The Best Abdul Kalam quotes

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What can you learn from the life of a successful entrepreneur? How did they overcome challenges and achieve success? Today, we’ll be discussing the quotes compilation of Abdul Kalam, who is considered one of the most successful entrepreneurs in India. Let’s take a look at his best quotes and see what we can learn from it.

Discover the most inspiring Work, Dreams, Knowledge, Change, Giving, Life, Nation, Success quotes from Abdul Kalam, and much more.


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About Abdul Kalam

birth of the author

15 October 1931

death of the author

27 July 2015

country of the author


college of the author

Alma Mater:
St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli

occupation of the author

Aerospace Engineering

institution of the author

Defence Research And Development Organisation Indian Space Research Organisation


Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion. — 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

When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes. — Abdul Kalam

A teacher should have a creative mind. — Abdul Kalam

great teachers emanate out of knowledge passion and compassion a p j Abdul Kalam quote


We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us. — Abdul Kalam

If you FAIL, never give up because F.A.I.L. means ‘First Attempt in Learning’. END is not the end; in fact E.N.D. means ‘Effort Never Dies’. If you get NO as an answer, remember N.O. means ‘Next Opportunity’. — Abdul Kalam

We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

I am not handsome but I can give my hand to someone who need help… Because beauty is required in heart not in face…. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

I’m not a handsome guy, but I can give my hand to someone who needs help. Beauty is in the heart, not in the face. — Abdul Kalam

we should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us Abdul Kalam quote

We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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Learning gives creativity, Creativity leads to thinking, Thinking leads to knowledge, Knowledge makes you great. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. — Abdul Kalam


The country doesn’t deserve anything less than success from us. Let us aim for success’. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

success is when your signature becomes an autograph Abdul Kalam quote

Success is when your signature becomes an autograph. — Abdul Kalam

Suffering is the essence of success!!! — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success. — 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 organisations as well as for industries. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

suffering is the essence of success a p j Abdul Kalam quote

What is the secret of success? Right decisions. How do you make right decisions? Experience. How do you gain experience? Wrong decisions. — Abdul Kalam

Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level. — Abdul Kalam

War is never a lasting solution for any problem. — Abdul Kalam


You cannot change your FUTURE, you can change your HABITS. And surely your HABITS will change your FUTURE — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change. — Abdul Kalam

i was willing to accept what i couldn t change Abdul Kalam quote

Success DEFINITION––WHEN OUR SIGNATURE CHANGES TO AUTOGRAPH ,this marks the success. — Abdul Kalam

There are a number of women who have brought about immense change in society. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers. — Abdul Kalam

For me, there is no such thing as a negative experience. — Abdul Kalam

Without your involvement you can’t succeed. With your involvement you can’t fail. — Abdul Kalam

success definition when our signature changes to autograph this marks the success Abdul Kalam quote


You have to dream before your dreams can come true. — Abdul Kalam

Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended. — Abdul Kalam

Dream is not what you see when you sleep at night,but dream is something which does not let you sleep. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Dreams are not those which comes while we are sleeping, but dreams are those when u don’t sleep before fulfilling them. — 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

you have to dream before your dreams can come true Abdul Kalam quote

When your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A developed India by 2020, or even earlier, is not a dream. It need not be a mere vision in the minds of many Indians. It is a mission we can all take up–and succeed. — Abdul Kalam

Dream, Dream Dream Dreams transform into thoughts And thoughts result in action. — Abdul Kalam

Over the years, I had nurtured the hope to be able to fly; to handle a machine as it rose higher and higher in the stratosphere was my dearest dream. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation. — Abdul Kalam

the bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation Abdul Kalam quote

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

Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

The only day in your life…. Your mother smiled when you cried. — Abdul Kalam

There are forces in life working for you and against you. One must distinguish the beneficial forces from the malevolent ones and choose correctly between them. — 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

life is a difficult game you can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person Abdul Kalam quote

Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you, but to help you realise your hidden potential and power, let difficulties know that you too are difficult. — Abdul Kalam

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We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream! — Abdul Kalam

When a nation is surrounded by weaponized nations, she has to equip herself. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

In a democracy, the well–being, individuality and happiness of every citizen is important for the overall prosperity, peace and happiness of the nation. — Abdul Kalam

Nations consist of people. And with their effort, a nation can accomplish all it could ever want. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

when a nation is surrounded by weaponized nations she has to equip herself a p j Abdul Kalam quote

Developing nations want to become developed nations. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

The best brains of the nation may be found on the last benches of the classroom. — Abdul Kalam

When mother is happy, family is happy. When family is happy, nation is happy. — Abdul Kalam

Every nation has to follow a certain policy: Commercial, trade, various other types of policies. — 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

developing nations want to become developed nations a p j Abdul Kalam quote

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

As a young citizen of India, armed with technology and love for my nation, I realize, a small aim is a crime. — 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

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

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher. — Abdul Kalam

Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is harmony in the house; when there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation; when there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


If you Salute your work,You do not have to salute anybody. If you pollute your work,You have to salute everybody. — Abdul Kalam

Knowledge is a tangible asset, quite often the most important tool in your work. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Be active! Take on responsibility! Work for the things you believe in. If you do not, you are surrendering your fate to others. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

knowledge is a tangible asset quite often the most important tool in your work a p j Abdul Kalam quote

You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Thinking is the capital, Enterprise is the way, Hard Work is the solution — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half–hearted success that breeds bitterness all around. — 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. — Abdul Kalam

Beautiful hands are those that do Work in earnest and brave and true Moment to Moment All day through — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

you see god helps only people who work hard that principle is very clear a p j Abdul Kalam quote

If four things are followed–having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance–then anything can be achieved. — 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. — Abdul Kalam

All the scientists and technologists should work in appropriate region, specifically the rural technologies, to transform Indian rural sector. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place–that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life. — 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

I have repeatedly seen how people are poor at articulating what they want–until they see a work centre doing something they don’t want them to do. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

There are boundaries that dictate life: you can only lift so much weight; you can only learn so fast; you can only work so hard; you can only go so far! — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Everyone’s life is a page in the human history irrespective of the position he or she holds or the work he or she performs. — Abdul Kalam

Confidence and Hard work is the best medicine to kill the disease called failure. It will make you successful person. — Abdul Kalam

See the flower, how generously it distributes perfume and honey. When it’s work is done, it falls away quietly. Try to be like the flower, unassuming despite all it’s qualities. — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

It Is Very Easy To Defeat Someone, But It Is Very Hard To Win Someone — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

ABDUL KALAM Quotes Take Away

Abdul Kalam was an incredible man with a wealth of wisdom to share. We hope that you’ve been inspired by these quotes as much as we have, and that you will consider joining us for one of our upcoming courses. We would love to help you learn more about how to achieve your own dreams and goals.

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