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Have you heard about Chanakya and Chanakya quotes? He is the one of the most popular persons in the Indian Continent. Chanakya was a philosopher, jurist, teacher and economist who was also popular with name Kautilya and Vishnugupta.

As a royal adviser of Chandragupta Maurya, He has a great influence in the every sectors of the Maurya Empire. Till today, he is very well known person for quotes and Chanakya Niti(Rules). Learn more about Chanakya from Wikipedia.

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Quotes by Chanakya

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

Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.

Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.

The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.

A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.

Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.

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.

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.

As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.

The hearts of base men burn before the fire of other's fame, and they slander them being themselves unable to rise to such a high position.

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.

The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.

A woman does not become holy by offering by charity, by observing hundreds of fasts, or by sipping sacred water, as by sipping the water used to wash her husbands feet.

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.

Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.

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.

Once a man’ ambition is kindled, nothing can stop him. For a businessman, no country can be too far. For a wise man, there is no such thing as a foreign land. He is at home wherever he goes.

Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.

An educated person is respected everywhere

Those born blind cannot see; similarly blind are those in the grip of lust. Proud men have no perception of evil; and those bent on acquiring riches see no sin in their actions.

God dwells not in the wooden, or stone or earthen idols. His abode is in our feeling, our thoughts. It is only through the feeling that we deem God existing in these idols.

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.

He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.

Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife is misfortune.

A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

There is no disease (so destructive) as lust; no enemy like infatuation; no fire like wrath; and no happiness like spiritual knowledge.

That man who is without religion and mercy should be rejected. A guru without spiritual knowledge should be rejected. The wife with an offensive face should be given up and so should relatives who are without affection.

Just as a mirror reflects as a man's face his personality is reflected in his choice of friends. One must always be careful in forming friendships and acquaintances, for one’s friends, are in a way, an extension of one’s inner inclinations and tendencies.

There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a better truth.

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?

God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your God. The soul is your temple.

Your feelings are your God

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.

Learn from the mistakes of others... you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.

You can win over a greedy greedy by offering money, a proud person by covering before him. You can win a foolish by agreeing with him and you can win a scholar by truth only.

For one whose heart melts with compassion for all creatures; what is the necessity of knowledge, liberation, matted hair on the head, and smearing the body with ashes.

Foolishness is indeed painful, and verily so is youth, but more painful by far than either is being obliged in another person's house.

Before you start some work always ask yourselves three questions why i am doing it, what the results might be and will be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.

There is no present and future of the lazy.

Chanakya quotes

No one can defeat a powerful mind.

Never settle for anything less than what you deserve. It’s not pride, it’s self respect.

One’s behavior will reveal which clan one has descended from. One’s speech will reveal one’s nationality. One’s respect for others reflects the measure of grace and love in one’s heart. One’s body mirrors the kind of food one consumes.

Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.

As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.

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.

One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others can use neither knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.

The king shall lose no time when the opportunity waited for arrives.

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.

Time perfects men as well as destroys them.

The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquility is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.

Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.

The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.

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.

Wealth, a friend, a wife, and a kingdom may be regained, but this body when lost may never be acquired again.

All the creatures are pleased by loving words; and therefore we should address words that are pleasing to all, for there is no lack of sweet words.

Drop the idea that attachment and love are one thing. They are enemies. It is attachment that destroys all love.

There are three gems upon this earth, food, water, and pleasing words — fools (mudhas) consider pieces of rocks as gems.

He who is prepared for the future and he who deals cleverly with any situation that may arise are both happy, but the fatalistic man who wholly depends on luck is ruined.

A learned man is honored by the people. A learned man commands respect everywhere for his learning. Indeed, learning is honored everywhere.

Accumulated wealth is saved by spending just as incoming fresh water is saved by letting out stagnant water.

Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others destroy themselves like serpents that stray onto anthills.

Generosity, pleasing address, courage and propriety of conduct are not acquired, but are inbred qualities.

We return evil for evil, in which there is no sin, for it is necessary to pay a wicked man in his own coin.

Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher full of poison with milk on top.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The testing time of the following are ; the wife when the money is gone, the friend in the time of need, the relatives in the times of crisis and the servants when they are assigned a mission. In such times they show their true faces.

As compared to males the females eat twice the amount of food, possess cleverness four times, display courage six times and exhibit lustful desires eight times.

One destitute of wealth is not destitute, he is indeed rich, but the man devoid of learning is destitute in every way.

Save your wealth against future calamity. Do not say, “what fear has a rich man of calamity?” Wealth sometimes vanishes away and large accumulations perish.

No messenger can travel about in the sky and no tidings come from there. The voice of its inhabitants as never heard, nor can any contact be established with them.

It is better to die than preserve life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life only pains a moment, but disgrace every day of one’s life.

There is no enemy like infatuation and fire like wrath.

If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation?

It is better to have only one son endowed with good qualities than a hundred devoid of them. For the moon though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, do not.

We have to make people soft who are hard, to attract those who are far, if they do bad for us then even considering our aim we should always love them.

It is better to be without a king than [to have] a bad one.

The man who is praised by others is regarded as worthy though he may be really void of all merit. But the man who sings his own praises becomes disgraced though he might be Indra, the possessor of all Excellencies.

It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom.

If you were to choose between an evil person and a snake to keep company with, opt for the snake. Because the snake will bite you only in self defense but the evil person will put a bite for any reason and any time or always.

Never reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.

There are only two ways of dealing with the evil persons or thorns. Crush them under your boot or stay far away from them.

Too much beauty got Sita kidnapped, too much ego got Ravana killed and too much charity got Raja Bali in deep trouble. So too much of anything is bad. One should refrain from ‘too much.

