37 Chanakya Quotes on motivation, success, leadership, politics and education


Chanakya was an acient Indian philosopher, economist, teacher and royal advisor. Chanakya's quotes on life, politics, education can guide your life in the right direction.

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Chanakya Quotes on motivation, success, leadership, politics and education

  1. "Once you start working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest."
  2. "A man is great by deeds, not by birth."
  3. "Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous."
  4. "He who is overly attached to his family member's experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy."
  5. "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."
  6. "Do not reveal what you have thought of doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution."
  7. "Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself."
  8. "The fragrance of flowers spread only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction."
  9. "A person should not be to honest. Straight trees are cut first and the honest people are screwed first."
  10. "Time perfects men as well as destroys them."
  11. "Wealth, a friend, a wife and a kingdom may be regained, but this body when lost may never be acquired again."
  12. "There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth."
  13. "The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a women."
  14. "Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions: Why I am 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."
  15. "As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it." 
  16. "The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you."
  17. "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."
  18. "Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune."
  19. "Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth."
  20. "Books are useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person."
  21. "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 everyday of one's life."
  22. "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."
  23. "There are three gems upon this earth: food, water and pleasing words. Fools consider pieces of rocks as gems."
  24. "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."
  25. "Once a man's ambition is kindled, nothing can stop him. For a business man, no country can be too far. For a wise man, there is no such thing as foreign land. He is at home wherever he goes."
  26. "No one can defeat a powerful mind."
  27. "Never set for anything less than what  you deserve. It's not pride, it's self respect."
  28. "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."
  29. "As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does  a rascal son destroy a whole family."
  30. "The poor wish for wealth, animals for the faculty of speech, men for heaven and godly person for liberation." 
  31. "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."
  32. "The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability."
  33. "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?"
  34. "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."
  35. "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."
  36. "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."
  37. "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."
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