Chanakya was an Indian teacher, philosopher, author, strategist, economist, juristand royal advisor. Known as Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta, he was an influential advisor in the court of Chandragupta and also played a key role in the establishment of Maurya dynasty. His thoughts are very motivating and still adopted by many people even today.
Some of his top quotes are listed below:
Chanakya Quote 1: Learn from the mistakes of others, you can live long enough to make them all yourselves.
You really do not have to touch the fire to see how hot it is.
Chanakya Quote 2: Straight Trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
Honesty is not always the best policy. Sometimes it can put you in difficult situations and clever people can be seen taking advantage from this.
Chanakya Quote 3: Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
We often have come across this idiom i.e. those who thunder don't pour. Whatever you are doing, do it silently and let your work do the talk.
Chanakya Quote 4: As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
Fear will only make your actions weak and will suppress your efforts. It is mandatory to execute any plan without fear.
Chanakya Quote 5: The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
Keeping a positive perspective and optimist vision always works.
Chanakya Quote 6: Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
Same is the message delivered by Lord Krishna in Bhagavat Geeta i.e. don’t abandon duties because you are finding defects in them. Stop worrying about the consequences and finish the work on which you have started working.
Chanakya Quote 7: Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats beauty and the youth.
Nothing can beat you in life if you are empowered with education. The success scope and intellectual scale of a person’s life is directly proportional to education.
Chanakya Quote 8: Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity and a wife in misfortune.
Try this once and you will get to know the real characteristic of people around you.
Chanakya Quote 9: Before you start some work always ask yourself three questions - Why I am 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.
For a fruitful outcome, three factors should always be taken into consideration i.e. the scope of the idea, planning and then the right execution.
Chankaya Quote 10: The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquility is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.
Because greed always misbalances happiness and tranquility in our life and makes us restless.