7 quotes by Chanakya that'll help us glide through tough times!

Updated: Jul 30, 2021


Chanakya was an ancient Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kautilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, then Arthashastra, a text dated to roughly around 3rd century BC.

Chanakya is regarded as a great thinker and diplomat in India. Many Indian nationalists regard him as one of the earliest people who envisioned a united India spanning the entire subcontinent. India's former National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon praised Chanakya's Arthashastra for its precise and timeless descriptions of power. Furthermore, he recommended reading of the book for broadening the vision on strategic issues. Chanakya assisted the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta in his rise to power. He is widely credited for having played an important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire.


Here are below some quotes that give us a glimpse of his philosophy or better said Nitis that can still guide us towards a stronger mind and a successful life.


1."Never settle for anything less than what you deserve. It’s not pride, it’s self-respect.” ~ Chanakya


2."It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom.” ~ Chanakya


3.“There are two ways to deal with thorns and wicked people. One is to crush them, and the other is to stay away from them.” ~ Chanakya


4."For the moon, though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, cannot.” ~ Chanakya


5."Learn from the mistakes of others .. you cant live long enough to make them all yourseves".~ Chanakya


6.“Just as a mirror reflects as a man’s face, his personality is reflected in his choice of friends. One must always be careful in forming friendships and acquaintances, for one’s friends, are in a way, an extension of one’s inner inclinations and tendencies.” ~ Chanakya


7.“No one can defeat a powerful mind.” ~ Chanakya


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