Buddhism in Eyes of Intellectuals

The Five Precepts
“These five precepts, indicate five arterial directions in which the Buddhist self-control is to be exercised.  Thus, the first rule calls upon him to control the passion of anger, the second, the desire for material possessions, the third, the lust of the flesh, the fourth, cowardice and malevolence (the causes of untruthfulness) the fifth, the craving for unwholesome excitement.”   
Edmond Holmes, "The Creed of Buddha"