Dhammapada - Kodhavagga

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# Verse
221 Give up anger, abandon conceit, overcome all fetters. Ills of life (dukkha) do not befall one who does not cling to mind and body and is free from moral defilements.
222 He who restrains his rising anger as a skilful charioteer checks a speeding chariot, — him I call a true charioteer; other charioteers only hold the reins.
223 Conquer the angry one by not getting angry (i.e., by loving-kindness); conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.
224 One should speak the truth, one should not yield to anger, one should give when asked even if it is only a little. By means of these three, one may go to the world of the devas.
225 The arahats, who do not harm others and are always restrained in their actions, go to the deathless Nibbana, where there is no sorrow.
226 In those who are ever vigilant, who by day and by night train themselves in the three sikkhas (i.e., sila, samadhi and panna), and who have their mind directed towards Nibbana, moral intoxicants become extinct.
227 It is not new, O Atula! It has always been done from ancient times. They blame one who is silent, they blame one who speaks much, they blame one who speaks little. There is no one in this world who is not blamed.
228 There never has been, there never will be, nor is there now, anyone who is always blamed or always praised.
229 If the wise praise him day after day, knowing him to be truly faultless, wise and endowed with knowledge and virtue, who would blame him, who is like a nikkha of pure gold? The devas praise him; he is praised even by the great Brahmas.
231 Guard against evil deeds, control your body. Giving up evil deeds, cultivate good deeds.
232 Guard against evil speech, control your speech. Giving up evil speech, cultivate good speech.
233 Guard against evil thoughts, control your mind. Giving up evil thoughts, cultivate good thoughts.
234 The wise are controlled in deed, they are controlled in speech, they are controlled in thought. Indeed, they are perfectly self-controlled.

The Dhammapada: Verses and Stories
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