduct, they again go to their own home on account of previously acquired merit.”
  9. “So, fools, in the conceit of their folly, while they deny what need not be denied, reveal what it is their interest to suppress, in order to get themselves believed.”
  10. “Fortune ever replenishes the full man, as all the streams replenish the sea.”
  11. “Thus fools, with undiscerning hearts, turn things upside down, and ruin their own interests and those of other people.”
  12. “Though his sword was sharp, his rod of justice was not so.”
  13. “The sea, though deep, and broad, and full of great monsters, does not vie with this man, who is firm even in the shock of a mighty tempest.”
  14. “Men have various dispositions, for that king did not give at the proper season, but did give in the unseasonable hour of calamity.”
  15. ‘Even thus, queen, do great ones, after enduring separation, enjoy prosperity, and following the example of the sun, after suffering a decline, they rise again.”
  16. “When men are cursed by destiny, even the wealth they obtain departs.”
  17. “Wealth gives us religion and love, wealth gives us consideration and renown.”
  18. “So a man who desires prosperity should not take pleasure in them, as their society is only to be gained by the wealthy, any more than in uninhabited woods to be crossed only with a caravan.”
  19. “The mind of woman is unstable.”
  20. ‘Thus you see that the appointed union of human beings certainly takes place in this world, though vast spaces intervene.”
  21. “A man who conquers wrath will not be subject to grief; and a man, who displays prudence, is never harmed. Even in the case of animals prudence produces success, not valour.”
  22. “Thus you see that a person who lets go common sense will be ruined, like the tortoise that let go the stick.”
  23. “So you see that a deed done with an unrighteous mind is sure to bring calamity, therefore one should do it with a righteous mind.”
  24. “Foolish persons become the objects of ridicule in the world, and do not succeed in their objects; but wise persons are honoured.”
  25. “We should not direct our thoughts to excessive hoarding.”
  26. “A wise man should not recklessly tell secrets to women.”
  27. “A friend, that shews his friendship by ceremonious entertainment only, is a different thing from a real friend; though oil and ghee both possess the property of oiliness, oil is oil, and ghee is ghee.”
  28. “In this world fools will not even do a part of a task to the best of their power, if they are not able to complete it altogether.”
  29. “Thus foolish people make self-contradictory statements with regard to others.”
  30. “Fools do not know their own faults, though they are patent to all men.”
  31. “Thus men, whose minds are blinded with wealth, fling away much to gain little.”
  32. “Thus foolish people, who do not reflect, are deceived by false suppositions, and become the source of laughter to their enemies, and of sorrow to their friends.”
  33. “Women, who associate with witches, fall into evil courses, but they are restrained and saved by the advice of the old.”
  34. “Good people spare even a thief, though ordinarily he ought not to be spared, if they find that he is a benefactor.”
  35. “The fact is a man who, while ignorant, thinks himself wise, and rushes impetuously at any business, is ruined.”
  36. “Fools, following the advice of other fools, lose this world and the next. Accordingly a wise man should not serve fools: he should serve wise men. Discontent also does harm.”
  37. “A fool, who attends only to the words of an order and does not understand the meaning, causes detriment.”
  38. “A wise person should place no confidence in a wicked person. How can he, who confides in a wicked person or a black cobra, enjoy prosperity?”
  39. “An action, useful in itself, if done contrary to rule, has bad effects.”
  40. “Wisdom accomplishes the impossible.”


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