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চাণক্যর কিছু উল্লেখযোগ্য উক্তি

  • A friend, even if he be the enemy’s son, should be protected.
  • A human being should strive for four things in life– dharma (duty), artha (money), kama (pleasure) and moksha (salvation). A person who hasn’t striven for even one of these things has wasted life.
  • A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
  • A ruler with an inflated ego and arrogance cannot be a good ruler. If he gets down to solving the people’s problems, he has to become humble to succeed.
  • A thing may be dreaded as long as it has not overtaken you, but once it has come upon you, try to get rid of it without hesitation.
  • All the actions and plans begin with counsel.
  • Avoid him who tries to talk sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher full of poison with milk on top.
  • Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions– Why I am 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.
  • Consider again and again the following: the right time, the right friends, the right place, the right means of income, the right ways of spending, and from whom you derive your power.
  • Do not put your trust in a bad companion nor even trust an ordinary friend, for if he should get angry with you, he may bring all your secrets to light.
  • Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
  • Economic prosperity of the state creates prosperity for the people Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats beauty and youth.
  • Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
  • Give up a member to save a family, a family to save a village, a village to save a country, and the country to save yourself.
  • God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your God. The soul is your temple.
  • Good behavior wins even an enemy.
  • He is a true friend who does not forsake us in time of need, misfortune, famine, or war, in a king’s court, or at the crematorium He who has wealth has friends.
  • If a king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. If he is reckless, they will not only be reckless likewise, but also eat into his works.
    ● It is better to be without a king than [to have] a bad one.
  • It is not possible to take decision without an adviser It is the mind of man alone that is the cause of his bondage or freedom.
  • Knower of the means makes impossible tasks also possible.
  • Love is indicated by deeds (and not by words) Methods and Techniques of governance can be learnt from the texts but the wisdom of the aged and experienced provides accurate practical knowledge. When the theory and practice come together, it is called Wisdom.
  • Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendship will never give you any happiness.
  • No one should ever be disrespected.
  • Once the ruler has conquered his desires, He becomes wise and strong enough to conquer others.

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