101 Chanakya Quotes and His Powerful Sayings [+Video]

CHANAKYA QUOTES : A man is great by deeds, not by birth. Chanakya
A man is great by deeds, not by birth. Chanakya

Chanakya was an Indian politician, teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra. Enjoy sharing the most powerful Chanakya quotes as images with your friends on social.

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CHANAKYA QUOTES : 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
A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does…… 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 Quotes on A Good Wife

A learned man is honoured by the people. A learned man commands respect everywhere for his learning. Indeed,learning is honoured everywhere.

– Chanakya

A man attains greatness by his merits, not simply by occupying an exalted seat. Can we call a crow an eagle (garuda) simply because he sits on the top of a tall building.

– 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
CHANAKYA QUOTES : A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first. Chanakya
A person should not be too honest…… Chanakya

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

– Chanakya

A thing may be dreaded as long as it has not overtaken you, but once it has come upon you, try to get rid of it without hesitation.

– Chanakya

Accumulated wealth is saved by spending just as incoming fresh water is saved by letting out stagnant water.

– Chanakya

All the creatures are pleased by loving words; and therefore we should address words that are pleasing to all, for there is no lack of sweet words.

– Chanakya

As a calf follows its mother among a thousand cows, so the (good or bad) deeds of a man follow him.

– Chanakya
CHANAKYA QUOTES : 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 rascal son destroy a whole family. 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

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?

– Chanakya
CHANAKYA QUOTES : As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it. Chanakya
As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it. Chanakya

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

– Chanakya Quotes on Fear

At the time of the pralaya(universal destruction)the oceans are to exceed their limits and seek to change,but a saintly man never changes.

– Chanakya

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.

– Chanakya

Beauty is spoiled by an immoral nature; noble birth by bad conduct; learning, without being perfected; and wealth by not being properly utilised.

– Chanakya

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.

– Chanakya
CHANAKYA QUOTES : Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person. Chanakya
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person. Chanakya

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

– Chanakya Quotes on Books

By means of hearing one understands dharma, malignity vanishes, knowledge is acquired, and liberation from material bondage is gained.

– Chanakya

Do not be very upright in your dealings for you would see by going to the forest that straight trees are cut down while crooked ones are left standing.

– Chanakya

Do not keep company with a fool for as we can see he is a two-legged beast. Like an unseen thorn he pierces the heart with his sharp words.

– 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

Drop the idea that attachment and love are one thing. They are enemies. It is attachment that destroys all love.

– Chanakya
CHANAKYA QUOTES : Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth. Chanakya
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth. Chanakya

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

– Chanakya Quotes on Best Friend

Eschew wicked company and associate with saintly persons. Acquire virtue day and night, and always meditate on that which is eternal forgetting that which is temporary.

– Chanakya

Even as the unborn babe is in the womb of his mother, these five are fixed as his life destiny: his life span, his activities, his acquisition of wealth and knowledge, and his time of death.

– Chanakya
CHANAKYA QUOTES : Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous. Chanakya
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous. Chanakya

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

– Chanakya

Generosity, pleasing address, courage and propriety of conduct are not acquired, but are inbred qualities.

– Chanakya

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

– Chanakya

He shall despise none, but hear the opinions of all. A wise man shall make use of even a child’s sensible utterance.

– Chanakya

He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious, whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.

– Chanakya

He who forsakes his own community and joins another perishes as the king who embraces an unrighteous path.

– Chanakya

He who gives up shyness in monetary dealings, in acquiring knowledge, in eating and in business, becomes happy.

– Chanakya

He who has wealth has friends and relations; he alone survives and is respected as a man.

– Chanakya

He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.

– Chanakya

He who is prepared for the future and he who deals cleverly with any situation that may arise are both happy; but the fatalistic man who wholly depends on luck is ruined.

– Chanakya

He who lives in our mind is near though he may actually be far away; but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby.

– Chanakya

He who nurtures benevolence for all creatures within his heart overcomes all difficulties and will be the recipient of all types of riches at every step.

– Chanakya

He who runs away from a fearful calamity, a foreign invasion, a terrible famine, and the companionship of wicked men is safe.

– Chanakya

He who wears unclean garments, has dirty teeth, is a glutton, speaks unkindly and sleeps after sunrise – although he may be the greatest personality — will lose the favour of Lakshmi.

