Best Chanakya Quotes

A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.

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

Money, soul, life, body, all these things go with time, only Dharma remains.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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.

Poverty, disease, sorrow, imprisonment and other evils are the fruits borne by the tree of one’s own karma.

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.

A friend who talks sweet to you but becomes bitter about you behind your back should be left immediately.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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