A. P. J. Abdul Kalam quotes

Born
15 October 1931 Rameswaram, Ramnad District, Madras Presidency, British India.

Died
27 July 2015.

Occupation
President, scientist.

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam better known as A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Listeni 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.

Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

No sanction can stand against ignited minds.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

For me, there are two types of people: the young and the experienced.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

There are a number of women who have brought about immense change in society.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The President’s post should not be politicised. Once a president is elected, he is above politics.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

As a child of God, I am greater than anything that can happen to me.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Medical costs are of concern, both in developing and developed countries.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I love the sea.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Widespread use of antibiotics promotes the spread of antibiotic resistance. Smart use of antibiotics is the key to controlling its spread.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The Bay of Bengal is hit frequently by cyclones. The months of November and May, in particular, are dangerous in this regard.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I’m not an expert on the arms race.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I was a disadvantaged child from a non-educated family, yet I had the advantage of being in the company of great teachers.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

There has to be a global mission of human progress.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The wealth of information now available at the click of a finger amazes me.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise… Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

If we are not free, no one will respect us.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

My 2020 Vision for India is to transform it into a developed nation. That cannot be abstract; it is a lifeline.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Wherever I go, as long as I get a hot vegetable dish, I am okay. If I am in Gujarat, I have Gujarati food. If it’s Shillong, it’s northeastern.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Ultimately, education in its real sense is the pursuit of truth. It is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

It’s when children are 15, 16 or 17 that they decide whether they want to be a doctor, an engineer, a politician or go to the Mars or moon. That is the time they start having a dream, and that’s the time you can work on them. You can help them shape their dreams.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

To become ‘unique,’ the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance?
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream!
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

India’s trade deficit is because of excess of import over exports.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

God is everywhere.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

India can live without nuclear weapons. That’s our dream, and it should be the dream of the U.S. also.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

We should remember that there are nations which meet more than 30 to 60% of their power requirements through the nuclear power system.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Small aim is a crime.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

There is not enough funding for basic sciences in India. We have to invest in a big way, and I am pushing that idea.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.
– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam