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Great Quotes of Samrat Ashoka
1. No society can prosper if it aims at making things easier-instead it should aim at making people stronger.
2. Let all listen, and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others.
3. It is forbidden to decry other sects; the true believer gives honor to whatever in them is worthy of honor.
4. When an unconquered country is conquered, people are killed... . That the beloved of the Gods finds very pitiful and grievous. ... If anyone does him wrong, it will be forgiven as far as it can be forgiven... . The beloved of the Gods considers that the greatest of all victories is the victory of righteousness.
5. He who does reverence to his own sect, while disparaging the sects of others with intent to enhance the glory of his own sect, by such conduct inflicts the severest injury on his own sect.
6. May the partisans of all doctrines in all countries unite and live in a common fellowship. For all alike profess mastery to be attained over oneself and purity of the heart.
7. No conquest is worth anything, for conquest does violence to righteousness.
8. Whoever praises his own sect or disparages another sect wholly out of devotion to his own sect, injures the fundamentals of the order.
9. All men are my children, and just as I desire for my children that they should obtain welfare and happiness both in this world and the next, the same I desire for all men.
10. The practice of righteousness is better than all else.
11. One should not honor only one's own religion and condemn the religions of others, but one should honor others' religions for this or that reason.
12. The practice of self-control and impartial protection of all religions, love of truth, and obedience to moral laws are most meritorious.
13. The greatest of all victories is the victory over oneself.
14. I have enforced the law against killing certain animals and many others, but the greatest progress of righteousness among men comes from the exhortation in favor of non-injury to life and abstention from killing living beings.
15. Every religion has the wholesome core of love, compassion and good will. The outer shell differs, but give importance to the inner essence and there will be no quarrel. Don’t condemn anything, give importance to the essence of every religion and there will be real peace and harmony.
16. One should not honor only one’s own religion and condemn other religions.
17. The most noble victory is that of love, it wins the hearts forever.
18. Father and mother should be respected and so should elders, kindness to living beings should be made strong and the truth should be spoken.