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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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.

He who loses his money is forsaken by his friends his wife his servants and his relations, yet when he regains his riches those who have forsaken him come back to him. Hence wealth is certainly the best of relations.

O lady why are you gazing downward? Has something of yours fallen on the ground? (She replies) O fool can you not understand the pearl of my youth has slipped away?

Charity puts and end to poverty, righteous conduct to misery, discretion to ignorance, and scrutiny to fear.

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.

As a whole forest becomes fragrant by the existence of a single tree with sweet-smelling blossoms in it, so a family becomes famous by the birth of a virtuous son.

As a single withered tree if set aflame causes a whole forest to burn so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.

He who forsakes his own community and joins another perishes as the king who embraces an unrighteous path.

The house of a childless person is a void all directions are void to one who has no relatives the heart of a fool is also void but to a poverty stricken man all is void.

Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies, for as is a crane among swans so are ignorant so are ignorant sons in a public assembly.

He who runs away from a fearful calamity a foreign invasion a terrible famine and the companionship of wicked men is safe.

If one has a good disposition what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame what is the value of other ornamentation?

A man's descent may be discerned by his conduct, his country by his pronunciation of language, his friendship by his warmth and glow, and his capacity to eat by his body.

Those who are destitute of learning penance knowledge good disposition virtue and benevolence are brutes wandering the earth in the form of men. They are burdensome to the earth.

Rain which falls upon the sea is useless, so is food for one who is satiated, in vain is a gift for one who is wealthy, and a burning lamp during the daytime is useless.

By preparing a garland for a Deity with one's own hand, by grinding sandal paste for the Lord with one's own hand, and by writing sacred texts with one's own hand - one becomes blessed with opulence equal to that of Indra.

If a man should feel before as he feels after repentance -- then who would not attain perfection?

Brass is polished by ashes, copper is cleaned by tamarind, a woman by her menses, and a river by its flow.

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.

Offspring friends and relatives flee from a devotee of the Lord: yet those who follow him bring merit to their families through their devotion.

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