Chanakya, Chanakya was the first management Indian professor, economist, philosopher and a great adviser. You are well aware about his history and knowledge. Chanakya has wrote some great books such as :Ethics of Chanakya, Sampurna Chanakya Neeti, Arthashartra, Chanakyaniti.
SO here we have brought 100 Best and Powerful Chanakya Quotes for you. These quotes will change the way you look at life and will change your percepective. it helped me know the life and people better, I beleive they will help you too. So without wasting Anymore time, let’s begin.
100 Powerful Chanakya Quotes That Will Change Your Life
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.
The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.
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.
The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
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.
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.
Therefore with an eye to the public good, I shall speak that which, when understood, will lead to an understanding of things in their proper
Charity puts an end to poverty; righteous conduct to misery; discretion to ignorance; and scrutiny to fear.
Even a pandit comes to grief by giving instruction to a foolish disciple,
by maintaining a wicked wife, and by excessive familiarity with the
A wicked wife, a false friend, a saucy servant and living in a house with
a serpent in it are nothing but death.
One should save his money against hard times, save his wife at the
sacrifice of his riches, but invariably one should save his soul even at
the sacrifice of his wife and riches.
Save your wealth against future calamity. Do not say, “What what fear
has a rich man of calamity?” When riches begin to forsake one even the
accumulated stock dwindles away.
Do not inhabit a country where you are not respected, cannot earn your
livelihood, have no friends, or cannot acquire knowledge.
Do not stay for a single day where there are not these five persons: a
wealthy man, a brahmana well versed in Vedic lore, a king, a river and
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.
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty,
a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
He is a true friend who does not forsake us in time of need, misfortune,
famine, or war, in a king’s court, or at the crematorium (smasana).
He who gives up what is imperishable for that which perishable, loses
that which is imperishable; and doubtlessly loses that which is
A wise man should marry a virgin of a respectable family even if she is
deformed. He should not marry one of a low-class family, through
beauty. Marriage in a family of equal status is preferable.
Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with
claws or horns, women, and members of a royal family.
Even from poison extract nectar, wash and take back gold if it has
fallen in filth, receive the highest knowledge (Krsna consciousness)
from a low born person; so also a girl possessing virtuous qualities
(stri-ratna) even if she be born in a disreputable family.
Women have hunger two-fold, shyness four-fold, daring six-fold, and
lust eight-fold as compared to men.
Chanakya Quotes on Wisdom and Greatness
Untruthfulness, rashness, guile, stupidity, avarice, uncleanliness and
cruelty are a women’s seven natural flaws.
To have ability for eating when dishes are ready at hand, to be robust
and virile in the company of one’s religiously wedded wife, and to have
a mind for making charity when one is prosperous are the fruits of no
He whose son is obedient to him, whose wife’s conduct is in accordance
with his wishes, and who is content with his riches, has his heaven here
They alone are sons who are devoted to their father. He is a father who
supports his sons. He is a friend in whom we can confide, and she only
is a wife in whose company the husband feels contented and peaceful.
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.
Do not put your trust in a bad companion nor even trust an ordinary
friend, for if he should get angry with you, he may bring all your secrets
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council
keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
Foolishness is indeed painful, and verily so is youth, but more painful
by far than either is being obliged in another person’s house.
There does not exist a ruby in every mountain, nor a pearl in the head of
every elephant; neither are the sadhus to be found everywhere, nor
sandal trees in every forest.
Wise men should always bring up their sons in various moral ways, for
children who have knowledge of niti-sastra and are well-behaved
become a glory to their family.
Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is
a crane among swans, so are ignorant so are ignorant sons in a public
Many a bad habit is developed through overindulgence, and many a
good one by chastisement, therefore beat your son as well as your pupil;
never indulge them. (“Spare the rod and spoil the child.”)
Let not a single day pass without your learning a verse, half a verse, or
a fourth of it, or even one letter of it; nor without attending to charity,
study and other pious activity.
Separation from the wife, disgrace from one’s own people, an enemy
saved in battle, service to a wicked king, poverty, and a mismanaged
assembly: these six kinds of evils, if afflicting a person, burn him even
Trees on a river bank, a woman in another man’s house, and kings
without counselors go without doubt to swift destruction.
A Brahman’s strength is in his learning, a king’s strength is in his
army, a vaishya’s strength is in his wealth and a Sudra’s strength is in
his attitude of service.
The prostitute has to forsake a man who has no money, the subject a
king that cannot defend him, the birds in a tree that bears no fruit, and
the guests in a house after they have finished their meals.
Brahman’s quit their patrons after receiving alms from them, scholars
leave their teachers after receiving education from them, and animals
desert a forest that has been burnt down.
He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious, whose vision
impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.
Friendship between equals flourishes, service under a king is
respectable, it is good to be business-minded in public dealings, and a
handsome lady is safe in her own home.
Chanakya Quotes on Life
In this world, whose family is there without blemish? Who is free from sickness and grief? Who is forever happy?
