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Chanakya Niti


“It is imprudent to advise a fool, care for a woman with bad character and to be in the company of a lethargic and unhappy person” ― Acharya Chanakya

A man shouldn’t live in a place where people are not afraid of the law, are shameless, and there is no clever man, where people lack in kindness, and where exists no creativity or art” ― Acharya Chanakya

“Do not spend even a single day where you can not find five things: Successful businessmen, educated brahmins, soldiers, a river and a doctor” ― Acharya Chanakya

“Test your wife when your wealth is lost, a friend in need, relatives at the time of crises, and your servant after allocating him an important duty” ― Acharya Chanakya

“Whoever helps you at the time of illness, misfortune, famines, and invasion is your true brother in the real sense” ― Acharya Chanakya

“A person who cannot decide his goal, simply cannot win” ― Acharya Chanakya


“A man must act as per the situation instead of day dreaming (assuming what may happen). Chanakya advises not to trust everyone” ― Acharya Chanakya

“A true son is obedient, a true father is loving, and a true friend is honest― Acharya Chanakya

“a person must stay away from the people who act as flatterer in front of you but speak ill behind your back. They cause you irreparable damage. Such friendship is like poisonous milk. One must simply stay away from such people― Acharya Chanakya

“Always keep your biggest plans as a secret. The simplest suggestion is to continue the task without grabbing much attention― Acharya Chanakya

“A man must act as per the situation instead of day dreaming (assuming what may happen). Chanakya advises not to trust everyone― Acharya Chanakya

“A wise person grooms his child carefully because only an educated person with high morale is given true respect in society― Acharya Chanakya

Chanakya advises not to overindulge with your child, pupil, and students. It will spoil them.

  • tree standing on the bank of a river
  • a woman in the house of a stranger
  • king with a stupid advisor
  • scholar lies in his knowledge
  • king lies in his army
  • trader lies in his money
  • a servant is in his service.

“People leave a weak king, a prostitute deserts her improvised customer, and birds leave a withered tree. In the same manner, the guests must leave the house of host after eating― Acharya Chanakya

“End is near for anyone who befriends a person of bad character or lives in the company of an evil fellow― Acharya Chanakya


“You can guess the origin of a person through his behavior, his native place via his tone, and his food intake by looking at the size of his belly― Acharya Chanakya

“If you have an evil person on one side and a snake on the other; better opt for the snake as it will bite only for self-defense but the wicked person will not spare any chance of hurting you― Acharya Chanakya

“A young person, with a beautiful face and of a higher origin, however, uneducated is always ignored like a scentless flower― Acharya Chanakya

“A hard working person cannot remain poor, a person who continuously remembers God is unlikely to perform a sin, a person with peace cannot quarrel. Similarly, a vigilant person has no fears― Acharya Chanakya

“Excess of beauty resulted in the kidnapping of Sita, extreme ego of Ravana got him killed, and unnecessary charity caused massive trouble to Raja Bali. Extremes are never good!― Acharya Chanakya

“Just like a tree laden with scented flowers spreads fragrance in the whole forest. Similarly, a worthy son brings glory to the whole family, community, and the country― Acharya Chanakya

“A dried tree, when catches fire, burns the whole forest; so does a bad son born in a family― Acharya Chanakya

“When faced with natural disasters, famine and unstoppable enemy invasion; one must run away and the save life. Don’t worry, You would get another opportunity― Acharya Chanakya

“The best place to live is where fools are not honored, grains are preserved, where husband and wife don’t quarrel. Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of wealth) resides at such locations― Acharya Chanakya


“Knowledge is like holy kamdhenu and is like a tree that bears fruit in every season. In unknown territories, it provides protection and brings you rewards― Acharya Chanakya

“A king orders once, a great scholar speaks once, and daughters are married once. Therefore, one must be very careful regarding those― Acharya Chanakya

“Meditation is performed best when alone, education by two, singing by three, traveling with four persons, farming with five, and battle with as many possible.― Acharya Chanakya

  • a person whose knowledge is confined to books
  • a meal without an appetizer
  • living life in a community of poor people
  • an old man marrying a young woman


“Infatuation is the biggest disease, greed is the worst enemy of an individual, Anger is the endless fire and among all possessions, knowledge is supreme― Acharya Chanakya

“The test for purity of gold is performed by rubbing, heating, pounding and cutting. Similarly, the true character of a person is revealed at the time of intense trouble. His manners, voice, and actions will reveal a lot about him― Acharya Chanakya

