Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes


Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru was an Indian nationalist leader and statesman who became the first Prime Minister of Independent India.

Personal Details

Born: November 14, 1889, Allahabad, India
Died: May 27, 1964, New Delhi, India
Parents: Motilal Nehru and Swarup Rani Thussu
Spouse: Kamala Nehru
Children: Indira Gandhi
Associations: Indian National Congress
Awards: Bharat Ratna

Jawaharlal Nehru: A Biographical Note

Jawaharlal Nehru was born in 1889 in Allahabad to Motilal Nehru, a highly successful lawyer of Kashmiri lineage and Swarup Rani Jawaharlal was educated at home by a host of English governesses and private tutors until he was admitted to Harrow, a public school in England, at the age of sixteen. In 1907, he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, and then pursued the study of law at the Inner Temple, London. He was called to the bar in 1912. The same year, he returned to India and came close to Mahatma Gandhi who had also returned to India as a lawyer, after fighting for political rights and equality for Indians in South Africa. Under Gandhi's magnetic influence, Nehru gave up his western style of living and joined Gandhi in the Civil Disobedience Movement. He remained in the forefront of the Indian Independence Movement for well over three and a half decades and was imprisoned seven times by the British rulers. His rise in Indian politics was meteoric. He was elected Congress President five times and became the first Prime Minister of Independent India, a post he held continuously until his death in 1964.

Nehru was a prolific writer with an enviable command over the English language which he used with the ease and facility of an English man. His language became poetic in describing a nature a landscape; conversational in his personal letters and jail diaries; forceful, penetrating and occasionally scholastic in his addresses. Some of his major works like The Discovery of India, Glimpses of World History, A Bunch of the Old Letters, and An Autobiography are as thought-provoking in terms of their content as they are charming in their style.  

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes


"Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow"

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

"Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves"

"It is a fundamental rule of human life, that if the approach is good, the response is good"

"Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes"

"Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes"


"Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people"

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open"

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

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