A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous A. P. J. Abdul Kalam quotes and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam sayings, and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015), was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned statesman, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space programme and military missile development efforts.

"Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness."

"You have to dream before your dreams can come true."

"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."

"The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation."

"Small aim is a crime; have great aim."

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

"To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal."

"Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it."

"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 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."

"Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow."

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

"Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended."

"The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers."

"Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level."

"India should walk on her own shadow – we must have our own development model."

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

"My hair grows and grows; you cannot stop it – that fellow grows, it grows wild."

"War is never a lasting solution for any problem."

"Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success."

"Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident."

"If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved."

"Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow."

"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."

"Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person."

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

"Economy forced me to become a vegetarian, but I finally starting liking it."

"Rameswaram has, since antiquity, been an important pilgrimage destination."

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