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Quotes of the day: Jawaharlal Nehru

Published Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 5:14 AM EST
Nov 14 2013

Jawaharlal Nehru (November 14, 1889 - May 27, 1964) was the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century. He emerged as the paramount leader of the Indian Independence Movement under the tutelage of Mahatma Gandhi and ruled India from its establishment as an independent nation in 1947 until his death in office in 1964. Nehru is considered to be the architect of the modern Indian nation-state; a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

America is a country no one should go to for the first time.

Because we have sought to cover up past evil, though it still persists, we have been powerless to check the new evil of today. Evil unchecked grows, Evil tolerated poisons the whole system.

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

Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. So we are forced to accept democracy. It has good points and also bad. But merely saying that democracy will solve all problems is utterly wrong. Problems are solved by intelligence and hard work.

Essentially I am interested in this world, in this life, not in some other world or future life.

Even if God exists, it may be desirable not to look up to Him or to rely upon Him. Too much dependence on supernatural forces may lead, and has often led, to loss of self-reliance in man, and to a blunting of his capacity and creative ability.

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

Great causes and little men go ill together.

If you let victory become the end in itself then you've gone astray and forgotten what you were originally fighting about.

Ignorance is always afraid of change.

India is supposed to be a religious country above everything else, and Hindu and Muslim and Sikh and others take pride in their faiths and testify to their truth by breaking heads.

It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.

Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us.

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

Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.

Religion merges into mysticism and metaphysics and philosophy. There have been great mystics, attractive figures, who cannot easily be disposed of as self-deluded fools. Yet, mysticism (in the narrow sense of the word) irritates me; it appears to be vague and soft and flabby, not a rigorous discipline of the mind but a surrender of mental faculties and living in a sea of emotional experience. The experience may lead occasionally to some insight into inner and less obvious processes, but it is also likely to lead to self-delusion.

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

The law of life should not be competition or acquisitiveness but cooperation, the good of each contributing to the good of all.

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.

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 world of today has achieved much, but for all its declared love for humanity, it has based itself far more on hatred and violence than on the virtues that make one human.

Theoretical approaches have their place and are, I suppose, essential but a theory must be tempered with reality.

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.

Ultimately what we really are matters more than what other people think of us.

We must constantly remind ourselves that whatever our religion or creed, we are all one people.

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.

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