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Top 30 quotes of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015), 11th President of India, People’s President, Missile Scientist, Bharat Ratna recipient, Inspiration to youth, is no more. Suffering a major cardiac arrest while giving a lecture at IIM Shillong on Monday evening (27.7.15), he passed away. He was 84. A 7 day state mourning has been declared. His last rites shall be performed in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam had three visions for India

1) Vision of Freedom

Our nation has witnessed invasion & capturing of our lands. Starting from Alexander, the Greeks, the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Dutch came and took what was ours. We have never conquered any other nation.
"I believe that India got its first vision of this in 1857, when we started the war of independence. It is this freedom that we must protect and nurture and build on. If we are not free, no one will respect us."

2) Vision of Development

"For fifty years we have been a developing nation. It is time we see ourselves as a developed nation. We are among the top 5 nations of the world in terms of GDP. We have 10 percent growth rate in most areas. Our poverty levels are falling, our achievements are being globally recognized today. Yet we lack the self-confidence to see ourselves as a developed nation, self reliant and self assured."

3) Vision of India standing up to the world

"I believe that unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. Only strength respects strength.
We must be strong not only as a military power but also as an economic power. Both must go hand-in-hand."

Writing is my love. If you love something you find a lot of time. I write for two hours a day usually starting at midnight; at times I start at 11.

If we are not free no one will respect us.

The President's post should not be politicised. Once a president is elected he is above politics.

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

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

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

India's trade deficit is because of excess of import over exports.

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

Great teachers emanate out of knowledge passion and compassion.

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

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

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

I have met 18 million youth and each wants to be unique.

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

There is not enough funding for basic sciences in India. We have to invest in a big way and I am pushing that idea.

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

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

Sometimes it's better to bunk a class and enjoy with friends because now when I look back marks never make me laugh but memories do.

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

There are a number of women who have brought about immense change in society.

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

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.

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

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

One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.

Nations consist of people. And with their effort a nation can accomplish all it could ever want.

Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.

As a child of God I am greater than anything that can happen to me.

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