A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

A.P.J Abdul Kalam was one of the most celebrated Indian scientists, writers, and political leaders of our time. A recipient of India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, he was also known as a great teacher and mentor. He was also an inspiring speaker and writer, with words that touched people’s hearts and motivated them to do their best. Here are some of the best quotes from A.P.J Abdul Kalam that will inspire you to achieve your goals.

  • The wealth of information now available at the click of a finger amazes me.

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  • Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • I have met 18 million youth, and each wants to be unique.

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  • Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.

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  • While children are struggling to be unique, the world around them is trying all means to make them look like everybody else.

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  • India has to be transformed into a developed nation, a prosperous nation and a healthy nation, with a value system.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • One lesson that every nation can learn from China is to focus more on creating village-level enterprises, quality health services and educational facilities.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • What is politics? Political system is equal to development politics plus political politics.

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  • Small aim is a crime; have great aim.

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  • Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

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  • To become ‘unique,’ the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination.

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  • Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.

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  • I was in high school when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled India’s flag in New Delhi.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Science has revealed that the human body is made up of millions and millions of atoms… For example, I am made up of 5.8×10 27 atoms.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • The Bay of Bengal is hit frequently by cyclones. The months of November and May, in particular, are dangerous in this regard.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.

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  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise… Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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?

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Rameswaram has, since antiquity, been an important pilgrimage destination.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • When I took over as president, I studied the Constitution, and the more I studied it, the more I realised that it does not prevent the president of India from giving the nation a vision. So when I went and presented this vision in Parliament and in legislative assemblies; everyone welcomed it, irrespective of party affiliations.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.

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  • When you look at the light bulb above you, you remember Thomas Alva Edison. When the telephone bell rings, you remember Alexander Graham Bell. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. When you see the blue sky, you think of Sir C.V. Raman.

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  • Nations consist of people. And with their effort, a nation can accomplish all it could ever want.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Today, India is a nuclear weapons state.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Building capacity dissolves differences. It irons out inequalities.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Regarding marriage, it – somehow, it didn’t happen. One fellow in such a big family not getting married is not an issue.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • My 2020 Vision for India is to transform it into a developed nation. That cannot be abstract; it is a lifeline.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream!

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • I was a disadvantaged child from a non-educated family, yet I had the advantage of being in the company of great teachers.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • When a nation is surrounded by weaponized nations, she has to equip herself.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • If we are not free, no one will respect us.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • I’m not an expert on the arms race.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • My hair grows and grows; you cannot stop it – that fellow grows, it grows wild.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • For me, there are two types of people: the young and the experienced.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • God is everywhere.

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  • You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • India’s trade deficit is because of excess of import over exports.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • We must get rid of fossil fuels by developing injection systems for automobiles, which can run on bio-fuel.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • I love the sea.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • For 2,500 years, India has never invaded anybody.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • New markets could be created by rural potentials, which could lead to rise in the employment.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is harmony in the house; when there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation; when there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Today, India consumes about 682 watts per capita, far lesser than developed nations. As India develops, it will definitely require a lot more energy.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Small aim is a crime.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • The government, whether state or central, is elected. That means we have a responsibility to elect the right kind of leaders.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Every nation has to follow a certain policy: Commercial, trade, various other types of policies.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • India can live without nuclear weapons. That’s our dream, and it should be the dream of the U.S. also.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.

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  • Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance?

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • All the scientists and technologists should work in appropriate region, specifically the rural technologies, to transform Indian rural sector.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • For me, there is no such thing as a negative experience.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • Developing nations want to become developed nations.

    A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • 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?

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