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Chanakya Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2021
Words Of Wisdom
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.
God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
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.
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.
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?
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
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.
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.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
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.
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 assembly.
A still-born son os 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.
Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women, and members of a royal family.
We should always deal cautiously with fire, water, women, foolish people, serpents, and members of a royal family; for they may, when the occasion presents itself, at once bring about our death.
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