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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Contentment with little or nothing to eat although one may have a great appetite, to awaken instantly although one may be in a deep slumber, unflinching devotion to the master, and bravery, these six qualities should be learned from the dog.
Knowledge is lost without putting it into practice, a man is lost due to ignorance, an army is lost without a commander, and a woman is lost without a husband.
A mountain is broken even by a thunderbolt: is the thunderbolt therefore as big as the mountain? No he whose power prevails is really mighty, what is there in bulk?
He who nurtures benevolence for all creatures within his heart overcomes all difficulties and will be the recipient of all types of riches at every step.
Union in privacy (with one's wife), boldness, storing away useful items, watchfulness, and not easily trusting others, these five things are to be learned from a crow.
I consider him who does not act religiously as dead though living but he who dies acting religiously unquestionably lives long though he is dead.
What good is a cow that neither gives milk nor conceives? Similarly what is the value of the birth of a son if he becomes neither learned nor a pure devotee of the Lord?
How can he who seeks sense gratification acquire knowledge and he who possesses knowledge enjoy mundane sense pleasure?
Separation from the wife disgrace from one's own people an enemy saved in battle service to a wicked king poverty and a mismanaged assembly: these six kinds of evils if afflicting a person burn him even without fire.