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c. 370 – 283 BCE; Indian philosopher and royal advisor

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

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

Virtuous persons and fruit-laden trees bow, but fools and dry sticks break because they do
not bend.
Chanakya

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

A human being should strive for four things in life - dharma (duty), artha (money), kama
(pleasure) and moksha (salvation). A person who hasn't striven for even one of these things
has wasted life.
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

Test a servant while on his duty, and a relative in difficulty, test a friend in adversity, and a
wife in misfortune.
Chanakya

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

Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like
a pitcher full of poison with milk on top.
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

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

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

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

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

As a single dried tree, if fired, sets a whole forest on fire, so does a bad son destroy a whole 
family.
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

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

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

A person who cannot decide his goal, simply cannot win.
Chanakya

It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom.
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

Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is a crane among
swans, so are ignorant sons in a public assembly.
Chanakya

Whoever imposes severe punishment becomes repulsive to the people; while he who awards
mild punishment becomes contemptible. But whoever imposes punishment as deserved
becomes respectable.
Chanakya

Whores don't live in company of poor men, birds don't build nests on a tree that doesn't bear
fruits and citizens never support a weak administration.
Chanakya

There is no disease so destructive as lust.
Chanakya

A person becomes great not be sitting on some high seat, but through higher qualities. Can a
crow become an eagle by simply sitting on the top of a palatial building?
Chanakya

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

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

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a
person spreads in all direction.
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He who has wealth has friends.
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 bite of insects.
Chanakya

It is unwise to advice a fool, caring for a woman of loose character, and to be in company of a
sad fellow.
Chanakya

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