Chanakya Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Chanakya quotes and Chanakya sayings, and Chanakya proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"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. "

"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. "

"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. "

"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. "

"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. "

"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. "

"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. "

"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. "

"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. "

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

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

"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. "

"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. "

"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. "

"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. "

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

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

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

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

"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. "

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

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

"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. "

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

"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. "

"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. "

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

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