Chanakya is traditionally identified as Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta. He was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist, expert in political science, and royal advisor. Here we list the 15 best Chanakya Quotes (Chanakya Niti) that are effective and helpful for entrepreneurs.
Chanakya played an important role in the establishment of the Mauryan Empire in India. Also, he played important role in managing the Mauryan empire and was Chief advisor to both Chandragupta and his son Bindusara.
He authored the ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy, and military strategy, the Arthashastra (the science of wealth). Additionally, he is regarded as a great thinker and diplomat in India. His management thoughts and ideas guided Kings and Rulers for Centuries.
He documented his lifelong work in the book Kautilya’s Arthashastra and his 6000 sutras brought out some of the key principles and strategies for sound governance, which are relevant even today and would be in the future too.
15 Best Chanakya Quotes For Entrepreneurs
#1. Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats beauty and youth.
#2. The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions
#3. A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
#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. There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
#6. Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
#7. As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
#8. If you are looking for knowledge, then give up the hope of finding comfort.
#9. It is silly to counsel the fool and to be in the company of an unhappy person.
#10. Learn from the mistakes of others, you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.
#11. It is better to die than to preserve this life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life causes but a moment’s grief, but disgrace brings grief every day of one’s life.
#12. You should be shameless when it comes to learning something or dealing in business.
#13. 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.
#14. 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.
#15. The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. If you can not keep the secret with you, do not expect that others will keep it. It will destroy you.
We hope the above list of Chanakya quotes will definitely help you to stay strong in the critical situations of your life.