Don't judge the future of a person based on his present conditions, becausetime has the power to change black coal to shiny diamond.

— Chanakya

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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.

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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.

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A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.

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

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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.

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About Chanakya

Quotes 211 sayings
Nationality Indian
Profession Teacher
Birthday 371 BC

Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.

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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.

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

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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.

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There is some self-interest behind every friendship.

There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.

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Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.

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Skills are called hidden treasure as they save like a mother in a foreign country.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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If a king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What vice could be worse than covetousness? What is more sinful than slander? For one who is truthful, what need is there for austerity? For one who has a clean heart, what is the need for pilgrimage?.

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

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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.

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The forest fire burns even tree like sandalwood.

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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.

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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.

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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 to light.

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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.

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Knowledge is lost without putting it into practice;

a man is lost due to ignorance; an army is lost without a commander; and a woman is lost without a husband.

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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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O 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.

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

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An egoist can be won over by being respected, a crazy person can be won over by allowing him to behave in an insane manner and a wise person can be won over by truth.

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Offspring, friends and relatives flee from a devotee of the Lord: yet those who follow him bring merit to their families through their devotion.

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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.

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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.

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A wise man should not divulge the formula of a medicine which he has well prepared; an act of charity which he has performed; domestic conflicts; private affairs with his wife; poorly prepared food he may have been offered; or slang he may have heard.

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

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