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All Quotes by author - Chanakya
" 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. "
" A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode. "
" A man is great by deeds, not by birth. "
" A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first. "
" As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family. "
" As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant, try to save your soul; when death is immanent what can you do? "
" As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it. "
" 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. "
" Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person. "
" Do not be very upright in your dealings for you would see by going to the forest that straight trees are cut down while crooked ones are left standing. "
" Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution. "
" Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth. "
" Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous. "
" God doesn't dwell in the wooden, stony or earthen idols. His abode is in our feelings, our thoughts. "
" 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. "
" He who lives in our mind is near though he may actually be far away; but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby. "
" If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation? "
" 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. "
" Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform. "
" Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune. "
" The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you. "
" The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth. "
" The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions. "
" The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there. "
" 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. "
" The one excellent thing that can be learned from a lion is that whatever a man intends doing should be done by him with a whole-hearted and strenuous effort. "
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