Friday, November 13, 2009


Chanakya was an adviser and a prime minister to the first Maurya Emperor Chandragupta and was the chief architect of his rise to power.

  • A debt should be paid off till the last penny, and an enemy should be destroyed till last trace.

  • A human being should strive for four things in life — dharma (duty), artha (money), kama (pleasure) and moksha (salvation). A person who hasn't striven for even one of these things has wasted life.

  • A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

  • A person should not be too honest. Just as straight trees are chopped-down first, honest people are taken advantage of first.

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

  • Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher of poison with milk on top.

  • Before you start any 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.

  • Books are as useless to a stupid person as a mirror is useless to a blind person.

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

  • Even if a snake is not venomous, it should pretend to be.

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

  • Don't hesitate to learn something even from the most lowly of creatures.

  • In a state where the ruler lives like a common man, the citizens live like kings. And in the state where the ruler lives like a king, the citizens live like beggars.

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

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

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

  • The four greatest enemies of a man are — the father who has taken a loan, the characterless mother, the beautiful but promiscuous wife and the stupid child.

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

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