Facts about Chanakya

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Summary

Chanakya was a famous Politician from India, who lived between 350 BC and 275 BC.

Our collection contains 36 quotes who is written / told by Chanakya, under the main topic Family.

Here is some other popular authors who lived in the same timeframe: Menander, Epicurus, Xun Zi, Archimedes, Citium Zeno

Famous quotes by Chanakya (36)


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"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"
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"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"
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"Whores don't live in company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don't build nests on a tree that doesn't bear fruits"
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"The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman"
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"There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness"
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"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"
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"If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation?"
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"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"
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"God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple"
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"Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous"
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"Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth"
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"Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution"
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"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"
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"Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person"
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"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"
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"As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it"
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"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?"
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"As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family"
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"A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first"
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"A man is great by deeds, not by birth"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction"
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"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"
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"The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you"
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"Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"


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