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BIDPAI (PILPAY)
Brahmin gymnosophist
(several cent. before Christ)

Honest men esteem and value nothing so much in this world as a real friend. Such a one is, as it were, another self.
      - [Friendship]

It has been the providence of nature to give this creature nine lives instead of one.
      - [Cats]

There are some who bear a grudge even to those that do them good.
      - A Religious Doctor (fable vi) [Grudges]

'Twas he that ranged the words at random flung,
  Pierced the fair pearls and them together strung.
      - Anvari Suhaili, (Eastwick's rendering)
        [Poetry : Wooing]

Honest men esteem and value nothing so much in this world as a real friend. Such a one is as it were another self, to whom we impart our most secret thoughts, who partakes of our joy, and comforts us in our affliction; add to this, that his company is an everlasting pleasure to us.
      - Choice of Friends (chap. iv) [Friendship]

We ought to do our neighbour all the good we can. If you do good, good will be done to you; but if you do evil, the same will be measured back to you again.
      - Dabschelim and Pilpay (chap. i) [Deeds]

That possession was the strongest tenure of the law.
      - The Cat and the Two Birds
         (chap. v, fable iv) [Possession]

It has been the providence of Nature to give this creature [the cat] nine lives instead of one.
      - The Greedy and Ambitious Cat (fable iii)
        [Cats]

He that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses.
      - The Ignorant Physician (fable viii)
        [Roses]

There was once, in a remote part of the East, a man who was altogether void of knowledge and experience, yet presumed to call himself a physician.
      - The Ignorant Physician (fable viii)
        [Physicians]

Men are used as they use others.
      - The King Who Became Just (fable ix)
        [Manipulation]

Guilty consciences always make people cowards.
      - The Prince and his Minister
         (chap. iii, fable iii) [Conscience]

Whoever . . . prefers the service of princes before his duty to his Creator, will be sure, early or late, to repent in vain.
      - The Prince and his Minister
         (chap. iii, fable iii) [Repentance]

What is bred in the bone will never come out of the flesh.
      - The Two Fishermen (fable xiv)
        [Breeding : Proverbs]

There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns.
      - The Two Travellers (chap. ii, fable vi)
        [Roses]

Wise men say that there are three sorts of persons who are wholly deprived of judgment,--they who are ambitious of preferments in the courts of princes; they who make use of poison to show their skill in curing it; and they who intrust women with their secrets.
      - The Two Travellers (chap. ii, fable vi)
        [Judgment]


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