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Quotes by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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Wikipedia Summary for A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was an Indian aerospace scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He 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. He thus came to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. He also played a pivotal organisational, technical, and political role in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.

Kalam was elected as the 11th President of India in 2002 with the support of both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the then-opposition Indian National Congress. Widely referred to as the "People's President", he returned to his civilian life of education, writing and public service after a single term. He was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.

While delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Kalam collapsed and died from an apparent cardiac arrest on 27 July 2015, aged 83. Thousands, including national-level dignitaries, attended the funeral ceremony held in his hometown of Rameswaram, where he was buried with full state honours.


There are forces in life working for you and against you. One must distinguish the beneficial forces from the malevolent ones and choose correctly between them.



Without your involvement you can't succeed. With your involvement you can't fail.



My impression of the American people can be summarized by a quotation from Benjamin Franklin, Those things that hurt instruct! I realised that people in this part of the world meet their problems head on. They attempt to get out of them rather than suffer them.



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



Let not thy winged days be spent in vain. Whenonce gone no gold can buy them back again.



Developing nations want to become developed nations.



For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool.



Pondering must turn out to be your cash asset, regardless of whichever ups and downs you occur throughout in the everyday living.



Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.



Success is when your signature becomes an autograph.



Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.



It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.



Don't take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.



IF you Salute your work, You do not have to salute anybody.
IF you pollute your work, You have to salute everybody.



Total commitment is the common denominator among all successful men and women.



When you speak, speak the truth; perform when you promise; discharge your trust... Withhold your hands from striking, and from taking that which is unlawful and bad.



When mother is happy, family is happy. When family is happy, nation is happy.



All birds find shelter during a rain. But eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds. Problems are common, but attitude makes the difference.



If you are born with fame, it is an accident. If you die with fame, it is an achievement.



We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.



If you want to shine like sun, first you have to burn like it.



Be active! Take on responsibility! Work for the things you believe in. If you do not, you are surrendering your fate to others.



Thinking is progress. Non-thinking is stagnation of the individual, organisation and the country. Thinking leads to action. Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant. Knowledge with action, converts adversity into prosperity.



Adversity always presents opportunities for introspection.



I'm not a handsome guy, but I can give my hand to someone who needs help. Beauty is in the heart, not in the face.



The Earth is the most powerful and energetic planet.



One best book is equal to hundred good friends but one good friend is equal to a library.



To live only for some unknown future is superficial.



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 we are not free, no one will respect us.



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


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