Quotations by Chanakya

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Born: Sunday, December 31, 1899
Profession: Politician
Nationality: Indian


A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does and pleases him like a prostitute in the night.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Mother, Sister, Wife, Husband, Day, Night)

A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Consequences, Hell, Karma, Man)

A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Deeds, Man)

A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: People, First, Trees)

As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Family, Son, Causes)

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?
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Death, Soul, Control, Body)

As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Fear)

Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Work, Successful, Answers, Questions, Results, Will)

Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Blind, Books)

Do not be very upright in your dealings for you would see by going to the forest that straight trees are cut down while crooked ones are left standing.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Trees)

Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Thought, Being, Execution)

Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Beauty, Education, Friend, Youth)

Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
- Chanakya

God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: God, Soul, Feelings, Temple, Idols, Present)

He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Family, Fear, Grief, Sorrow)

He who lives in our mind is near though he may actually be far away; but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Heart, May, Mind)

If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation?
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Virtue, Fame, Man, Value)

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.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Life, Causes, Day, Disgrace, Grief, Loss)

Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Happiness, People, Friends, Will)

O 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.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Wealth, Clouds, Sea, Water)

Once you start a working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Work, People, Failure)

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.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Knowledge, Wealth, Books, Possession)

Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Heart, Mind, Purity, Senses, Speech)

Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Wife, Friend, Adversity, Difficulty, Duty, Misfortune)

The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Secrets, Will)

The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Power, Truth, Earth, Rest, Sun)

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Direction, Flowers, Goodness, Wind)

The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Happiness, Peace, Spiritual)

The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the tail of a dog which neither covers its rear end, nor protects it from the bites of insects.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Life, End, Insects, Man)

The one excellent thing that can be learned from a lion is that whatever a man intends doing should be done by him with a whole-hearted and strenuous effort.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Effort, Man)

The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: People, Sleep)

The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Time, Knowledge, Purpose, Ability, Man, Senses)

The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Beauty, Power, Woman, World, Youth)

There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Contentment, Covetousness, Disease, Mercy, Mind)

There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Man, Poison)

There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Friendship, Truth, Self)

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.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Time, Friend, Children, First, Friends, Years)

We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only with the present moment.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Men, Future, Past, Present)

Whores don't live in company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don't build nests on a tree that doesn't bear fruits.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Men, Birds, Company, Poor, Support)







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