I consider almighty god above all so only I always propagate his true message of vedas.

Fate makes a beggar a king and a king a beggar. He makes a rich man poor and a poor man rich.

The enemy’s enemy is a friend.

If a king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. If he is reckless, they will not only be reckless likewise, but also eat into his works.

Charity puts and end to poverty; righteous conduct to misery; discretion to ignorance; and scrutiny to fear.

He who desires sense gratification must give up all thoughts of acquiring knowledge; and he who seeks knowledge must not hope for sense gratification.

He who is engrossed in family life will never acquire knowledge; there can be no mercy in the eater of flesh; the greedy man will not be truthful; and purity will not be found in a woman a hunter.

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.

He who is not shy in the acquisition of wealth, grain and knowledge, and in taking his meals, will be happy.

Even a pandit comes to grief by giving instruction to a foolish disciple, by maintaining a wicked wife, and by excessive familiarity with the miserable.

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.

He who nurtures benevolence for all creatures within his heart overcomes all difficulties and will be the recipient of all types of riches at every step.

A man attains greatness by his merits, not simply by occupying an exalted seat. Can we call a crow an eagle (garuda) simply because he sits on the top of a tall building.

Sinfully acquired wealth may remain for ten years; in the eleventh year it disappears with even the original stock.

Eschew wicked company and associate with saintly persons. Acquire virtue day and night, and always meditate on that which is eternal forgetting that which is temporary.

We should always speak what would please the man of whom we expect a favour,like the hunter who sings sweetly when he desires to shoot a deer.

Even as the unborn babe is in the womb of his mother, these five are fixed as his life destiny: his life span, his activities, his acquisition of wealth and knowledge, and his time of death.

The man who remains a fool even in advanced age is really a fool, just as the Indra-Varuna fruit does not become sweet no matter how ripe it might become.

The cuckoos remain silent for a long time (for several seasons)until they are able to sing sweetly(in the Spring)so as to give joy to all.

We should not feel pride in our charity, austerity, valour, scriptural knowledge, modestyandmorality for the world is full of the rarest gems.

Poverty, disease, sorrow, imprisonment and other evils are the fruits borne by the tree of one’s own sins.

As a calf follows its mother among a thousand cows, so the (good or bad) deeds of a man follow him.

Who realises all the happiness he desires? Everything is in the hands of God. Therefore one should learn contentment.

He who forsakes his own community and joins another perishes as the king who embraces an unrighteous path.

Beauty is spoiled by an immoral nature; noble birth by bad conduct; learning, without being perfected; and wealth by not being properly utilised.

Time perfects all living beings as well as kills them; it alone is awake when all others are asleep. Time is insurmountable.

Learning is a friend on the journey; a wife in the house; medicine in sickness; and religious merit is the only friend after death.

Moral excellence is an ornament for personal beauty; righteous conduct, for high birth; success for learning; and proper spending for wealth.

When one is consumed by the sorrows of life, three things give him relief: offspring, a wife, and the company of the Lord’s devotees.

Our bodies are perishable, wealth is not at all permanent and death is always nearby. Therefore we must immediately engage in acts of merit.

What good can the scriptures do to a man who has no sense of his own? Of what use is as mirror to a blind man?

Low class men desire wealth; middle class men both wealth and respect; but the noble, honour only; hence honour is the noble man’s true wealth.

A thing may be dreaded as long as it has not overtaken you, but once it has come upon you, try to get rid of it without hesitation.

He who has wealth has friends and relations; he alone survives and is respected as a man.

She is a true wife who is clean (suci), expert, chaste, pleasing to the husband, and truthful.

The learned are envied by the foolish; rich men by the poor; chaste women by adulteresses; and beautiful ladies by ugly ones.

The power of a king lies in his mighty arms; that of a brahmana in his spiritual knowledge; and that of a woman in her beauty youth and sweet words.

He who gives up shyness in monetary dealings, in acquiring knowledge, in eating and in business, becomes happy.

By means of hearing one understands dharma, malignity vanishes, knowledge is acquired, and liberation from material bondage is gained.

Learning is like a cow of desire. It, like her, yields in all seasons. Like a mother, it feeds you on your journey. Therefore, learning is a hidden treasure.

He who runs away from a fearful calamity, a foreign invasion, a terrible famine, and the companionship of wicked men is safe.

The poor wish for wealth; animals for the faculty of speech; men wish for heaven; and godly persons for liberation.

Do not keep company with a fool for as we can see he is a two-legged beast. Like an unseen thorn he pierces the heart with his sharp words.

At the time of the pralaya (universal destruction) the oceans are to exceed their limits and seek to change, but a saintly man never changes.

A human being should strive for four things in life — dharma (duty), artha (money), kama (pleasure) and moksha (salvation). A person who hasn’t striven for even one of these things has wasted life.

Don't judge the future of a person based on his present conditions, because time has the power to change black coal to shiny diamond.

Virtuous persons and fruit-laden trees bow, but fools and dry sticks break because they do not bend.

The low minded are fond of deception the nature of low-minded people never changes.

Brass is polished by ashes; copper is cleaned by tamarind; a woman, by her menses; and a river by its flow.

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 truth.

Do not put your trust in a bad companion nor even trust an ordinary friend, for if he should get angry with you, he may bring all your secrets to light.

Knowledge is lost without putting it into practice; a man is lost due to ignorance; an army is lost without a commander; and a woman is lost without a husband.

Love is indicated by deeds (and not by words).

What vice could be worse than covetousness? What is more sinful than slander? For one who is truthful, what need is there for austerity? For one who has a clean heart, what is the need for pilgrimage?

Humbleness is at the root of sense control.

Victory over the senses (self-control) is the root of (stability of) state.

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