Chanakya (c. 4th century BCE) was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra. As such, he is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India, and his work is thought of as an important precursor to classical economics.
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Who is there who having become rich has not become proud? What licentious man has put an end to his calamities? What man in this world has not been overcome by a woman? Who is always loved by the king?
There are many ways of binding by which one can be dominated and controlled in this world but the bond of affection is the strongest. For example take the case of the humble bee which although expert at piercing hardened wood becomes caught in the embrace of its beloved flowers (as the petals close at dusk).
For want of discernment the most precious jewels lie in the dust at the feet of men while bits of glass are worn on their heads. But we should not imagine that the gems have sunk in value and the bits of glass have risen in importance. When a person of critical judgement shall appear each will be given its right position.
A man is great by deeds not by birth.
What good can the scriptures do to a man who has no sense of his own? Of what use is as mirror to a blind man?
What is too heavy for the strong and what place is too distant for those who put forth effort?
Whores don't live in company of poor men citizens never support a weak company and birds don't build nests on a tree that doesn't bear fruits.
A single son endowed with good qualities is far better than a hundred devoid of them.
A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
To have ability for eating when dishes are ready at hand to be robust and virile in the company of one's religiously wedded wife and to have a mind for making charity when one is prosperous are the fruits of no ordinary austerities.