Friday, August 23, 2013


Chanakya also known as Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta is one of the famous personality of Indian History born in 370BC and died in 283BC,he got his education at one of the ancient Universities of the world at Takshashila of Ancient India(Now in Pakistan) and later became a Acharya(Professor) in the same ancient university of economics and political science.

Chanakya played an important role in the establishment of Mauryan Empire in India and played important role in managing the mauryan empire and was Chief advisor to both Chandragupta and his son Bindusara.He also authored the famous ancient Indian political treatise called Arthaśāstra and Neetishastra (also known as Chanakya Niti).He is considered as the pioneer of the field of economics and political science in India,Here we will share some of the best chankya quotes.

1.Whoever imposes severe punishment becomes repulsive to the people; while he who awards mild punishment becomes contemptible. But whoever imposes punishment as deserved becomes respectable. For punishment when awarded with due consideration, makes the people devoted to righteousness and to works productive of wealth and enjoyment; while punishment, when ill-awarded under the influence of greed and anger or owing to ignorance, excites fury even among hermits and ascetics dwelling in forests, not to speak of householders.

2.If a king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. If he is reckless, they will not only be reckless likewise, but also eat into his works. Besides, a reckless king will easily fall into the hands of his enemies. Hence the king shall ever be wakeful.
3.All urgent calls he shall hear at once, but never put off; for when postponed, they will prove too hard or impossible to accomplish.
4.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.
5.God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
6.There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
7.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.
8.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.
9.Whores don’t live in company of poor men, birds don’t build nests on a tree that doesn’t bear fruits and citizens never support a weak administration.
10.The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
11. 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 his heaven here on earth.
12. There is no disease so destructive as lust.
13. 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.
14. It is better to have only one son endowed with good qualities than a hundred devoid of them. For the moon though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, do not.
15. Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others, destroy themselves like the serpents in ant-hills.

16. Men have hunger, sleep, fear and carnal intercourse in common with the lower animals. It is only knowledge that a man has more than they. Those men who have not it may be regarded as beasts.

17. Save your wealth against future calamity. Do not say, "what fear has a rich man of calamity?" Wealth sometimes vanishes away and large accumulations perish.

18. A thing may be dreaded as long as it has not overtaken you.

19.The man who is foolish at the termination of his life shall always remain a fool.

20.One destitute of wealth is not destitute, he is indeed rich, but the man devoid of learning is destitute in every way.

21.It is better to die than preserve life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life only pains a moment, but disgrace every day of one's life.

22. We return evil for evil, in which there is no sin, for it is necessary to pay a wicked man in his own coin.

23.Though men be endowed with beauty and youth, and be born in a noble family, yet without education, they are like a palas tree, which is void of any sweet smell.
24.The man who is praised by others is regarded as worthy though he may be really void of all merit. But the man who sings his own praises becomes disgraced though he should be Indra, the possessor of all excellencies.

25.As water collected in a tank gets pure by filtration, so accumulated wealth is preserved by being employed in charity.

26.Truth upholds the earth; but truth the Sun shines; the winds blow by truth; and everything else subsists by truth.

27.If the king is pious, the subjects become so; but if the king is vicious, the subjects become the same. If he be indifferent to both (virtue and vice), then they too bear the same character. In short, as is the king so are his subjects.

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

29.He who has wealth has friends.

30.The life, action, wealth, learning and death of a person are determined by God when he is in the womb.

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

32.Time perfects men as well as destroys them.

33.Learning is like a cow of desire. It, like her, yields in all seasons.

34.It is better to be without a king than [to have] a bad one.

35.It is better to have only one son endowed with good qualities than a hundred devoid of them. For the moon though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, do not.

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

37. "Even if a snake is not poisonous,it should pretend to be venomous."
38. "The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. If you cannot keep secret 
with you , do not expect that other will keep it. ! It will destroy you."

39. "There is some self-interest behind every friendship.  There is no Friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth."
40."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."
41."As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it."
42."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."

43. A man is great by deeds, not by birth."

44. "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." 

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

These were some of the best quotes by Chanakya,if you have some other best quotes by chanakya share with us and other readers using the comment section below.

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