Chanakya quotes

Born
350 BC.

Died
283 BC.

Occupation
Philosopher.

Chanakya was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra.

A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
– Chanakya
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
– Chanakya
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.
– Chanakya
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
– Chanakya
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.
– Chanakya
The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
– Chanakya
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
– Chanakya
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
– Chanakya
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
– Chanakya
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
– Chanakya
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
– Chanakya
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.
– Chanakya
As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
– Chanakya
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.
– Chanakya
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
– Chanakya
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.
– Chanakya
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.
– Chanakya
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
– Chanakya
The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
– Chanakya
The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
– Chanakya
God doesn’t dwell in the wooden, stony or earthen idols. His abode is in our feelings, our thoughts.
– Chanakya