Latest Chanakya Quotes

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.

Save your wealth against future calamity. Do not say, "what fear has a rich man of calamity?" Wealth sometimes vanishes away and large accumulations perish.

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.

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.

Considersing the forebearance of a person, Do not harass him.

Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women, and members of a royal family.

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

A low-minded person should not be given good advice.

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

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

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?

A debt should be paid off till the last penny; An enemy should be destroyed without a trace

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?

Women have hunger two-fold, shyness four-fold, daring six-fold, and lust eight-fold as compared to men.

One's weakness should not ever be revealed.

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.

Enemies strike at weak points.

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

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

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.

The low minded are fond of deception the nature of low-minded people never changes.

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.

A thing may be dreaded as long as it has not overtaken you.

The forest fire burns even tree like sandalwood.

Brass is polished by ashes; copper is cleaned by tamarind; a woman, by her menses; and a river by its flow.

Charity puts and end to poverty; righteous conduct to misery; discretion to ignorance; and scrutiny to fear.

My dear child, if you desire to be free from the cycle of birth and death, then abandon the objects of sense gratification as poison. Drink instead the nectar of forbearance, upright conduct, mercy, cleanliness and truth.

Even a captured enemy is not to be trusted.

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

Fire, even if put on head, burns only.

Wicked ones are like fire. Even if pu on hea, they burn only. They do not leave unhurt even their well - wishers and benefactors.

It is narual for enemy to attack on the weaker side of the adversary.

The disgrace of one's people brings sorrow to the Nobel minded.

He who shall practice these twenty virtues shall become invincible in all his undertakings.

For the moon though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, do not.

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.

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.

No amount of advice change his attitude. He does not listed to good advice. Rather he gets angry.

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

As water collected in a tank gets pure by filtration, so accumulated wealth is preserved by being employed in charity.

A father who is a chronic debtor, an adulterous mother, a beautiful wife, and an unlearned son are enemies in one's own home.

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

An enemy should be struck at his weak point.

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

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

No one should ever be disrespected.

Good behavior wins even an enemy.

A single son endowed with good qualities is far better than a hundred devoid of them.

It is better to be without a king than [to have] a bad one.

He who has wealth has friends.

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

The enemy’s enemy is a friend.

I consider almighty god above all so only I always propagate his true message of Vedas.

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.

There are only two ways of dealing with evil persons or thorns. Crush them under your boot or stay far away from them.

Never reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.

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

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

Learn from the mistakes of others, You can’t afford to make them all on your own.

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

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