Chanakya Quotes

Chanakya Niti / Chanakya Quotes

Chanakya was an ancient Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist, and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kautilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra, a text dated to roughly between the 3rd century BCE and the 3rd century CE. As such, he is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India, and his work is thought of as an important precursor to classical economics. His works were lost near the end of the Gupta Empire in the 6th century CE and were not rediscovered until the early 20th century.

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  1. Wise men should never go into a country where there are no means of earning one’s livelihood, where the people have no dread of anybody, have no sense of shame, no intelligence, or a charitable disposition.
  2. The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sunshine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.
  3. Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown-up children are your best friends.
  4. A rich man has many friends.
  5. An egoist can be won over by being respected, a crazy person can be won over by allowing him to behave in an insane manner and a wise person can be won over by the truth.
  6. A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
  7. A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning as a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does, and pleases him like a prostitute at night.
  8. Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
  9. As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant, try to save your soul; when death is immanent what can you do?
  10. It is better to die than to preserve this life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life causes but a moment’s grief, but disgrace brings grief every day of one’s life.
  11. As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
  12. Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions: Why am I doing it? What might the results be? And Will I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
  13. Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
  14. God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
  15. The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
  16. The four greatest enemies of a man are – the father who has taken a loan, the characterless mother, the beautiful but promiscuous wife, and the stupid child.
  17. Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
  18. One who is in search of knowledge should give up the search of pleasure and the one who is in search of pleasure should give up the search of knowledge.
  19. If you get to learn something even from the worst of creatures, don’t hesitate.
  20. Jealousy is another name for failure.
  21. Wise man! Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.
  22. He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is the attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
  23. As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
  24. A man is born alone and dies alone; he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
  25. A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
  26. A woman is four times as shy, six times as brave, and eight times as lusty as a man.
  27. As centesimal droppings will fill a pot so also are knowledge, virtue, and wealth gradually obtained.
  28. He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious, whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.
  29. Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher of poison with milk on top.
  30. Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
  31. The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. If you cannot keep a secret with you, do not expect that others will keep it. It will destroy you.
  32. Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
  33. Whores don’t live in the company of poor men, birds don’t build nests on a tree that doesn’t bear fruits and citizens never support a weak administration.
  34. In a state where the ruler lives like a common man, the citizens live as kings do. And in the state where the ruler lives like a king, the citizens live as beggars do.
  35. Never go on a long journey alone.
  36. Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
  37. There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
  38. The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
  39. The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
  40. One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.
  41. Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
  42. The biggest guru-mantra is “Never share your secrets with anybody”. It will destroy you. If you cannot keep your secrets with you then how can you trust others to keep them secret?

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