If Chanakya lived today, people will just deride him as pessimistic, crooked, wily, etc.
A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and Honest people are victimized first. --applies even outside politics. Look at road accidents, majority of the people killed were just following the law when some duffer drove either drunk or rashly or both.
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no Friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth. --What will proponents of the "unsinkable ship" say?? There's a reason why USA is best friends with Pakistan ;-) and why Thirumavalavan is friends with Ramadas?
As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
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.
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction. --so does the stench of corruption in India.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth. --!!!
Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends. --advice to all dads, old and new.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.