Originally a professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya managed the first Maurya emperor Chandragupta's rise to power at a young age. He is widely credited for having played an important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire, which was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. Chanakya served as the chief advisor to both Chandragupta and his son Bindusara.
There are three gems upon this earth; food, water, and pleasing words -- fools consider pieces of rocks as gems.
Beauty is spoiled by an immoral nature; noble birth by bad conduct; learning, without being perfected; and wealth by not being properly utilised.
Do not pass between two brahmanas, between a brahmana and his sacrificial fire, between a wife and her husband, a master and his servant, and a plough and an ox.
A father who is a chronic debtor, an adulterous mother, a beautiful wife, and an unlearned son are enemies in one's own home.
The Goddess of wealth is unsteady, and so is the life breath. The duration of life is uncertain, and the place of habitation is uncertain; but in all this inconsistent world religious merit alone is immovable.
Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, comes of Her own accord where fools are not respected, grain is well stored up, and the husband and wife do not quarrel.
Trees on a riverbank, a woman in another man's house, and kings without counselors go without doubt to swift destruction.
Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is a crane among swans, so are ignorant sons in a public assembly
Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, woman, and members of a royal family.
A wicked wife, a false friend, a saucy servant and living in a house with a serpent in it are nothing but death.
It is better to have only one son endowed with good qualities than a hundred devoid of them. For the moon though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, do not.
As water collected in a tank gets pure by filtration, so accumulated wealth is preserved by being employed in charity
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.
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.
There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.
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.
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
O wise man! Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.
The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.
Education is the Best Friend. An Educated Person is Respected Everywhere. Education beats the Beauty and the Youth.
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no Friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. If you cannot keep secret with you , do not expect that other will keep it. ! It will destroy you.
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.
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.
Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions : Why am I doing it, What thebresults might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.