15 Great Thoughts by Chanakya from Canak Niti
1) “Learnfrom the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves!!”
2) “A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and Honest people are screwed first.”
3) “Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.”
4) “There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.”
5) ” 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.”
6) “As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.”
7) “The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.”
8) “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.”
9) “The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.”
10) “God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.”
11) “A man is great by deeds, not by birth.”
12) “Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.”
13) “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.”
14) “Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.”
15) “Education is the Best Friend. An Educated Person is Respected Everywhere. Education beats the Beauty and the Youth.”
About Sage Chanakya
Sage Canak named his son as “Chanakya”. Being a teacher himself, he knew the importance of the education. Taxila was one of the world centers for education. At a very early age little Chanakya started studying Vedas. The Vedas; considered to be the toughest scriptures to study were completely studied and memorized by Chanakya in his infancy. He was attracted to studies in politics. In politics Chanakya’s acumen and shrewdness was visible right from childhood. He was a student of politics right from child hood. Known as a masterful political strategist, He knew how to put his own people in the opposite camp and spy the enemy without his knowledge before destroying him forever. Chanakya was an ace in turning tables in his favor irrespective of the circumstances. He never budged to pressure tactics by the ruthless politicians. In this way after studying religion and politics, he turned his attention to economics, which remained his lifelong friend. “Nitishastra”, a treatise on the ideal way of life shows his in depth study of the Indian way of life .
Few Other Famous Sage Chanakya Niti(Quotes) from Vridda-Chanakya
- Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others, destroy themselves like the serpents in ant-hills.
- Men have hunger, sleep, fear and carnal intercourse in common with the lower animals. It is only knowledge that a man has more than they. Those men who have not it may be regarded as beasts.
- Save your wealth against future calamity. Do not say, “what fear has a rich man of calamity?” Wealth sometimes vanishes away and large accumulations perish.
- A thing may be dreaded as long as it has not overtaken you.
- 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.
- The man who is foolish at the termination of his life shall always remain a fool.
- One destitute of wealth is not destitute, he is indeed rich, but the man devoid of learning is destitute in every way.
- It is better to die than preserve life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life only pains a moment, but disgrace every day of one’s life.
- There is no disease so destructive as lust.
- We return evil for evil, in which there is no sin, for it is necessary to pay a wicked man in his own coin.
- 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.
- Though men be endowed with beauty and youth, and be born in a noble family, yet without education, they are like a palas tree, which is void of any sweet smell.
- The man who is praised by others is regarded as worthy though he may be really void of all merit. But the man who sings his own praises becomes disgraced though he should be Indra, the possessor of all excellencies.
- As water collected in a tank gets pure by filtration, so accumulated wealth is preserved by being employed in charity.
- Truth upholds the earth; bu truth the Sun shines; the winds blow by truth; and everything else subsists by truth.
- If the king is pious, the subjects become so; but if the king is vicious, the subjects become the same. If he be indifferent to both (virtue and vice), then they too bear the same character. In short, as is the king so are his subjects.
- As a single dried tree, if fired, sets a whole forest on fire, so does a bad son destroy a whole family.
- He who has wealth has friends.
- The life, action, wealth, learning and death of a person are determined by God when he is in the womb.
- It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom.
- Time perfects men as well as destroys them.
- Learning is like a cow of desire. It, like her, yields in all seasons.
- It is better to be without a king than [to have] a bad one.
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