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APJ Abdul Kalam birth anniversary: 15 quotes that will inspire you for life


APJ Abdul Kalam

Also known as ‘People’s President’ and ‘Missile Man of India’ Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. He was felicitated with Padma Bhushan (1981), the Padma Vibhushan (1990), and Bharat Ratna (1997). In 2002, he was elected as the 11th President of India and served the term till 2007. After serving a term as the President, he returned to what he always liked ‘teaching’. Tragically, Dr Kalam passed away while delivering a lecture at the IIM Shillong. In 2010, the United Nations declared his birth anniversary as ‘World Student’s Day’. He has been a source of inspiration throughout his life. 2017 marks the 87th birth anniversary of Dr Kalam. Here are 15 quotes by Dr Kalam that will inspire you for life.

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

  • Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.

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

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

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

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

  • Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.

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

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

  • The economy forced me to become a vegetarian, but I finally start liking it.

  • For me, there is no such thing as a negative experience.

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

  • Small aim is a crime.

  • For me, there are two types of people: the young and the experienced.

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