November 30, 2016

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

“A great disaster is a symbol to us to remember all the big things of life and forget the small things of which we have thought too much. In his death he has reminded us of the big things of life, the living truth, and if we remember that, then it will be well with India.”

“A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.”

“A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long suppressed finds utterance.”

“A theory must be tempered with reality.”

“Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction.”

“Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends. Life is not all logic, and those ends will have to be varied from time to time to fit in with it, but some end must always be clearly envisaged.”

“America is a country no one should go to for the first time.”

“At the stroke of the midnight hour, while the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”

“Citizenship consists in the service of the country.”

“Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.”

“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”

“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit. It is never a narrowing of the mind or a restriction of the human spirit or the country’s spirit.”

“Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself.”

“Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. So we are forced to accept democracy. It has good points and also bad. But merely saying that democracy will solve all problems is utterly wrong. Problems are solved by intelligence and hard work.”

“Essentially I am interested in this world, in this life, not in some other world or future life. Whether there is such a thing as soul, or whether there is survival after death or not, I do not know; and important as these questions are, they do not trouble me the least.”

“Every little thing counts in a crisis and we want our weight felt and our voice heard in quarters which are for the avoidance of world conflict.”

“Evil unchecked grows, evil tolerated poisons the whole system.”

“Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.”

“Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.”

“Freedom and power bring responsibility.”

“Friends and Comrades, the light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere. I do not know what to tell you and how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the Father of the Nation, is no more.”

“History is almost always written by the victors and conquerors and gives their view. Or, at any rate, the victors’ version is given prominence and holds the field.”

“I am getting old and the sign of old age is that I begin to philosophize and ponder over problems which should not be my concern at all.”

“I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West, out of place everywhere, at home nowhere.”

“If in the modern world wars have unfortunately to be fought (and they do, it seems) then they must be stopped at the first possible moment, otherwise they corrupt us, they create new problems and make our future even more uncertain. That is more than morality; it’s sense.”

“Ignorance is always afraid of change.”

“It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.”

“It is the habit of every aggressor nation to claim that it is acting on the defensive.”

“Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us.”

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.”

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.”

“Logic and cold reason are poor weapons to fight fear and distrust. Only faith and generosity can overcome them.”

“Loyal and efficient work in a great cause, even though it may not be immediately recognized, ultimately bears fruit.”

“Most of us seldom take the trouble to think. It is a troublesome and fatiguing process and often leads to uncomfortable conclusions. But crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.”

“Obviously, the highest type of efficiency is that which can utilize existing material to the best advantage.”

“Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.”

“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.”

“Socialism is… not only a way of life, but a certain scientific approach to social and economic problems.”

“The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.”

“The basic fact of today is the tremendous pace of change in human life.”

“The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”

“The man who has gotten everything he wants is all in favor of peace and order.”

“The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.”

“The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly.”

“The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.”

“The purely agitational attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.”

“The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down.”

“Theoretical approaches have their place and are, I suppose, essential but a theory must be tempered with reality.”

“There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear.”

“They fought because they were paid for it; they were not interested very much in the conquest of Greece. The Athenians on the other hand, fought for their freedom. They preferred to die rather than lose their freedom, and those who are prepared to die for any cause are seldom defeated.”

“Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.”

“To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.”

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

“What we really are matters more than what other people think of us.”

“Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place, we cannot be and shall not be neutral.”

“Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes.”

“You don’t change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.”