40 Powerful Chanakya Quotes & Life Lessons To Stay Ahead
Chanakya was an illustrious Indian jurist, philosopher, teacher, royal adviser and economist. He is recognised as the author of ancient Indian political treatise, ‘The Arthashastra’ and was traditionally called ‘Vishnugupta’ or ‘Kautilya’. His works, thoughts and writings are considered to be an important precursor to classical economics and he is regarded as the trailblazer of political science and economics in India. His thoughts, writings and works were rediscovered in early twentieth century as they were lost near the end of the ‘Gupta Empire’. He played an eminent role in the establishment of the ‘Mauryan Empire’. We have rounded some thoughts, opinions, experiences and viewpoints shared by the distinguished philosopher on politics, power, alone, truth, friendship, bitter, adversity, failure, happiness, feelings, God, wise, grief, peace, spiritual, relationship and more. Read through the quotable quotes and sayings by Chanakya which have been extracted from his works, writings, thoughts, philosophies and teachings.
As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it. A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first. 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. 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 Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness. 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. Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution. 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. 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. Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation? 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. The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions. 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? 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. 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. The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability. 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. As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family. 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. 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 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. 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. God doesn't dwell in the wooden, stony or earthen idols. His abode is in our feelings, our thoughts. The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman. Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune. 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. There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
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.
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.
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.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous. The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.