Chanakya Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Chanakya quotes, Chanakya sayings, and Chanakya proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth. Chanakya
Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is a crane among swans, so are ignorant so are ignorant sons in a public assembly. Chanakya
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. Chanakya
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourselves! Chanakya
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth. Chanakya
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous. Chanakya
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. Chanakya
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. Chanakya
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. Chanakya
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. Chanakya
The biggest Guru mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you. Chanakya
Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others destroy themselves like serpents that stray onto anthills. Chanakya
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune. Chanakya
He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious, whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined. Chanakya
What good can the scriptures do to a man who has no sense of his own? Of what use is as mirror to a blind man? Chanakya
When one is consumed by the sorrows of life, three things give him relief: offspring, a wife, and the company of the Lord's devotees. Chanakya
Swans live wherever there is water, and leave the place where water dries up; let not a man act so - and comes and goes as he pleases. Chanakya
Skills are called hidden treasure as they save like a mother in a foreign country. Chanakya
The one excellent thing that can be learned from a lion is that whatever a man intends doing should be done by him with a whole-hearted and strenuous effort. Chanakya
Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends. Chanakya
God doesn't dwell in the wooden, stony or earthen idols. His abode is in our feelings, our thoughts. Chanakya
There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy. Chanakya
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth. Chanakya
The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you. Chanakya
Good behavior wins even an enemy. Chanakya
He who nurtures benevolence for all creatures within his heart overcomes all difficulties and will be the recipient of all types of riches at every step. Chanakya
It is better to die than to preserve this life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life causes but a moment's grief, but disgrace brings grief every day of one's life. Chanakya
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. Chanakya
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 the Supreme abode. Chanakya
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions. Chanakya