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Quotes of the day: Indira Gandhi

Published Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 7:46 PM EST
Nov 18 2014

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (November 19, 1917 –October 31, 1984) was the third Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, is the second-longest- serving Prime Minister of India and the only woman to hold the office (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A nation's strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others.

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

I do not like carving the world into segments; we are one world.

I don't mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die today every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation. (The night before her assassination)

Martyrdom does not end something, it is only a beginning.

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.

One must beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money.

People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.

There are moments in history when brooding tragedy and its dark shadows can be lightened by recalling great moments of the past.

There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.

To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality.

What do you want me to do? I'm surrounded by a bunch of idiots. And democracy...

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

We should not mourn for men of high ideals. Rather we should rejoice that we had the privilege of having had them with us, to inspire us by their radiant personalities.


(November 19 is also the birthday of Billy Sunday.)

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