15 Quotes By Chanakya, the Arthashastra Guru, That Tell You How to Lead An Effective Life!

Chanakya, traditionally identified as Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta, was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist, expert at political science and royal advisor. He is credited for playing an influential role in establishment of the Maurya Empire (the first empire to rule most of the Indian subcontinent, as per archaeologically recorded history).

In young days of his life, he managed the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta’s rise to power and served as the chief advisor to emperor.

He authored the ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy, the Arthashastra (the science of wealth). The text is considered to be very influential in ancient practices of Indian Economics and Political Science.

In fact, Chanakya is regarded as pioneer of the field of Indian Economics and Political Science, and his work is thought of as an significant predecessor to Classical Economics (developed in the 18th and 19th century).

Techstory brings to you the great thoughts of a great learner and scholar, Chanakya whose writings remains true till date.

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

“Every neighboring state is an enemy and the enemy’s enemy is a friend.” 

“Learn from the mistakes of others, you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.”

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

“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.”

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

“A man is great by deeds, not by birth.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“The king shall lose no time when the opportunity waited for arrives.”

“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.”

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

“Once you start 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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