Quotes by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.
Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.
If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.
Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.
No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.
We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage.
We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream!
Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.
For me, there is no such thing as a negative experience.
In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.
When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.
Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?
Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.
Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.
The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise… Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers.
Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.
Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence.
Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.
You have to before your dreams can come true.
In a democracy, the well-being, individuality and happiness of every citizen is important for the overall prosperity, peace and happiness of the nation.
Ultimately, education in its real sense is the pursuit of truth. It is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment.
Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
Writing is my love. If you love something, you find a lot of The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers.
I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success.
I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.
God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.
To become ‘unique,’ the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination.
You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.
Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.
Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.
Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.
To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.
We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.
Small aim is a crime; have great aim.
Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.
Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.
What is politics? Political system is equal to development politics plus political politics.
One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.
Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? Is it a legacy of our colonial years? We want foreign television sets. We want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported?
My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.
My 2020 Vision for India is to transform it into a developed nation. That cannot be abstract; it is a lifeline.
Where do the evils like corruption arise from? It comes from the never-ending greed. The fight for corruption-free ethical society will have to be fought against this greed and replace it with ‘what can I give’ spirit.
Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self-respect. If only the real sense of education could be realized by each individual and carried forward in every field of human activity, the world will be so much a better place to live in.
There are a number of women who have brought about immense change in society.
India has to be transformed into a developed nation, a prosperous nation and a healthy nation, with a value system.
Science is global. Einstein’s equation, E=mc2, has to reach everywhere. Science is a beautiful gift to humanity, we should not distort it. Science does not differentiate between multiple races.
For 2,500 years, India has never invaded anybody.
It’s when children are 15, 16 or 17 that they decide whether they want to be a doctor, an
I have met 18 million youth, and each wants to be unique.
The wealth of information now available at the click of a finger amazes me.
Wherever I go, as long as I get a hot vegetable dish, I am okay. If I am in Gujarat, I have Gujarati food. If it’s Shillong, it’s northeastern.
We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.
Small aim is a crime. Building capacity dissolves differences. It irons out inequalities.
Economy forced me to become a vegetarian, but I finally starting liking it.
India can live without nuclear weapons. That’s our dream, and it should be the dream of the U.S. also.
I was in high school when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled India’s flag in New Delhi.
While children are struggling to be unique, the world around them is trying all means to make them look like everybody else.
When a nation is surrounded by weaponized nations, she has to equip herself.
My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.
One of the more difficult tasks for me as president was to decide on the issue of confirming capital punishment awarded by courts… to my surprise… almost all cases which were pending had a social and economic bias.
It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.
Today, India is a nuclear weapons state.
My hair grows and grows; you cannot stop it – that fellow grows, it grows wild.
There has to be a global mission of human progress.
We must get rid of fossil fuels by developing injection systems for automobiles, which can run on bio-fuel.
There is not enough funding for basic sciences in India. We have to invest in a big way, and
I am pushing that idea.
I was a disadvantaged child from a non-educated family, yet I had the advantage of being in the company of great teachers.
Today, India consumes about 682 watts per capita, far lesser than developed nations. As India develops, it will definitely require a lot more energy.
Measuring nuclear yield depends on multiple parameters – the location and number of instruments, the geology of the area, the location of the seismic station in relation to the test site.
The President’s post should not be politicised. Once a president is elected, he is above politics.
The Bay of Bengal is hit frequently by cyclones. The months of November and May, I love the sea.
All the scientists and technologists should work in appropriate region, specifically the rural technologies, to transform Indian rural sector.
All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence.
India’s trade deficit is because of excess of import over exports.
The world has today 546 nuclear plants generating electricity. Their experience is being continuously researched, and feedback should be provided to all. Nuclear scientists have to interact with the people of the nation, and academic institutions continuously update nuclear power generation technology and safety.
New markets could be created by rural potentials, which could lead to rise in the employment.
For success of any mission, it is necessary to have creative leadership. Creative leadership is vital for government, non-governmental organisations as well as for industries.
I’m not an expert on the arms race.
How accurately can the law fix the crime? There has to be a mechanism for very fast action. The law is like this: catch them and punish them.
One lesson that every nation can learn from China is to focus more on creating village-level enterprises, quality health services and educational facilities.
We should remember that there are nations which meet more than 30 to 60% of their power requirements through the nuclear power system.
Over the years, I had nurtured the hope to be able to fly; to handle a machine as it rose higher and higher in the stratosphere was my dearest dream.
Nations consist of people. And with their effort, a nation can accomplish all it could ever want.
Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
Rameswaram has, since antiquity, been an important pilgrimage destination.
When grand plans for scientific and defence technologies are made, do the people in power think about the sacrifices the people in the laboratories and fields have to make?
An economically peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka is the dream of youth of the nation. My message for the youth is to collectively work for an inclusively developed Sri Lanka.