Chanakya Quotes and Life Lessons
Chanakya was an ancient Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist, and royal advisor. He is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India and his work is thought of as an important precursor to the classical economists.
He helped establish the Mauryan Empire and served its emperors as Chief Advisor. He was no warrior, but he used his brain to fight battles. Chanakya certainly knew how to deal with life and stay one step ahead of the world.
Read through the quotable quotes and saying by Chanakya which have been extracted from his works writings, thoughts, philosophies, and teachings. 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.
“Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.” – Chanakya
“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
“As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.” – Chanakya
“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
“Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.” – Chanakya
“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.” – Chanakya
“A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.” – Chanakya
“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
“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.” – Chanakya
“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.” – Chanakya
“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.” – Chanakya
“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.” – Chanakya
“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.” – Chanakya
“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.” – Chanakya
“There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.” – Chanakya
“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