Indira Gandhi Quotes

Indira Gandhi Quotes

Indira Gandhi

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was an Indian stateswoman and central figure of the Indian National Congress. Popularly known as the Iron lady of India. She was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India.

Personal details

Name: Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi

Born: November 19, 1917, Allahabad, India

Assassinated: October 31, 1984, New Delhi, India

Parents: Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamala Nehru

Education: International School of Geneva, Vishwabharati University, Shantiniketan, Somerville College, Oxford

Spouse: Feroze Gandhi

Children: Rajiv Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi

Political Affiliation: Indian National Congress

Awards: Bharat Ratna, Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, Lenin Peace Prize

Publications: My Truth (1980), Eternal India (1981)

Indira Gandhi Quotes

"Education is a liberating force, and in our age it is also a democratising force, cutting across the barriers of caste and class, smoothing out inequalities imposed by birth and other circumstances."

                                   −Indira Gandhi


"Ability is not always gauged by examination."

"All the people who fought for freedom were my heroes. I mean, that was the sort of story I liked reading...freedom struggles and so on."

"The power to question is the basis of all human progress."

"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist."

"Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something."

"Every new experience brings its own maturity and a greater clarity of vision."

"There is not love where there is no will."

"My grandfather once told me that there are 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 there."

"Popularity is not a guarantee of quality."

"Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave."

"People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights."

"I am not a person to be pressured - by anybody or any nation."

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

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

"If I see something dirty or untidy, I have to clean it up."

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

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

"The meek may one day inherit the earth, but not the headlines."

"Have a bias toward action -let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the  first step right away."

"To become capable, one must have faith in oneself."

"Happiness is a state of mind, you know. I don't think you are permanently happy. One is happy about certain things and not so happy about others."

"I'm certainly not a workaholic."

"I think basically I'm lazy, but I have a housewife's mentality when I go about my job."

"I am frequently attacked."

"The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive."

"Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood... will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic."

"If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting, I know that the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassins, not in my dying."

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