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Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

Most Famous Quotes by Jawahar Lal Nehru


Most Famous Quotes by Jawahar Lal Nehru


Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889–27 May 1964) was an Indian statesman who was the first prime minister of India, from 1947 until 1964.


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


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.


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


Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.




Every little thing counts in a crisis.


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


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


Great causes and little men go ill together.


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


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.


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


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 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 policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.


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


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


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.


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.


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.
Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

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


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Most Famous Quotes By Jawahar Lal Nehru


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Most Famous Quotes by Jawahar Lal Nehru
Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889–27 May 1964) was an Indian statesman who was the first prime minister of India, from 1947 until 1964.


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




“There is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action.”

 

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


 

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

 

“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.”

 

“It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, or a rich country inhabited by starving people... Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid... The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.”


 

“India has known the innocence and insouciance of childhood, the passion
and abandon of youth, and the ripe wisdom of maturity that comes from long experience of pain and pleasure; and over and over a gain she has renewed her childhood and youth and age”
, The Discovery of India

 

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

 

“A language is something infinitely greater than grammar and philology. It is the poetic testament of the genius of a race and a culture, and the living embodiment of the thoughts and fancies
that have moulded them”
, The Discovery of India


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

 

“What the mysterious is I do not know. I do not call it God because God has come to mean much that I do not believe in. I find myself incapable of thinking of a deity or of any unknown supreme power in anthropomorphic terms, and the fact that many people think so is continually a source of surprise to me. Any idea of a personal God seems very odd to me.”
, An Autobiography with Musings on Recent Events in India

 

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

 

“The best and noblest gifts of humanity cannot be the monopoly of a particular race or country; its scope may not be limited nor may it be regarded as the miser's hoard buried underground.”
, The Discovery of India
 

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

 

“There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
, Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru, Vol , Part ,  October, -  February 

 

“We have all become wayfarers and travellers marching on and on ....Yet,for those who can adapt themselves to this continuous journeying,there is no regret and they would not have it otherwise.A reture to the dull uneventful past is unthinkable.”

 

“The ideals and objectives of yesterday was still ideals of today, but they lost some of their luster and even, as one seemed to go towards them, they lost the shining beauty which had warmed the heart and vitalized the body. Evil triumphed often enough, but what was far worse was the coarsening and distortion of what seemed so right. Was human nature so essentially bad that it would take ages of training ,through suffering and misfortune, before it could behave reasonably and raise man above the creature of lust and violence and deceit that he now was? And, meanwhile , was every effort to change radically in the present or the near future doomed to failure”
, The Discovery of India
 

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

 

“Without that passion and urge, there is a gradual oozing out of hope and vitality, a settling down on lower levels of existence, a slow merging into non-existence. We become prisoners of the past and some part of its immobility sticks to us.”
, The Discovery of India
 

“There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open”

 

“I wish to declare with all earnestness that I do not want any religious ceremonies performed for me after my death. I do not believe in such ceremonies, and to submit to them, even as a matter of form, would be hypocrisy and an attempt to delude ourselves and others.”


 

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

 

“The spectacle of what is called religion, or at any rate organised religion, in India and elsewhere, has filled me with horror and I have frequently condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always it seemed to stand for blind belief and reaction, dogma and bigotry, superstition, exploitation and the preservation of vested interests.”



“Fine buildings, fine pictures and books and everything that is beautiful are certainly signs of civilization. But an even better sign is a fine man who is unselfish and works with others for the good of all. To work together is better than to work singly, and to work together for the common good is best of all.”

 

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


 

“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.”
 
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