One of the oldest Indian philosophers, thinker, political analyst and the author of Arthashstra, the books on Economics in the 2nd century, (Old India). He is known for his political and war strategies and critical thinking. He also is known as Kautilya. He lived his life in between 350-275 BCE.
If you want to become a highly successful person you should follow his thoughts. Even they’re from ancient India, they’re still relevant in today’s competitive society. There are thousands of quotes and verses, written by him available on the internet. Social media is filled with his quotes.
Just initiate a simple search query “Chanakya” and see how many results you will be presented on your screen. If you are a student, a business person, a critical thinker, investors, a politician, or anyone you are strongly advised to study this intelligent person from ancient India.
We’ve curated only the best of the quotes shared by him in one place. Here are the top 51 best quotes by Chanakya.
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- Learn from the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.
- A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
- As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
- 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.
- Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
- Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
- 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.
- Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
- You can win over a 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.
- No one can defeat a powerful mind.
- Never settle for anything less than what you deserve. It’s not pride, it’s self respect
- The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the directions of the wind. But, the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.
- A person not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
- The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
- Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
- Before you start some work always ask yourselves 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.
- A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
- Humbleness is at the root of self control.
- Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
- 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-hearten and strenuous effort.
- 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 world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
- There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
- Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
- The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 ant hills.
- 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 defence but the evil person will put a bite for any reason and any time or always.
- A learned man is honoured by the people. A learned man commands respect everywhere for his learning.
- There are only two ways of dealing with the evil persons or thorns. Crush them under your boot or stay far away from them.
- 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.
- 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.
- A person who cannot decide his goal, simply cannot win.
- The wealth earned by unjust means will perish for sure.
- Even if a gem be placed on the foot and a mirror on the head, Still, the gem will not lose its value.
- Do not inhabit a country where you are not respected, cannot earn your livelihood, have no friends, or cannot acquire knowledge.
- He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.
- 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.
- The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time, and ability.
- 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?
- The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A true son is obedient, a true father is loving, and a true friend is honest
- A guru who shows his disciple the path of righteousness leaves a huge debt. It cannot be paid back as none of the physical objects is so precious.
- One’s behaviour 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.