chanakya quotes

Chanakya (Est. 375 BC – 283 BC) was an ancient Indian guru (teacher) involved in rising of first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta Maurya. He was a royal advisor, philosopher, economist and jurist. Chanakya is also traditionally identified as Kautilya or Vishnugupta. He is known to be very clever and intelligent.

Chanakya is a well known philosopher not only in India but also worldwide. He is considered as the pioneer of political science and economics in India.

After being insulted by then Nanda king named Dhana Nanda in his assembly, he took an oath to dethrone Nandas and to destroy his empire. He decided to appoint a deserving and powerful king to the throne. He thereafter taught and trained a child name “Chandragupta” to let him grow as a strong candidate for throne against the Nandas.

It is because of his diplomatic policies and rightful decisions, that he succeeded in putting the foundation of Maurya empire. After dethroning the Nandas, he installs Chandragupta as the new king.

Chanakya is regarded as a great thinker and diplomat in India and as one of the earliest people who envisioned a united India (Akhand Bharat) spanning the entire subcontinent. His timeless vision on strategic issues is a matter of research.

He is credited as the author of Chanakya Niti (a collection of aphorisms) and Arthashastra, an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy. His policies and tactics are still practical and implementable in diplomatic world.

Chanakya Quotes

The enemy of my enemy is my friend
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
- Chanakya
Never settle for anything less than what you deserve
Never settle for anything less than what you deserve. It’s not pride, it’s self respect.
- Chanakya
There is no present and future of the lazy
There is no present and future of the lazy.
- Chanakya
No one can defeat a powerful mind.
No one can defeat a powerful mind.
- Chanakya
The poor wish for wealth, animals for the faculty of...
The poor wish for wealth, animals for the faculty of speech, men for heaven and godly persons for liberation.
- Chanakya
Before you start some work always ask yourselves three questions...
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.
- Chanakya
We should not fret for what is past...
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
You can win over a greedy person by offering money...
You can win over a greedy person 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.
- Chanakya
There are three gems upon this earth: food, water and pleasing words
There are three gems upon this earth: food, water and pleasing words. Fools consider pieces of rocks as gems.
- Chanakya
Learn from the mistakes of others
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.
- Chanakya
As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant try to save your soul
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
Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
- Chanakya
As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it
As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
- Chanakya
There is some self-interest behind every friendship
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a better truth.
- Chanakya
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
- Chanakya
Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others
Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.
- Chanakya
a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
- Chanakya
The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman
The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
- Chanakya
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
- Chanakya
One whose knowledge is confined to books and...
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
There is poison in the fang of the serpent...
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
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty...
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
- Chanakya
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
- Chanakya
God dwells not in the wooden, or stone or earthen idols.
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.
- Chanakya
People who work sincerely are the happiest
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
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.
- Chanakya
A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning...
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
Education beats the beauty and the youth
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
- Chanakya
Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first
A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
- Chanakya
Never share your secrets with anybody
Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
- Chanakya
one should discard attachment to be happy
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
Time perfects man as well as destroys them
Time perfects man as well as destroys them.
- Chanakya
the goodness of a person spreads in all directions
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
- Chanakya
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
- Chanakya