A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes...

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (A. P. J. Abdul Kalam) was an aerospace scientist born on 15 October 1931 to a poor Tamil Muslim family in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu (India). Kalam earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology. He served as the 11th President of India during the tenure of 2002 to 2007.

Kalam spent about four decades of his life serving as a scientist in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was intimately involved in India’s space program and Indian military missile development efforts. For his tremendous work on missile development technology, he thus came to be known as the Missile Man of India. Kalam also played a key role in India’s successful Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998.

Kalam was elected as the 11th President of India in 2002. He was better known as “People’s President” and loved by every citizen.

A. P. J Abdul Kalam was a recipient of several prestigious awards including the highest civilian award of India – Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. He wrote some popular books like India 2020 and Wings of Fire.

He died from an apparent cardiac arrest on 27 July 2015, aged 83 while giving a lecture in IIM (Shillong).

The inspiring journey of his life from being a poor man to the President of India will always motivate people in achieving their life goals.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.

- 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

I have met 18 million youth, and each wants to be unique.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

There are a number of women who have brought about immense change in society.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

For success of any mission, it is necessary to have creative leadership. Creative leadership is vital for government, non-governmental organizations as well as for industries.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Regarding marriage, it – somehow, it didn’t happen. One fellow in such a big family not getting married is not an issue.

- 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

All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence.

- 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

What is politics? Political system is equal to development politics plus political politics.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

For me, there are two types of people: the young and the experienced.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Medical costs are of concern, both in developing and developed countries.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

We must get rid of fossil fuels by developing injection systems for automobiles, which can run on bio-fuel.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

My hair grows and grows; you cannot stop it – that fellow grows, it grows wild.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Science has revealed that the human body is made up of millions and millions of atoms… For example, I am made up of 5.8×10 27 atoms.

- 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

An economically peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka is the dream of youth of the nation. My message for the youth is to collectively work for an inclusively developed Sri Lanka.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

God is everywhere.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Nations consist of people. And with their effort, a nation can accomplish all it could ever want.

- 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

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

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

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The President’s post should not be politicized. Once a president is elected, he is above politics.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

A teacher should have a creative mind.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

If we are not free, no one will respect us.

- 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

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

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

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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

- 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

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

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.

- 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

New markets could be created by rural potentials, which could lead to rise in employment.

- 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

Economy forced me to become a vegetarian, but I finally starting liking it.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

There has to be a global mission of human progress.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Developing nations want to become developed nations.

- 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

For 2,500 years, India has never invaded anybody.

- 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

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

- 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

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

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam