One of the best figures of intelligence and learning in Indian history is Chanakya. He is evaluated to have lived from 350 – 283 B.C. Chanakya is known as the “Pioneer Economist of India”. As a man, Chanakya has been portrayed differently, as a holy person, as a ‘heartless chairman’, as the ‘lord producer’, a committed patriot, a caring plain and a man without all ethics. He made discussion by saying ‘whatever it takes to get the job done, so be it and the ruler should utilize any way to achieve his objectives and his activities required no ethical authorizations. Chanakya, otherwise called Kautilya or Vishnugupta, was conceived in Pataliputra, Magadh (current Bihar), and later moved to Taxila, in Gandhar province (now in Pakistan). He was a teacher (acharya) of political science at the Takshashila University and later the Prime Minister of the Emperor Chandragupta Maurya. Here is the top and selected most inspiring Chanakya Quotes in English language about the real-life and world. These Chanakya quotes and sayings will definitely motivate you for a better lifestyle.
Inspirational Chanakya Quotes
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation?
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
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.
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
Famous Chanakya Quotes and Life Lessions
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whores don’t live in the company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don’t build nests on a tree that doesn’t bear fruits.
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.
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 Great Thoughts and Sayings
The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sunshine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.
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.
The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquility are not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.
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 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.
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.
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.
He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is an attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
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.
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.
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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