Abdul Kalam

Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned statesman, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering.

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

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.

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.

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

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

My message especially to young people is to have courage to think differently courage to invent to travel the unexplored path courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.

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

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

Developing nations want to become developed nations.

I love the sea.

India can live without nuclear weapons. That's our dream and it should be the dream of the U.S. also.

God our Creator has stored within our minds and personalities great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.

India has to be transformed into a developed nation, a prosperous nation, and a healthy nation with a value system.

Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and in some parts of the world even violence.

Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.

One lesson that every nation can learn from China is to focus more on creating village-level enterprises quality health services and educational facilities.

I'm not an expert on the arms race.

Unless India stands up to the world no one will respect us. In this world fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.

Climbing to the top demands strength whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

India should walk on her own shadow - we must have our own development model.

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

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father the mother and the teacher.

Every nation has to follow a certain policy: Commercial trade various other types of policies.

We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage.

It means people who are in high and responsible positions if they go against righteousness righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.

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

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

In India we only read about death sickness terrorism crime.

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.

Today India consumes about 682 watts per capita far lesser than developed nations. As India develops it will definitely require a lot more energy.

We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land their culture their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.

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

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.

If we are not free no one will respect us.

How accurately can the law fix the crime? There has to be a mechanism for very fast action. The law is like this: catch them and punish them.

Science is global. Einstein's equation E=mc2 has to reach everywhere. Science is a beautiful gift to humanity we should not distort it. Science does not differentiate between multiple races.

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

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

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?

Why are we as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? Is it a legacy of our colonial years? We want foreign television sets. We want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported?

When a nation is surrounded by weaponized nations she has to equip herself.

No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.

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