“After execution of the commander, his army becomes ineffective― Acharya Chanakya

“For a person with absolute knowledge, heaven is of least significance. A true warrior gives a little importance to his life. For a true sage woman is of no use, and for a person with control of his desires, the whole world loses its significance― Acharya Chanakya

“Raining over the ocean, helping the capable, and lightening a lamp in daylight are nothing but useless acts― Acharya Chanakya

“A brass pot is purified by treating it with ash and copper by citric. A woman after her periods and rivers gets purified after passing through rapids― Acharya Chanakya

“A person born blind is unable to see things nor do people in love. An alcoholic cannot differentiate good and bad. Similarly, a selfish person gets blinded by his selfish goals― Acharya Chanakya

You can win a greedy by offering money, a proud person by pretending your devotion, you can win a fool by agreeing with him, and you can win a scholar by truth and only truth.― Acharya Chanakya

It is better not to have a kingdom than having it in a bad state. Similarly, it is better to have no friends, pupils, and wife than having bad ones― Acharya Chanakya


Chanakya says to learn from the following:

  • Lion: teaches us to perform actions wholeheartedly and not to relax until the completion of the task.
  • Crane: teaches a man to focus and concentrate on the task and act instantaneously upon requirement.
  • Cock: to rise early in the morning, being ready to defend and attack, grabbing one’s share and sharing with other.
  • Crow: makes love privately, does not get scared easily, collects things for use in future. is always alert and never trusts anyone.
  • Dog: It can go without food for a while but when finds can overeat in moments. Is alert even in sleep and wakes with the slightest sound. It is loyal and fights ferociously when defending his master..
  • Donkey: It works tirelessly and even in tough weather conditions.


“If you are facing loss in business or your heart is broken: don’t share such information with others, One must not discuss scandals of family and incidents of insult. People often try to exploit your weaknesses. Beware!― Acharya Chanakya

“You should be shameless while learning, negotiating in business, and having food― Acharya Chanakya

“A relaxed mind is the happiest, running after money all the times is simply foolish― Acharya Chanakya

“One must be satisfied with whatever he has as wife, wealth, and income. But, one must never get satisfied with the knowledge and acts of charity― Acharya Chanakya

“Just like it is not safe to put yourself between a plow & oxen. Similarly, one must never come between two scholars, fire, husband & wife, and master & servant― Acharya Chanakya

“A Brahman becomes happy with the tasty food, a peacock on listening rumble of clouds, a person with good soul becomes happy with the happiness of others, while an evil person gains happiness from misfortunes of others― Acharya Chanakya

“The power of a king lies in his sword, of a scholar in his knowledge, and that of a woman in her beauty― Acharya Chanakya

“Money earned must be circulated and put to good use as the water of a pond with inflow and outflow system is clean. whereas, the water logged in a pond is always dirty― Acharya Chanakya

“A tail of a dog cannot protect its shame nor does it offer any effective protection against ticks and flies. So is the condition of a man with little knowledge― Acharya Chanakya


“There is No blessing bigger than peace, No joy bigger than contentment and There is no religion bigger than mercy. For a man, greed is the worst disease― Acharya Chanakya

“Everyone respects wise men. They are rewarded with honor and money. A person can attain everything through knowledge. It is worshiped everywhere― Acharya Chanakya

“The Earth is in great pains as it is being crushed by animals (humans) like drunkards, idiots and uneducated― Acharya Chanakya


“Any person aiming at deliverance must quit his bad habits and addictions as if they are poison. One must develop qualities like tolerance, forgiveness, patience, kindness, and trust as nectar― Acharya Chanakya

“A student, servant, guard, starving person and a traveler must be woken up when they are on duty― Acharya Chanakya

“One must never disturb them while sleeping. They are the tiger, king, child, others dog, serpent, and pig. Let them sleep― Acharya Chanakya


“A man without money is not poor in comparison to a man without knowledge― Acharya Chanakya

“A crow can eat anything, a poet is capable of imagining anything, a woman can do anything, and a drunkard can say anything― Acharya Chanakya

“You must give up the hope of finding comfort If you are looking for knowledge― Acharya Chanakya

“Fate plays a significant role in the life of a person. It can turn a king to beggar and vice-versa― Acharya Chanakya


“A person who leaves his community to join another one is likely to face quick destruction. Same will be the case with king who doesn’t care for his kingdom― Acharya Chanakya

“If the mind of a person is filled with evil thoughts then any number of pilgrimages won’t remove his/her sins― Acharya Chanakya

