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Chanakya quotes

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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