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