22 Chanakya Quotes About How To Deal With Life & Stay One Step Ahead

Chanakya helped establish the Mauryan Empire and served two of its emperors as chief advisor. His intelligence can’t be questioned. He was no warrior, but he used his brain to fight battles. The pioneer of political science and economics in India, Chanakya, certainly knew how to deal with life and stay one step ahead.

Here are 24 of his quotes that may help you do the same:

  1. Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
  2. A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
  3. Time perfects men as well as destroys them.
  4. Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
  5. Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
  6. 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.
  7. Never share your secrets with anyone. It will destroy you.
  8. Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty. A relative in difficulty, a friend in an adversity and a wife in misfortune.
  9. Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
  10. As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
  11. God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
  12. We should not feel pride in our charity, austerity, valor, scriptural knowledge, modesty and morality for the world is full of the rarest gems.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. It is better to die than to preserve this life by disgrace. The loss of life causes but a moment’s grief but disgrace brings grief every day of one’s life.
  16. The poor wish for wealth, animals for the faculty of speech, men for heaven and godly persons for liberation.
  17. One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others can use neither knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.
  18. Before you start some work, always ask three questions; why am I doing it? what might the results be? and will I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find answers satisfactory, go ahead.
  19. The earth is supported by the power of truth that makes the sun shine and winds blow. Indeed all things rest upon truth.
  20. He who lives in our mind is near though he may be actually far away but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby.
  21. 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 supreme abode.
  22. The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.



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