mind is the forerunner of states…

from the Dhammapada

1. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.

2. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow

a bit of paraphrasing was done in this version:

Mind is the forerunner of states.
Mind is chief.
Mind made are they.
If a man speaks or acts with a good mind
Happiness follows
Even as the wheel follows the hoof.

Mind is the forerunner of states.
Mind is chief.
Mind made are they.
If a man speaks or acts with a bad mind
Misery follows
Like a shadow that never leaves.

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