Inspiring Quotes by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was a scientist, scholar, teacher, and the 11TH President of India from 2002 to 2007. He is popularly known as the “Missile Man” because he is the father of India’s missile program. Dr. Kalam was awarded the Bharat Ratna in the year 1997. Dr. Kalam was born on October 15th 1931, in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu. He was the youngest among the four sons and the daughter of Jainulabdeen and Ashiamma. His father, Jainulabdeen, was a fisherman and also worked as an imam at a mosque. His childhood is a story of struggle.

From walking a long distance to his school to distributing newspapers, Dr. Kalam underwent a lot of hardships, but his desire to study and the zeal for hard work made him a bright student. Dr. Kalam successfully graduated in Physics in 1954 from Saint Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapalli, and then went on to study Aerospace Engineering at Madras Institute of Technology.

Dr. Kalam joined DRDO after graduating as an aerospace engineer. He was transferred to ISRO in 1969. At ISRO, he pioneered the development of India’s first satellite launch vehicle, which put the Rohini satellite in orbit. Dr. Kalam played a major role in the development of ballistic missiles for India, such as Agni and Prithvi as the chief executive of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program launched by the Government of India.

From 1992 to 1999, he served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and Secretary of DRDO. He was elected the President of India on July 25th 2002, and served till July 25th, 2007. After relinquishing Presidency, he became a teacher and served as a professor in various institutions such as IIM Indore, IIM Shillong, IIM Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram and many other universities. Dr. Kalam passed away on July 27th, 2015.

Dr. Kalam is revered in India and abroad not only because of his contributions to the field of cutting-edge space and missile technology but also because of his immense wisdom and humbleness. His quotes constitute a treasure trove of knowledge, inspiration, and wisdom. This is the reason why APJ Abdul kalam quotes are very popular among people of all age groups. Dr. Kalam once said that he would like to be remembered as a teacher. His quotes will continue to enlighten generations to come and inspire them to achieve big.

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

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.

We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream!

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?

I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

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

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.

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

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.

If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.

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.

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.

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.

It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.

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.

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.

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.

If we are not free, no one will respect us.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.

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?