“A true student refrains himself from love, flattery, anger, infatuations, entertainment, and oversleeping― Acharya Chanakya

“A wise men will never impure any type of water. Be it in a well, pond, river, garden, or temple― Acharya Chanakya

“Even the bees have to repent for storing too much honey which they collect after putting so much courage and hard work. In the same manner, the people who don’t do charity face heavy losses. The Kings gain glory on helping the needy and their names survive till eternity― Acharya Chanakya


“Finding a green pasture is a festival for the cow, A Brahmin’s festival is to receive an invitation for a meal, and recovery of her husband is the festival for a woman, but for me, the festival is to have faith in God― Acharya Chanakya

“A person who considers women of others as a mother, wealth of others as dirt, and one who sees his own soul in all living creatures; is the person who has really found the truth― Acharya Chanakya

“One must learn decency from the princess, speech from scholars, the art of bluffing from gamblers, and cunningness from a woman― Acharya Chanakya

“One who overspends money without planning, who provokes the stronger opponent, and one who desires a relationship with all kinds of women will definitely meet a quick destruction― Acharya Chanakya

“A pitcher can be filled drop-by-drop and so is the case with your wealth― Acharya Chanakya


“It is better to live a small life doing good deeds than living a sinful life of thousands of years. It is your acts that count, not your life span― Acharya Chanakya

“One must not be afraid of future, nor shall regret upon the past. Wise men concentrate on utilizing the present to frame a brighter future― Acharya Chanakya

“The nature of noble people is quite strange i.e. instead of acting arrogant upon attaining wealth they bow down in humility and act more modestly and respectfully― Acharya Chanakya

“In the end, the mighty Sumeru mountain will be uprooted from its base and the land will be wiped away by the sea. Even then the superior people will be stand firm in their resolve to keep their promises― Acharya Chanakya


Multiple straws reunite together to make a thatch to provide protection against rain. In the same manner, when men unite together to form an army they can easily conquer the enemy― Acharya Chanakya

“You can earn money after losing it, you can make new friends, and also you can get another wife, but this is not the case with the body― Acharya Chanakya

“One becomes very enlightened and awake after listening to the religious talks, on attending some funeral, and on falling sick severely― Acharya Chanakya

“Only a capable man who lives life as per principles of religion is alive in real senses. If not, then the person is living a life of no use― Acharya Chanakya

“A cuckoo bird will not sing until the arrival of spring i.e. there is a right time for performing every task― Acharya Chanakya


“There are two ways to deal with thorns and wicked people. One is to crush them and the other, to stay away from it― Acharya Chanakya

“A wrong act done by a person with power is hailed and many times is justified. On the other hand, a good task done by a poor might not grab that much attention― Acharya Chanakya

“Even if a gem is placed on the foot and a mirror on the head, The gem will not lose its value― Acharya Chanakya

“Greed is the root of all evil. A black bee enjoys nectar from a lotus flower, but in search of more it goes to forests and paddy fields where it gets hurt by thorns― Acharya Chanakya

“The fragrance of sandalwood remains even after cutting/grinding it, a bull-elephant does not stop mating even in old age, and sugar cane tastes sweet on being crushed. Such is the nature of high-class men that remains unchanged even in poverty― Acharya Chanakya


“A foolish man easily falls in love with a whore and then becomes her toy. She will use him, betray him, trick him, and finally destroy him.

“A man might acquire some big position after putting few efforts, but that is not everything. A crow sitting on the steeple of a palace is not honored but an eagle is― Acharya Chanakya

“I am not interested in money earned by; bringing pain to others, anti-religious activities, and by begging before an enemy― Acharya Chanakya

“You cannot get satisfied with the money you have, with women, and tasty food. More you enjoy the desire grows even more. Hunger and thirst cannot be satisfied― Acharya Chanakya

“One must not act as miser when it comes to speaking politely. A polite talker is appreciated by all and speaking politely costs you nothing― Acharya Chanakya

“This world is like a tree with two life-giving fruits hanging from it. One is to speak politely and other is to be in the company of good people― Acharya Chanakya

“Like Money in hands of others is of no use and in same manner knowledge confined to books is also of no use to a person hence one must be prudent enough― Acharya Chanakya

“A snake stores venom in his Fang, a bee in its sting, a scorpion in its tail, but everything of an evil person is poisonous― Acharya Chanakya

“A man with good intention to help others receives a blessing at each step and his troubles get blown away― Acharya Chanakya

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