A man’s descent may be discerned by – his conduct, his country by his
pronunciation of language, his friendship by his warmth and glow, and his capacity to eat by his body.
Give your daughter in marriage to a good family, engage your son in
learning, see that your enemy comes to grief, and engage your friends
Of a rascal and a serpent, the serpent is the better of the two, for he
strikes only at the time he is destined to kill, while the former at every
Therefore kings gather round themselves men of good families, for they never forsake them either at the beginning, the middle or the end.
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.
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.
Though men be endowed with beauty and youth and born in noble
families, yet without education they are like the palasa flower which is
void of sweet fragrance.
The beauty of a cuckoo is in its notes, that of a woman in her unalloyed devotion to her husband, that of an ugly person in his scholarship, and that of an ascetic in his forgiveness.
Give up a member to save a family, a family to save a village, a village
to save a country, and the country to save yourself.
There is no poverty for the industrious. Sin does not attach itself to the
person practicing japa (chanting of the holy names of the Lord). Those
who are absorbed in maunam (silent contemplation of the Lord) have
no quarrel with others. They are fearless who remain always alert.
What is too heavy for the strong and what place is too distant for those
who put forth effort? What country is foreign to a man of true learning?
Who can be inimical to one who speaks pleasingly?
As a whole forest becomes fragrant by the existence of a single tree
with sweet-smelling blossoms in it, so a family becomes famous by the
birth of a virtuous son.
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
As night looks delightful when the moon shines, so is a family
gladdened by even one learned and virtuous son.
What is the use of having many sons if they cause grief and vexation? It is better to have only one son from whom the whole family can derive support and peacefulness.
Fondle a son until he is five years of age, and use the stick for another
ten years, but when he has attained his sixteenth year treat him as a
He who runs away from a fearful calamity, a foreign invasion, a terrible famine, and the companionship of wicked men is safe.
He who has not acquired one of the following: religious merit
(dharma), wealth (artha), satisfaction of desires (kama), or liberation
(moksa) is repeatedly born to die.
Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, comes of Her own accord where fools
are not respected, grain is well stored up, and the husband and wife do not quarrel.
Chanakya Quotes on Education
These five: the life-span, the type of work, wealth, learning and the time of one’s death are determined while one is in the womb.
Offspring, friends and relatives flee from a devotee of the Lord: yet
those who follow him bring merit to their families through their
Fish, tortoises, and birds bring up their young by means of sight,
attention and touch; so do saintly men afford protection to their
associates by the same means.
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?
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
A single son endowed with good qualities is far better than a hundred
devoid of them. For the moon, though one, dispels the darkness, which
the stars, though numerous, can not.
A still-born son as superior to a foolish son endowed with a long life.
The first causes grief for but a moment while the latter like a blazing
fire consumes his parents in grief for life.
Residing in a small village devoid of proper living facilities, serving a
person born of a low family, unwholesome food, a frowning wife, a
foolish son, and a widowed daughter burn the body without fire.
What good is a cow that neither gives milk nor conceives? Similarly,
what is the value of the birth of a son if he becomes neither learned nor a pure devotee of the Lord?
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.
Kings speak for once, men of learning once, and the daughter is given
in marriage once. All these things happen once and only once.
Religious austerities should be practiced alone, study by two, and
singing by three. A journey should be undertaken by four, agriculture
by five, and war by many together.
She is a true wife who is clean (suci), expert, chaste, pleasing to the
husband, and truthful.
The house of a childless person is a void, all directions are void to one
who has no relatives, the heart of a fool is also void, but to a poverty
stricken man all is void.
Scriptural lessons not put into practice are poison; a meal is poison to
him who suffers from indigestion; a social gathering is poison to a
poverty stricken person; and a young wife is poison to an aged man.
That man who is without religion and mercy should be rejected. A guru without spiritual knowledge should be rejected. The wife with an
offensive face should be given up, and so should relatives who are
Constant travel brings old age upon a man; a horse becomes old by
being constantly tied up; lack of sexual contact with her husband brings old age upon a woman; and garments become old through being left in the sun.
Consider again and again the following: the right time, the right friends, the right place, the right means of income, the right ways of spending, and from whom you derive your power.
For the twice-born the fire (Agni) is a representative of God. The
Supreme Lord resides in the heart of His devotees. Those of average
intelligence (alpa-buddhi or kanista-adhikari) see God only in His srimurti, but those of broad vision see the Supreme Lord everywhere.
Chanakya Quotes on Wisdom
Agni is the worshipable person for the twice-born; the brahmana for the other castes; the husband for the wife; and the guest who comes for food at the midday meal for all.
As gold is tested in four ways by rubbing, cutting, heating and beating so a man should be tested by these four things: his renunciation, his
conduct, his qualities and his actions.
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.
Though persons be born from the same womb and under the same stars, they do not become alike in disposition as the thousand fruits of the badari tree.
