Chanakya's most popular quotes
Chanakya on Lust
There is no disease so destructive as lust. There is no disease so destructive as lust. Chanakya described lust as the biggest barrier in a man's growth. Lusty individual would never be able to concentrate of other requisites of life. However, Chanakya was not against sex.
Chanakya on Self Improvement..
Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions : 1. Why am I doing it. 2. What the results might be and 3. Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
Chanakya on Family
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.
Chanakya on Kingdom
If the king is pious, the subjects become so; but if the king is vicious, the subjects become the same. If he be indifferent to both (virtue and vice), then they too bear the same character. In short, as is the king so are his subjects.
Chanakya on Failures
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 on Education
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth
Chanakya on Good Person
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
Chanakya on Parenting
For five years one’s son should be pampered, the next ten years he should be beaten (meaning he must be disciplined) and once he turns sixteen he should be treated as a friend.
Chanakya on Dharma
For one in an alien land learning is friend, for one staying at home mother is friend , for one suffering from illness medicine is friend and for the departed souls dharma is friend.
Chanakya on Kids
What is the purpose of having a son who is neither learned nor devoted to God? It is useless to have a blind eye which will only result in eye-ache.
Chanakya on Generations
Even as a single good tree with fragrant flowers can spread the fragrance in the entire forest, so also the entire family (or clan) shines by a son possessing good qualities.
Chanakya on Scholars
Scholarship and kingship can never be equated. A king is respected in his own kingdom whereas a scholar is respected everywhere.
Chanakya on Fool men
A wise man has all qualities in him, a fool has only faults. Therefore a single wise person is better than a thousand fools.