The Possession of Self
Self-control takes one to the gods; Want of it will push one into utter darkness. Guard self-control as a treasure; There is nothing more precious in life. Those who follow the wise path of self-restraint Are conferred with virtuous fame. More imposing than a mountain Is the stature of the steadfast and self-controlled. Humility is good for all But is an added richness to the rich. Like a tortoise, withdraw your five senses in one birth, To protect you in the next seven. Guard your tongue if nothing else; For words unguarded cause distress. A bitter word, even if said once, Can undo all the good intended. The wound caused by fire will heal within, But not the scar left by the tongue. Virtue waits for a timely entry on the path of one Who curbs wrath and learns self restraint.