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Chanakya Quotes


That man who is without religion and mercy should be rejected. A guru without spiritual knowledge should be rejected. The wife with an offensive face should be given up and so should relatives who are without affection.



There are three gems upon this earth; food, water, and pleasing words fools consider pieces of rocks as gems.


Beauty is spoiled by an immoral nature; noble birth by bad conduct; learning, without being perfected; and wealth by not being properly utilized.


A father who is a chronic debtor, an adulterous mother, a beautiful wife, and an unlearned son are enemies in one’s own home.


Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, comes of Her own accord where fools are not respected, grain is well stored up, and the husband and wife do not quarrel.

Chanakya Quotes

Trees on a riverbank, a woman in another man’s house, and kings without counselors go without doubt to swift destruction.


Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is a crane among swans, so are ignorant sons in a public assembly.


Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women, and members of a royal family.


A wicked wife, a false friend, a saucy servant and living in a house with a serpent in it are nothing but death.


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.

Chanakya Quotes

As water collected in a tank gets pure by filtration, so accumulated wealth is preserved by being employed in charity.


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.


He whose son is obedient to him, whose wife’s conduct is in accordance with his wishes, and who is content with his riches has his heaven here on earth.


One should not inhabit a country where one gets no respect, no opportunity to earn once’s livelihood, where one has no friends or relatives, or from where one can not acquire knowledge.


Never believe the wicked though they are sweet tongued. The honey is only in the tip of their tongue–the heart is full of venom.

Chanakya Quotes

If a king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. If he is reckless, they will not only be reckless likewise, but also eat into his works. Besides, a reckless king will easily fall into the hands of his enemies. Hence the king shall ever be wakeful.


Time perfects men as well as destroys them.


A person becomes great not by sitting on some high seat, but through higher qualities. A crow does not become an eagle by simply sitting on the top of a palatial building.


Virtuous persons and fruit-laden trees bow, but fools and dry sticks break because they do not bend.


A wicked wife, a foolish friend, an ill tongued servant and a house infested with serpents will undoubtedly bring death.

Chanakya Quotes

If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation?


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.


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.


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.

Chanakya Quotes

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.


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.


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 happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.

Chanakya Quotes

Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.


As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.


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.


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.

Chanakya Quotes

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.


Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.


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.


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.


As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.

Chanakya Quotes

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.



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.


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.

Chanakya Quotes

Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.



The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.


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.


God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.


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.


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.


The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.


Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.

Chanakya Quotes

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.


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.


Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.


A man is great by deeds, not by birth.


A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.


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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