He whose hands are clean does not like to hold an office; he who
desires nothing cares not for bodily decorations; he who is only
partially educated cannot speak agreeably; and he who speaks out
plainly cannot be a deceiver.
The learned are envied by the foolish; rich men by the poor; chaste
women by adulteresses; and beautiful ladies by ugly ones.
Indolent application ruins study; money is lost when entrusted to others; a farmer who sows his seed sparsely is ruined; and an army is lost for want of a commander.
Learning is retained through putting into practice; family prestige is
maintained through good behavior; a respectable person is recognized by his excellent qualities; and anger is seen in the eyes.
Religion is preserved by wealth; knowledge by diligent practice; a king
by conciliatory words; and a home by a dutiful housewife.
Those who blaspheme Vedic wisdom, who ridicule the life style
recommended in the satras, and who deride men of peaceful
temperament, come to grief unnecessarily.
Charity puts an end to poverty; righteous conduct to misery; discretion to ignorance; and scrutiny to fear.
There is no disease (so destructive) as lust; no enemy like infatuation;
no fire like wrath; and no happiness like spiritual knowledge.
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
Heaven is but a straw to him who knows spiritual life (Krsna
consciousness); so is life to a valiant man; a woman to him who has
subdued his senses; and the universe to him who is without attachment for the world.
Learning is a friend on the journey; a wife in the house; medicine in
sickness; and religious merit is the only friend after death.
Rain which falls upon the sea is useless; so is food for one who is
satiated; in vain is a gift for one who is wealthy; and a burning lamp
during the daytime is useless.
There is no water like rainwater; no strength like one’s own; no light
like that of the eyes; and no wealth more dear than food grain.
The poor wish for wealth; animals for the faculty of speech; men wish
for heaven; and godly persons for liberation.
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.
The Goddess of wealth is unsteady (chanchala), and so is the life
breath. The duration of life is uncertain, and the place of habitation is
uncertain; but in all this inconsistent world religious merit alone is
Among men the barber is cunning; among birds the crow; among beasts the jackal; and among women, the malin (flower girl).
These five are your fathers; he who gave you birth, girdled you with
sacred thread, teaches you, provides you with food, and protects you
from fearful situations.
These five should be considered as mothers; the king’s wife, the
preceptor’s wife, the friend’s wife, your wife’s mother, and your own
Chanakya Quotes on Knowledge and Religion
By means of hearing one understands dharma, malignity vanishes,
knowledge is acquired, and liberation from material bondage is gained.
Among birds the crow is vile; among beasts the dog; the ascetic whose
sins is abominable, but he who blasphemes others is the worst
Brass is polished by ashes; copper is cleaned by tamarind; a woman, by her menses; and a river by its flow.
The king, the brahmana, and the ascetic yogi who go abroad are
respected; but the woman who wanders is utterly ruined.
He who has wealth has friends. He who is wealthy has relatives. The
rich one alone is called a man, and the affluent alone are respected as
As is the desire of Providence, so functions one’s intellect; one’s
activities are also controlled by Providence; and by the will of
Providence one is surrounded by helpers.
Time perfects all living beings as well as kills them; it alone is awake
when all others are asleep. Time is insurmountable.
Those born blind cannot see; similarly blind are those in the grip of lust. Proud men have no perception of evil; and those bent on acquiring riches see no sin in their actions.
The spirit soul goes through his own course of karma and he himself
suffers the good and bad results thereby accrued. By his own actions he entangles himself in samsara, and by his own efforts he extricates
The king is obliged to accept the sins of his subjects; the purohit (priest) suffers for those of the king; a husband suffers for those of his wife; and the guru suffers for those of his pupils.
A father who is a chronic debtor, an adulterous mother, a beautiful wife, and an unlearned son are enemies ( in one’s own home).
It is better to be without a kingdom than to rule over a petty one; better to be without a friend than to befriend a rascal; better to be without a disciple than to have a stupid one; and better to be without a wife than to have a bad one.
How can people be made happy in a petty kingdom? What peace can
we expect from a rascal friend? What happiness can we have at home in the company of a bad wife? How can renown be gained by instructing an unworthy disciple?
Learn one thing from a lion; one from a crane; four from a cock; five
from a crow; six from a dog; and three from an ass.
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-heart and strenuous effort.
The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish
his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
To wake at the proper time; to take a bold stand and fight; to make a
fair division (of property) among relations; and to earn one’s own bread by personal exertion are the four excellent things to be learned from a cock.
Union in privacy (with one’s wife); boldness; storing away useful items; watchfulness; and not easily trusting others; these five things are to be learned from a crow.
Contentment with little or nothing to eat although one may have a great appetite; to awaken instantly although one may be in a deep slumber; unflinching devotion to the master; and bravery; these six qualities should be learned from the dog.
Although an ass is tired, he continues to carry his burden; he is
unmindful of cold and heat; and he is always contented; these three
things should be learned from the ass.
He who shall practice these twenty virtues shall become invincible in
all his undertakings.
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