30 Inspiring quotes and lessons from Chanakya

 

Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions: Why I am 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

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

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.

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

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

Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.

Learn from the mistakes of others, you cannot live long enough to make them all yourselves.

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

The learned are envied by the foolish; rich men by the poor; chaste women by adulteresses; and beautiful ladies by ugly ones.

A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.

Generosity, pleasing address, courage and propriety of conduct are not acquired, but are inbred qualities.

Let not a single day pass without your learning a verse, half a verse, or a fourth of it, or even one letter of it, nor without attending to charity, study and other pious activity.

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He who is not shy in the acquisition of wealth, grain and knowledge, and in taking his meals, will be happy.

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.

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.

Fate makes a beggar a king and a king a beggar. He makes a rich man poor and a poor man rich.

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.

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

Whores don’t live in company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don’t build nests on a tree that doesn’t bear fruits.

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

The king shall lose no time when the opportunity waited for arrives.

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

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

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.

Foolishness is indeed painful, and verily so is youth, but more painful by far than either is being obliged in another person’s house.

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Consider again and again the following: the right time, the right friends, the right place, the right means of income, the right ways of spending, and from whom you derive your power.

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.

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.