Control Yourself

Irrigators regulate the rivers;
fletchers straighten the arrow shaft;
carpenters shape the wood;
the wise control themselves.

Just as a solid rock
is not shaken by the storm,
even so the wise
are not affected by praise or blame.

On hearing the Teachings,
the wise become perfectly purified,
like a lake deep,
clear and still.

The good renounce (attachment for) everything.
The virtuous do not prattle with a yearning for pleasures.
The wise show no elation or depression
when touched by happiness or sorrow.

– The Buddha
(Dhammapada Verses 80-83)

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