– Chanakya

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.

– Chanakya

If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation?

– 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

Learning is a friend on the journey; a wife in the house; medicine in sickness; and religious merit is the only friend after death.

– Chanakya

Learning is like a cow of desire. It, like her, yields in all seasons. Like a mother, it feeds you on your journey. Therefore learning is a hidden treasure.

– Chanakya

Low class men desire wealth; middle class men both wealth and respect; but the noble, honour only; hence honour is the noble man’s true wealth.

– Chanakya

Moral excellence is an ornament for personal beauty; righteous conduct, for high birth; success for learning; and proper spending for wealth.

– Chanakya

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

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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.

– Chanakya

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.

– Chanakya

Our bodies are perishable, wealth is not at all permanent and death is always nearby. Therefore we must immediately engage in acts of merit.

– Chanakya

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

– Chanakya

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.

– Chanakya

She is a true wife who is clean (suci), expert, chaste, pleasing to the husband, and truthful.

– Chanakya

Sinfully acquired wealth may remain for ten years; in the eleventh year it disappears with even the original stock.

– Chanakya

Swans live wherever there is water, and leave the place where water dries up; let not a man act so — and comes and goes as he pleases.

– 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

The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. If you cannot keep a secret with you, do not expect that others will keep it? It will destroy you.

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

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

– Chanakya Quotes on Sharing Secrets

The cuckoos remain silent for a long time (for several seasons) until they are able to sing sweetly(in the Spring)so as to give joy to all.

– Chanakya

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.

– 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 king shall lose no time when the opportunity waited for arrives.

– Chanakya

The king shall singly deliberate over secret matters; for ministers have their own ministers, and these latter some of their own; this kind of successive line of ministers tends to the disclosure of counsels.

– Chanakya

The learned are envied by the foolish; rich men by the poor; chaste women by adulteresses; and beautiful ladies by ugly ones.

– Chanakya

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.

– Chanakya

The man who remains a fool even in advanced age is really a fool, just as the Indra-Varuna fruit does not become sweet no matter how ripe it might become.

– 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
CHANAKYA QUOTES : The poor wish for wealth; animals for the faculty of speech; men wish for heaven; and godly persons for liberation. Chanakya
The poor wish for wealth; animals for the faculty of speech; men wish for heaven; and godly persons for liberation. Chanakya

The poor wish for wealth; animals for the faculty of speech; men wish for heaven; and godly persons for liberation.

– Chanakya

The power of a king lies in his mighty arms; that of a brahmana in his spiritual knowledge; and that of a woman in her beauty youth and sweet words.

– Chanakya

The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.

– 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
CHANAKYA QUOTES : The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman. Chanakya
The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman. Chanakya

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

– Chanakya Quotes on World Power

There are three gems upon this earth; food, water, and pleasing words — fools (mudhas) consider pieces of rocks as gems.

– Chanakya

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.

– 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
CHANAKYA QUOTES : There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth. Chanakya
There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth. Chanakya

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

– Chanakya Quotes on Bitter Truth

Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others destroy themselves like serpents that stray onto anthills.

– Chanakya

Time perfects all living beings as well as kills them; it alone is awake when all others are asleep. Time is insurmountable.

– Chanakya
CHANAKYA QUOTES : Time perfects men as well as destroys them. Chanakya
Time perfects men as well as destroys them. Chanakya

Time perfects men as well as destroys them.

– Chanakya Quotes on Time

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.

– Chanakya

We should always speak what would please the man of whom we expect a favour, like the hunter who sings sweetly when he desires to shoot a deer.

– Chanakya

We should not feel pride in our charity, austerity, valour, scriptural knowledge, modesty and morality for the world is full of the rarest gems.

– Chanakya

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.

– Chanakya

Wealth, a friend, a wife, and a kingdom may be regained; but this body when lost may never be acquired again.

– Chanakya

What good can the scriptures do to a man who has no sense of his own? Of what use is as mirror to a blind man?

– Chanakya

When one is consumed by the sorrows of life, three things give him relief: offspring, a wife, and the company of the Lord’s devotees.

– Chanakya

Who realizes all the happiness he desires? Everything is in the hands of God. Therefore one should learn contentment.

– Chanakya

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
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