Thoughts and Quotes of Chanakya about Friendship as explained by Barry Nirmal
“There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.”
A wicked wife, a false friend, a saucy servant and living in a house with a serpent in it are nothing but death.
“Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.”
Do not inhabit a country where you are not respected, cannot earn your livelihood, have no friends, or cannot acquire knowledge.
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
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 (smasana).
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.
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.
He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious, whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.
Friendship between equals flourishes, service under a king is respectable, it is good to be business-minded in public dealings, and a beautiful lady is safe in her own home.
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.
A wise man should contemplate again and again the following: What is this time like for me? Who are my friends? What kind of place is this where I live? Who am I? What is my power or capability? What is my income and expenses?
It is better to be without a kingdom than to rule over a petty one; better to be without a friend than to befriend a rascal; better to be without a disciple than to have a stupid one; and better to be without a wife than to have a bad one.
How can people be made happy in a petty kingdom? What peace can we expect from a rascal friend? What happiness can we have at home in the company of a bad wife? How can renown be gained by instructing an unworthy disciple?
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