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Chanakya Quotes and Sayings

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He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow,
for the root of all grief is attachment.
Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
- Chanakya

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The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
- 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

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

 

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.
- Chanakya

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

Once you start a working on something,
don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it.
People who work sincerely are the happiest.
- Chanakya

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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

God is not present in idols.
Your feelings are your god.
The soul is your temple.
- Chanakya

As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant,
try to save your soul; when death is immanent what can you do?
- Chanakya

The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied
by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained
by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.
- Chanakya

The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody.
It will destroy you.
- Chanakya

The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane
and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place,
time and ability.
- Chanakya

There is some self-interest behind every friendship.
There is no friendship without self-interests.
This is a bitter truth.
- 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

A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
- Chanakya

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.
- Chanakya

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.
- Chanakya

Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror
is useful to a blind person.
- Chanakya

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

Whores don't live in company of poor men,
citizens never support a weak company and birds don't
build nests on a tree that doesn't bear fruits.
- Chanakya

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.
- Chanakya

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

The earth is supported by the power of truth;
it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow;
indeed all things rest upon truth.
- Chanakya

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

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 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

Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
- Chanakya

Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status.
Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
- Chanakya

He who lives in our mind is near though he may actually be far away;
but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby.
- Chanakya

As a single withered tree, if set aflame,
causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
- 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

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

If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is
needed? If a man has fame,
what is the value of other ornamentation?
- 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

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.
- Chanakya

The secret to a joyful life is Simplicity -
saying NO to the latest this and the most glamorous that -
saying NO to chasing an overly-demanding career -
saying NO to the stressful demands upon your time and energy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was never interested in being an overly public person.
- John Cusack

I never found much comfort in overly organized religion of any sort.
- Jewel Kilcher

Basically, what you really want to do is try to engage
the viewer's body relation to his thinking and walking and looking,
without being overly heavy-handed about it.
- Richard Serra

In a lot of aspects it's cooler that we don't have
a lot of really overly famous people in the band.
- Neil Schon

I probably have an earlier curfew than anyone.
My mom wants to keep me really safe and my dad's not overly protective,
but he's a dad no matter what.
- Miley Cyrus

When I was a young man, I was overly sensitive to things,
and I found it difficult to eat when I was nervous.
- Robert Barnes

I'm not an overly ambitious person; I don't feel like I have to excel.
- Chris Evert

Women who marry early are often overly enamored of
the kind of man who looks great in wedding pictures
and passes the maid of honor his telephone number.
- Anna Quindlen

I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips,
but I fear it would be overly long.
- Louise Brown

I've been in showbusiness all my life,
but as an actress I have never been overly driven.
- Jamie Lee Curtis

Most of my friends aren't actors - and not one of them
is overly impressed with what I do.
- Jeremy London

People who overly take care of their health are like misers.
They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.
- Laurence Sterne

When I start writing songs and it turns into an overly
belabored intellectual process,
I just throw it out.
- Alanis Morissette

I'm not overly alarmist about it, but I do think there are some worrying signs,
like the growing accumulation of wealth by a very small
proportion of the population,
plus elections in the US are much more dominated by
money than anywhere else calling itself a democracy.
- Peter Singer

Not to get overly psychological about this,
but it's probably why I became an actress in the first place:
for that kind of freedom and refuge,
as well as for the fact that I just love acting so much.
- Marisa Tomei

Realize that a Muslim will know that his wife was seen naked in this machine.
You know what would be the reaction?...
Terrible.
I believe there's technology out there that can identify
bomb-type materials without necessarily,
overly invading our privacy.
- Isaac Yeffet

Manners are of such great consequence to the novelist that any kind will do.
Bad manners are better than no manners at all,
and because we are losing our customary manners,
we are probably overly conscious of them;
this seems to be a condition that produces writers.
- Flannery O'Connor

Actresses can get outrageously precious about the way they look.
That's not what life's about.
If you starve yourself to the point where your brain cells shrivel,
you will never do good work.
And if you're overly conscious of your arms flapping in the wind,
how can you look the other actor in the eye to respond to them?
- Cate Blanchett

Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable,
much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine.
A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it,
thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt.
It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

The confusing thing, I thought, was that most of America
already knew that we were overly reliant on oil,
especially on foreign oil.
But it was news that this administration had begun
to at least acknowledge that problem.
- Chris Van Hollen

Raymond Floyd.
The man knows how to control situations.
He was experienced.
He didn't let me get overly excited;
he kept me in check.
It allowed me to free myself up, and I played really well with him.
- Payne Stewart

I remembered seeing it and it was this metallic turbine
and I thought it was beautiful.
I had never been in a power plant before,
but I felt, without being overly dramatic,
compelled to make photographs of this for myself.
- John Sexton

I don't think that - you know, I'm sure that there's guys that are doing it,
because I'm sure in every sport there's players who want to get the edge.
But I think that it's been blown overly -
way more than guys are using it in our game.
- Rafael Palmeiro

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of making dreams come true
can be summarized in four C's.
They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy;
and the greatest of these is Confidence.
- Walt Disney

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land,
or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
- Helen Keller

In all chaos there is a cosmos,
in all disorder a secret order.
- Carl Jung

The secret of success is to find a need and fill it,
to find a hurt and heal it,
to find somebody with a problem
and offer to help solve it.
- Robert H. Schuller

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
- Benjamin Disraeli

If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get
the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.
- Henry Ford


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