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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There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.

Generosity pleasing address courage and propriety of conduct are not acquired but are inbred qualities.

A father who is a chronic debtor, an adulterous mothe,r a beautiful wife, and an unlearned son are enemies (in one's own home).

The beauty of a cuckoo is in its notes that of a woman in her unalloyed devotion to her husband that of an ugly person in his scholarship and that of an ascetic in his forgiveness.

One single object (a woman) appears in three different ways: to the man who practices austerity it appears as a corpse to the sensual it appears as a woman and to the dogs as a lump of flesh.

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.

There are two ways to get rid of thorns and wicked persons, using footwear in the first case and in the second shaming them so that they cannot raise their faces again thus keeping them at a distance.

Even a pandit comes to grief by giving instruction to a foolish disciple by maintaining a wicked wife and by excessive familiarity with the miserable.

When one is consumed by the sorrows of life three things give him relief: offspring a wife and the company of the Lord's devotees.

Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.

The learned are envied by the foolish, rich men by the poor, chaste women by adulteresses, and beautiful ladies by ugly ones.

They alone are sons who are devoted to their father. He is a father who supports his sons. He is a friend in whom we can confide and she only is a wife in whose company the husband feels contented and peaceful.

A blade of grass is light cotton, is lighter the beggar, is infinitely lighter still. Why then does not the wind carry him away? Because it fears that he may ask alms of him.

There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind and there is no happiness equal to contentment, there is no disease like covetousness and no virtue like mercy.

Excessive attachment to sense pleasures leads to bondage and detachment from sense pleasures leads to liberation, therefore it is the mind alone that is responsible for bondage or liberation.

Scriptural lessons not put into practice are poison, a meal is poison to him who suffers from indigestion, a social gathering is poison to a poverty stricken person, and a young wife is poison to an aged man.

One destitute of wealth is not destitute he is indeed rich (if he is learned), but the man devoid of learning is destitute in every way.

Time perfects all living beings as well as kills them, it alone is awake when all others are asleep. Time is insurmountable.

Even if a snake is not poisonous it should pretend to be venomous.

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.

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