Quotes by: A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.
Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.
When grand plans for scientific and defence technologies are made, do the people in power think about the sacrifices the people in the laboratories and fields have to make?
Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self-respect. If only the real sense of education could be realized by each individual and carried forward in every field of human activity, the world will be so much a better place to live in.
One of the more difficult tasks for me as president was to decide on the issue of confirming capital punishment awarded by courts... to my surprise... almost all cases which were pending had a social and economic bias.
My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.
Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.
Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is harmony in the house; when there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation; when there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.
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.
What is politics? Political system is equal to development politics plus political politics.
There are a number of women who have brought about immense change in society.
India can live without nuclear weapons. That's our dream, and it should be the dream of the U.S. also.
My 2020 Vision for India is to transform it into a developed nation. That cannot be abstract; it is a lifeline.
To become 'unique,' the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination.
There is not enough funding for basic sciences in India. We have to invest in a big way, and I am pushing that idea.
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.