35 Top Quotes from Chanakya: The greatest economist ever lived

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

Chanakya (c. 370­283 BCE) was an Indian teacher, philosopher and royal adviser.
Originally a professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya managed the first Maurya emperor Chandragupta's rise to power at a young age. He is widely credited for having played an important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire, which was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. Chanakya served as the chief advisor to both Chandragupta and his son
Bindusara.

Chanakya is traditionally identified as Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise called Arthastra. As such, he is considered as the pioneer of the field of economics and political science in India, and his work is thought of as an important precursor to Classical Economics. 

Chanakya is often called the "Indian Machiavelli", although his works predate Machiavelli's by about 1,800 years. His works were lost near the end of the Gupta dynasty and not rediscovered until 1915. 

Chanakya's birthplace is a matter of controversy, and there are multiple theories about his origin. According to one theory, he was born in Pataliputra or a town near it, Kusumpur. According to the Buddhist text Mahavamsa Tika, his birthplace was Taxila. The Jain scriptures, such as Adbidhana Chintamani, mention him as a Dramila, implying that he was a native of South India. According to some other Jain accounts such as Hemachandra's Parishishtaparva, Chanakya was born in the Canaka village of the Golla region, to a Jain Brahmin named Canin and his There is no disease so destructive as lust. wife Canesvari. Other sources mention his father's name as Chanak and state that Chanakaya's name derives from his
father's name.


A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and Honest people are screwed first.
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.
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.
Once you start working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. If you cannot keep secret with you , do not expect that other will keep it. ! It will destroy you.
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no Friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
People's Fury is above all the furies.

God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
Education is the Best Friend. An Educated Person is Respected Everywhere. Education beats the Beauty and the Youth.
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.


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.
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and
a wife in misfortune.
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.
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.
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.
He whose son is obedient to him, whose wife's conduct is in accordance with his wishes, and who is content with his riches has his heaven here on earth.
Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher full of poison with milk on top.
As water collected in a tank gets pure by filtration, so accumulated wealth is preserved by being employed in charity.
Time perfects men as well as destroys them.
It is better to have only one son endowed with good qualities than a hundred devoid of them. For the moon though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, do not.
A wicked wife, a false friend, a saucy servant and living in a house with a serpent in it are nothing but death.
Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women, and members of a royal family.
Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is a crane among swans, so are ignorant sons in a public assembly.
Trees on a riverbank, a woman in another man's house, and kings without counselors go without doubt to swift destruction.
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.
The Goddess of wealth is unsteady, and so is the life breath. The duration of life is uncertain, and the place of habitation is uncertain; but in all this inconsistent world religious merit alone is immovable.
A father who is a chronic debtor, an adulterous mother, a beautiful wife, and an unlearned son are enemies in one's own home.
Do not pass between two brahmanas, between a brahmana and his sacrificial fire, between a wife and her husband, a master and his servant, and a plough and an ox.
Beauty is spoiled by an immoral nature; noble birth by bad conduct; learning, without being perfected; and wealth by not being properly utilized.
There are three gems upon this earth; food, water, and pleasing words -- fools consider pieces of rocks as gems.


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