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English translation of
Holy Dhammapada
English translation by Acharya Buddharakkhita
taken from http://www.cstone.net/~maxwell/Dhmpada.htm

The Thousands

102
Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word, hearing which one attains peace.

103
Better than a thousand useless verses is one useful verse, hearing which one attains peace.

104
Better than reciting a hundred meaningless verses is the reciting of one verse of Dhamma, hearing which one attains peace.

105
Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand people in battle, yet one indeed is the noblest victor who conquers oneself.

106
Self-conquest is far better than the conquest of others. Not even a god, an angel, Mara or Brahma can turn into defeat the victory of such a person who is self-subdued and ever restrained in conduct.

107
Though month after month for a hundred years one should offer sacrifices by the thousands, yet if only for a moment one should worship those of developed mind, that honour is indeed better than a century of sacrifice.

108
Though for a hundred years one should tend the sacrificial fire in the forest, yet if only for a moment one should worship those of developed mind, that worship is indeed better than a century of sacrifice.

109
Whatever gifts and oblations one seeking merit might offer in this world for a whole year, all that is not worth one fourth of the merit gained by revering the Upright Ones, which is truly excellent.

Continued...

110
To one ever eager to revere and serve the elders, these four blessings accrue: long life and beauty, happiness and power.

111
Better it is to live one day virtuous and meditative than to live a hundred years immoral and uncontrolled.

112
Better it is to live one day wise and meditative than to live a hundred years foolish and uncontrolled.

113
Better it is to live one day strenuous and resolute than to live a hundred years sluggish and dissipated.

114
Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.

115
Better it is to live one day seeing the Deathless than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the Deathless.

116
Better it is to live one day seeing the Supreme Truth than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the Supreme Truth.

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