30 Chanakya Quotes on Life Lessons That Will Change the Way You See the World

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Chanakya was a famous Indian royal adviser, philosopher, teacher, jurist, and economist born on 371 BC. He is recognized as the creator of the first ancient Indian political composition, ‘The Arthashastra’, and was generally called ‘Vishnugupta’ or ‘Kautilya’. His works, writings, and principles are viewed as a significant forerunner to ancient financial subjects and he is viewed as the pioneer of political theory and economy in India.

His thoughts, compositions, and works were rediscovered in the mid 20th century as they were close to lost at the end of the ‘Gupta Empire’. He played a prominent part in the foundation of the ‘Mauryan Empire’. We gathered up a few Chanakya quotes, life lessons perspectives shared by the recognized philosopher on politics, power, alone, truth, friendship, bitterness, adversity, failure, happiness, feelings, God, wise, grief, peace, spirituality, relationship and more. Peruse the quotes and thought by Chanakya which have been delivered from his works, compositions, purpose, philosophies, and teaching.


Here’s 30 Chanakya Quotes & Life Lessons That Will Change the Way You See the World

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

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

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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.

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7. 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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8. 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.

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9. 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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10. 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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11.There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.Chanakya

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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. 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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20. 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.

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21. The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.

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

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

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25. The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.

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26. 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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27. God doesn’t dwell in the wooden, stony or earthen idols. His abode is in our feelings, our thoughts.

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28. A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

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

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30. 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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