Ashoka Quotes

No society can prosper if it aims at making things easier-instead it should aim at making people stronger.

It is forbidden to decry other sects; the true believer gives honour to whatever in them is worthy of honour.

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.

Let all listen, and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others.

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.

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.

All men are my children. What I desire for my own children, and I desire their welfare and happiness both in this world and the next, that I desire for all men. You do not understand to what extent I desire this, and if some of you do understand, you do not understand the full extent of my desire.

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.

Ashoka Quotes

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