Chanakya’s Words of Wisdom

I received a forward from a friend of mine, which contained some quotes attributed to Chanakya. Wikipedia's entry on Chanakya reads thus:

ChanakyaChanakya (c.350 – c.275 BC), also known as Kautilya or Vishnugupta, was born in Pataliputra, Magadha (modern Bihar, India), and later moved to Taxila, in Gandhara province (now in Pakistan). He was a professor (acharya) of political science at the Takshashila University and later the Prime Minister of the Emperor Chandragupta Maurya. He is regarded as one of the earliest known political thinkers, economists and king-makers. He was the man to envision the first Indian empire by unification of the then numerous kingdoms in the Indian sub-continent and provide the impetus for fights against the Greek conqueror Alexander. Chanakya is perhaps less well known outside India compared to other social and political philosophers of the world like Confucius and Machiavelli. His foresight and wide knowledge coupled with politics of expediency helped found the mighty Mauryan Empire in India. He compiled his political ideas into the Arthashastra, one of the world's earliest treatises on political thought and social order. His ideas remain popular to this day in India. In Jawaharlal Nehru's Discovery of India, Chanakya has been called the Indian Machiavelli, although he lived and died long before Machiavelli's time.

The Quotes:

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

"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."

"There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth."

"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."

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

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

"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."

"The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind.But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction."

"God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple."

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

"Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status.Such friendships will never give you any happiness."

"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."

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

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

Aren't they really pearls-of-wisdom 🙂 Thanks to Ms. SPM for mailing me these 🙂

14 thoughts on “Chanakya’s Words of Wisdom

  1. THese quotes are awesome YCee.. :cheers:

  2. Nice quotes .. where we can download arthasathra

  3. U wanna D/l ArthaShastra !! Pray, Why?

    I’d Suggest you Google it up…:)

  4. One of the wisest quotes I have ever read. This needs more recognition than what it has now. Jai Hind !


  6. These will help a person if he knows how to use it in his /her life.

  7. my vision is that “success is never ending and failure is never final” Do prepare ours target and goals and don’t think about others target and what he has to achieve in life forget about it
    jayesh dave S/O ravi duttdave

  8. Ultimate! thats wt we call wisdom
    Kaash! we will b zable to impement theses in real life

  9. NICE QUOTES ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  10. dificult to follow

  11. There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.

    This very true and i practically suffered because of believing a person online. He used me and played a gamble in my life and misused my belief on him.

    My advice to young girls and ladies – Please never ever believe any online friends.

  12. superb good contents

  13. Chanakya was one of the greatest thinkers, philosophers born in India. My blog contains some of the great compilations of Chanakya’s work.

    Wisdom of great men and women in the world has time and again changed the course of thinking, reasoning and shaped our world.

    Let the wisdom in your thoughts flow and mingle with this stream of wisdom.

    Let us integrate the good and great thinkers in the world.

    Post your thoughts for the wise in the world.

    This post includes some of the greatest thinkers, philosophers and guides Chanakya, Rabindranath Tagore, Khalil Gibran.

    – Vikas Sood

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