Chanakya Quotes - Popular Quotes from Chanakya Neeti

Chanakya was an Indian politician, strategist, and writer, 350 BC 75 BC. Chanakya is also known as Kautilya, the author of Arthashastra (Economics), or rather The Arthashastra identifies its author by the name Kautilya. He is also referred to by the name Vishnugupta. He is known for his wisdom, and his teachings in statesmanship are unparalleled. Here are some of his wisdom quotes from Chanakya neeti.

Chanakya Quotes

Here is a collection of some of the popular quotes by Chanakya.

  1. A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
  2. A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
  3. 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.
  4. A man is born alone and dies alone; he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
  5. 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?
  6. As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
  7. Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
  8. He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is the attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The 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.
  14. Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
  15. 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.
  16. The biggest guru-mantra is "never share your secrets with anybody". It will destroy you. If you cannot keep your secrets with you then how can you trust others to keep them secret?
  17. 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.
  18. The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.
  19. A rich man has many friends.
  20. A woman is four times as shy, six times as brave and eight times as lusty as a man.
  21. An egoist can be won over by being respected, a crazy person can be won over by allowing him to behave in an insane manner and a wise person can be won over by the truth.
  22. As centesimal droppings will fill a pot so also are knowledge, virtue, and wealth gradually obtained.
  23. As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
  24. Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher of poison with milk on top.
  25. Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it? What might the results be? And Will I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
  26. Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
  27. Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
  28. Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
  29. God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
  30. He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious, whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.
  31. If you get to learn something even from the worst of creatures, don’t hesitate.
  32. In a state where the ruler lives like a common man, the citizens live like kings do. And in the state where the ruler lives like a king, the citizens live like beggars do.
  33. Jealousy is another name for failure.
  34. Never go on a long journey alone.
  35. Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
  36. Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
  37. One who is in search of knowledge should give up the search of pleasure and the one who is in search of pleasure should give up the search of knowledge.
  38. The biggest guru-mantra is: "Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you". biggest guru-mantra is: "never share your secrets with anybody. it will destroy you". >
  39. The four greatest enemies of a man are - the father who has taken a loan, the characterless mother, the beautiful but promiscuous wife and the stupid child.
  40. The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
  41. The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
  42. There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
  43. 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.
  44. Whores don’t live in the company of poor men, birds don’t build nests on a tree that doesn’t bear fruits and citizens never support a weak administration.
  45. Wise men should never go into a country where there are no means of earning one’s livelihood, where the people have no dread of anybody, have no sense of shame, no intelligence, or a charitable disposition.
  1. Chanakya’s quotes give me peace of mind. They are very practical.

  2. It is very helpful article for me. I feel like I’ve better knowledge of things going around me.

  3. I like chanakya neeti quotes.

  4. All of these quotes should by used to be successful.

  5. I really admire the Chanakya Neeti. I always try to follow these quotes. These are really very inspiring. Regards, Aruna

  6. Chanakya was a very honest person. He is a role model of honestness in the world.

  7. I have found that CHANAKYA is one of the great authors of Indian Politics. His quotes acts like a guide in routine life. I appreciate his work and mental ability.

  8. We have to apply these quotes in our present lives. It shows how farminded chanakya was.

  9. Very nice quotes from Chanakya Neeti but these are only a few. Please share more of the Chanakya Quotes.

  10. I like chanakya neeti so much, It is very useful to simplify my life and relations.

  11. Chanakya quotes are really good. If we follow his quotes, there is no doubt that we will be best.

  12. Chanakya Ji is my idol. I follow his neeti which is based on life of every person. Love you chanakya. May his soul rest in peace.

  13. Chanakya is my favorite writer.

  14. Chanakya’s quotes are very useful and educative. Its a great gift to all. Thanks a lot for sharing his quotes.

  15. When you are alone, think about quotes of chanakya. It would remove your loneliness and also add something to your knowledge.

  16. People should follow chnakaya niti in their daily life. The quotes are not merely proverbs but Acharya chankya has resorted these rules in his life and taught to Mauryas dynasty and they all got success.

  17. One cannot be perfect but one can try. Chanakya quotes help a lot.

  18. It is good for students, business men and everyone.

  19. When I started reading chanakya quotes, I thought "This is very intresting" but when it comes to end, I noticed that every person can follow this quotes. Can someone please tell me about the famous books of Chanakya?

  20. After reading Chanakya Quotes, I have started behaving like Chanakya and found many good differences in the life.

  21. It is very useful information.

  22. Let us apply these quotes in our day to day life, and be successful. All the best to those who have already started following chanakya’s quotes.

  23. Really authentic and meaningful. Thanks for these valuable quotes by chanakya.

  24. These quotes are very useful and the true in practical life. I become very impressed by the great scholar Chanakya.

  25. These quotes are beautiful & applicable as on today. Good collection.

  26. Chanakya is god for our success.

  27. Please add some more & diffrent quotes of chanakya. All websites have these quotes of chanakya.

  28. Very inspiring & touching quotes from chanakya !!

  29. Excellent, these golden quotes are eternal like sacred books.

  30. Very nice article that one should follow in their life. Its a great gift to Indians.

  31. Great quotes from the prodigy like Chanakya!

  32. Very nice article and informative quotes by Chanakya. Thanks a lot.

  33. Its very useful for me. I am trying to apply these quotes by chankya.

  34. This is gist of life. Unfortunately no institution teaches this now a days. " CHANAKYA NITI " should be brought into education. While surfing suddenly i came across this thread. Thanks to all of you who put their efforts into this. Best regards / Manish Bhingarde

  35. It’s really good , i have suddenly seen this while surgfing , i have seen bitter truth’s which true . Hope you will send some quotes like this and encourage people with your quotes. Regards, Got Impressed.

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