A. P. J. Abdul Kalam - Quotes

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was an Indian aerospace scientist and politician.

Born: 15 October 1931, Rameswaram, India

Died: 27 July 2015, Shillong, India

1981: Padma Bhushan – Government of India
1990: Padma Vibhushan – Government of India
1997: Bharat Ratna – Government of India
1997: Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration – Government of India
1998: Veer Savarkar Award – Government of India
2000: SASTRA Ramanujan Prize – Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy, India
2013: Von Braun Award – National Space Society

Distinguished Fellow – Institute of Directors, India, 1994
Honorary Fellow – National Academy of Medical Sciences, 1995
Honorary Doctorate of Science – University of Wolverhampton, UK, 2007
King Charles II Medal – UK, 2007
Honorary Doctor of Engineering – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2008
International von Kármán Wings Award – California Institute of Technology, USA, 2009
Hoover Medal – American Society of Mechanical Engineers, USA, 2009
Doctor of Engineering – University of Waterloo, Canada, 2010
IEEE Honorary Membership – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA, 2011
Honorary Doctor of Laws – Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2012
Honorary Doctor of Science – University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2014

Here are some popular quotes and statements from 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.

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.

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

If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.

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.

Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? Is it a legacy of our colonial years? We want foreign television sets. We want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported?

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

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

A dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep.

You should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.

I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.

All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.

Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy success.

Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.

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