|The Mahabharata, Vol. 8|
Translated by Bibek Debroy
[Unabridged English translation of the
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute's
Critical Edition of the Mahabharata]
- "There cannot be a treasury without oppression and without it, how is it possible to have an army?"
- "When a kingdom goes into decline, the life of that king is one of shame."
- "There is no livelihood that exists without violence. Even a solitary sage, active and roaming in the forest, cannot manage to do that."
- "What is said about dharma is true - it does not exist where there are no riches."
- "Dharma is stained by jealousy. Artha is stained by secrecy. Kama is stained by excessive addiction."
- "The foundation of the body is dharma, and artha is based on dharma. Kama is said to be the fruit of artha."
- "Dharma must not be made to decline, but nor should one come under the subjugation of the enemy."
- "If the king's treasury is exhausted, his army will decline."
- "It is rare to find a petitioner who is satisfied with what he has got."
- "It is rarer to find a person who does not disrespect a petitioner."
- "There is nothing that is as emaciated as hope."
- "The dharma of kshatriyas is special. ... All the other dharmas are immersed in this dharma."
- "Dharma of vaishyas - donations, studying, the performance of sacrifices, and the accumulation of wealth."
- "If one is destroyed, one can perform no act of dharma."