Words of the Buddha
- THE THOUSANDS
From: The Buddha's Way of Virtue, by W.D.C Wagiswara
and K.J. Saunders, 
100. Better than a thousand empty words is
one pregnant word, which brings the hearer peace.
101. Better than a thousand idle songs is a
single song, which brings the hearer peace.
102. Better it is to chant one verse of the law,
that brings the hearer peace, than to chant a
hundred empty songs.
103. If one were to conquer a thousand thousand
in the battlehe who conquers self is the greatest warrior.
104, 105. Self-conquest is better than other
victories: neither god nor demi-god, neither
Mara nor Brahma, can undo the victory of such
a one, who is self-controlled and always calm.
106. If month by month throughout a hundred years
one were to offer sacrifices costing thousands,
and if for a moment another were to reverence the self-controlledthis is the better worship.
107. If one for a hundred years tended the
sacred fire in the glade, and another for a
moment reverenced the self-controlled, this
is the better worship.
108. Whatsoever sacrifice or offering a man makes
for a full year in hope of benefits, all is not
worth a quarter of that better offeringreverence
to the upright.
109. In him who is trained in constant courtesy
and reverence to the old, four qualities increase:
length of days, beauty, gladness, and strength.
110. Better than a hundred years of impure and
intemperate existence is a single day of moral,
111. Better is one day of wise and contemplative
life than a thousand years of folly and intemperance.
112. Better one day of earnest energy than a
hundred years of sloth and lassitude.
113. Better one day of insight into the fleeting
nature of the things of sense, than a hundred
years of blindness to this transiency.
114. Better one day of insight into the deathless
state (Nirvāna), than a hundred years of blindness
to this immortality.
115. Better one day of insight into the Supreme Law,
than a hundred years of blindness to that Law.
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