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25 Quotes of Chanakya that will help you in business & life

Chanakya is known as a great politician, strategist, and economist in India. Born in Takshashila (Pakistan) in 375 BC, he was also known by the name ‘Kautilya’ meaning the Master of astuteness.

He is known for his two books, Arthashastra and Chanakya Niti. Chanakya Niti is a collection of principles of life and work, man must follow to lead a good and purposeful life.

In an earlier post, we wrote about the principles of Chanakya & Chanakya Niti in business. In this post, we will cover the top 50 quotes by Chanakya to help you in life & business. These quotes will help you in changing your way of thinking and will surely inspire you.

  1. “Before you start any important work, 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.”
  2. “Time perfects men as well as destroys them.”
  3. “One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others can use neither knowledge nor wealth when the need arises.”
  4. “Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.”
  5. “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats beauty and youth.”
  6. “A person who cannot decide on his goal, simply cannot win.”
  7. “Meditation is best performed when alone, education by two, singing by three, traveling with four persons, farming with five, and battle with as many as possible.”
  8. “The test for purity of gold is performed by rubbing, heating, pounding, and cutting. Similarly, the true character of a person is revealed at the time of intense trouble. His manners, voice, and actions will reveal a lot about him.”
  9. “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.”
  10. “Money earned must be circulated and put to good use similar to the water of a clean pond with inflow and outflow system. Whereas the water, logged in a pond is always dirty.”
  11. “Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be.”
  12. “If a person does good to you, you should also do the same. Similarly, those who are wicked to you should also be treated in the same way. There is no harm in doing so.”
  13. “It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom.”
  14. “God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.”
  15. “All the creatures are pleased by loving words, and therefore we should address words that are pleasing to all.”
  16. “One should fear only till he doesn’t know the reason for the fear. Once you find the reason for fear, then you should fight against it with courage.”
  17. “A person who tries to get temporary things leaving aside the permanent things will lose both the temporary and permanent things.”
  18. “A person who is aware of future troubles and fights against them with intelligence will always be happy. And a person who remains inactive and waits for good times will destroy his own life. “
  19. “Nothing comes without a price, not even friendship.”
  20. “Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise counsel keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.”
  21. “We should not fret for the past, nor should we be anxious about the future. Men of discernment deal only with the present moment.”
  22. “If a king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. If he is reckless, they not only be reckless but also eat into his works.”
  23. “There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.”
  24. “We should always speak what would please the person from whom we expect a favour, like a hunter who sings sweetly when he desires to shoot the deer.”
  25. “He who gives up shyness in monetary dealings, in acquiring knowledge, in eating and in business, becomes happy.”

These quotes can not only help you as an entrepreneur but also in life. If you enjoyed reading our post, please read our other business-related posts on our blog.

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