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Earn knowledge and wealth by hard honest labor – Popular Verses from Hindu Tradition

Lakshmi, or the goddess of Fortune, comes only to the industrious lion among men; it is only weaklings that say that we have to take what fate brings unto us; forsake this dependence on fate and express your manliness through the strength of self-reliance; what harm is there if no results come after you put forth your endeavor?

It is, verily, only through industriousness that we accomplish what are to be achieved, not through vain daydreaming; no deer is going to (oblige a lion and) enter into its mouth while (it is lazily) asleep!