Chanakya Quotes

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Chanakya was an ancient Indian teacher and philosopher.

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“Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions:

Why am I doing it?
What might the results be?
Will I be successful?

Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.”

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

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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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“A human being should strive for four things in life – dharma (duty), artha (money), kama (pleasure) and moksha (salvation). A person who hasn’t striven for even one of these things has wasted life.”

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“A man is great by deeds, not by birth.”

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

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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 person who cannot decide his goal, simply cannot win.”

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“As a single dried tree, if fired, sets a whole forest on fire, so does a bad son destroy a whole family.”

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“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.”

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

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

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

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

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“He shall despise none, but hear the opinions of all. A wise man shall make use of even a child’s sensible utterance.”

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“He who has wealth has friends.”

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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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“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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“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 the heaven here on earth.”

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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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“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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“It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom.”

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“It is unwise to advice a fool, caring for a woman of loose character, and to be in company of a sad fellow.”

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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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“Once you start 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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“One should save money against hard times, save his wife against spending or sacrificing the money and one should save self at the cost of the wife and the riches.”

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“One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others can use neither knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.”

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“Test a servant while on his duty, and a relative in difficulty, test a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.”

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