To the individual making up the excuses, they sound the best. Excuses, on the other hand, have no place in life. There is just so much time in life. Despite the fact that it will proceed, you will be unable to hold on. And imagine that each day is guaranteed to you. A pledge to live the life of your dreams! No one knows what you’re dreaming of. Although you’ve been working for that dream, no one cares how disappointing it might have been.

However, the dream you have in your head is a fact. When you run for your dream, life takes on a new meaning. A meaning capable of giving birth to a great person such as the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. He was able to identify himself at a young age. He rose to become one of India’s greatest scientists and leaders.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, also known as “Missile Man,” is one of the world’s most well-known figures. Because of his playful, compassionate, giving, caring, and loving nature, not only kids but also youth adored this missile guy. The legend has left us with some extremely valuable lessons. Let’s have a look at 150+ Quotes by APJ Abdul Kalam.

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

2. “Small aim is a crime.”

3. “There are a number of women who have brought about immense change in society.”

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

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

6. “The only thing that’s stopping you is YOU. Rests are just excuses.”

7. “I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.”

8. “It’s very important for you to believe that you are the one.”

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

10. “The sad truth is that the opportunity doesn’t knock twice.”

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

12. “Sometimes we look at broken pieces in our lives. The key is what we do in our tomes of pain.”

13. “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.”

14. “Life has a way of pushing our dreams down. Don’t let first victory burry your biggest dream.”

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

16. “We must globally warm our hearts and change the climate of our souls, and realize that we are not apart from nature.”

17. “I am not handsome but I can give my hand to someone who needs help. Because beauty is required in the heart, not in face.”

18. “Beauty isn’t dependent on our external appearance. It radiates from within.”

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

20. “Backbenchers are independent learners. They learn every type of activity during the lectures.”

21. “Excellence happens not by accident. It is a process.”

22. “In order to achieve excellence, a holistic roadmap with hard work and risks is required.”

23. “Winners are not those who never fail but those who never quit.”

24. “Quitting, and feel guilty about it is underestimating the opportunity. You cannot get it the same as the first.”

25. “Two rules for a peaceful life: Depression in failure should never go to heart, and ego in success should never go to the brain.”

26. “Depression lies, it tells you you’ve always felt this way. Mind poisons, it makes you what you never wanted to.”

27. “Luxury and Lies have huge maintenance costs. But Truth and Simplicity are self-maintained without any cost.”

28. “The lie is the only luxury man over all other animals. But repeating it, again and again, is like multiplying the same number with zero. Whereas the beauty of Truth is in its simplicity, it multiplies itself.”

29. “Dream, dream, dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.”

30. “Think of rising higher. Let it be your only thought. Even if your object is not attained, the thought itself will have raised you.”

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31. “To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”

32. “Life throws so many distractions at you; some good and some bad. These distractions either help you stay on track or push you off track. Being single-minded helps you to stay on track and on task.”

33. “If you fail, never give up because Fail means ‘First Attempt In Learning’.”

34. “No one beats the person who never gives up. There is no failure except in no longer trying.”

35. “Creativity is seeing the same thing but thinking differently.”

36. “Creativity is related to imagination and imagination is related to innovation. Innovation itself is unique for everyone that conceives a fresh idea and converts the idea into a successful business.”

37. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

38. “Failure is never final to a person full of determination. Success may be the only outcome of any endeavor but determination ensures success in the long run. – A.P.J.”

39. “If you salute your duty, you no need to salute anybody, but if you pollute your duty, you have to salute everybody.”

40. “Dishonesty or insincerity towards your duty may end you up licking shoes. But you have a choice to do what pleases you and gives you enough pride to stand tall.”

41. “Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.”

42. “Past is something gone with the wind. The only thing that left is; lesson. The future is where you have to apply that lesson in order to live your life peacefully.”

43. “Empty pocket teaches you a million things in life, but full pocket spoils you in a million ways.”

44. “Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.”

45. “Thinking is progress. Non-thinking is the stagnation of the individual, organization, and country. Thinking leads to action. Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant.”

46. “When our signature changes to autograph, this marks the Success.”

47. “You should always aim high in your life irrespective of the other factors. If you aim high there are high chances that you might end up learning new things and lessons than aiming low in life.”

48. “Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it.”

49. “Ever since humanity has discovered science, human beings have evolved at a rapid speed. This shows how beautiful science is. As responsible human beings, it is our duty to use science in the fulfilment of society.”

50. “We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.”

51. “Giving up should not be the choice. As an individual, you must believe in the power of persistence. You should allow yourself to understand the circumstances and provide the strength to fight the problems.”

52. “If we are not free, no one will respect us.”

53. “Freedom is misinterpreted at times. The real freedom is to allow yourself to drive deep inside yourself and believe in the freedom inside you. This will give you the confidence to deal with every situation in life.”

54. “Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.”

55. “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.”

56. “Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.”

57. “The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.”

58. “My 2020 Vision for India is to transform it into a developed nation. That cannot be abstract; it is a lifeline.”

59. “My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.”

60. “Nations consist of people. And with their effort, a nation can accomplish all it could ever want.”

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61. “Today, India is a nuclear weapons state.”

62. “To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”

63. “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.”

64. “For the 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.”

65. “We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.”

66. “I was a disadvantaged child from a non-educated family, yet I had the advantage of being in the company of great teachers.”

67. “One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.”

68. “If we are not free, no one will respect us.”

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

70. “I love the sea.”

71. “To become ‘unique,’ the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination.”

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

73. “God is everywhere.”

74. “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 the perseverance to realise the great life.”

75. “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.”

76. “The wealth of information now available at the click of a finger amazes me.”

77. “Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?.”

78. “The Bay of Bengal is hit frequently by cyclones. The months of November and May, in particular, are dangerous in this regard.”

79. “Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.”

80. “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.”

81. “I’m not an expert on the arms race.”

82. “The President’s post should not be politicised. Once a president is elected, he is above politics.”

83. “There has to be a global mission of human progress.”

84. “For me, there is no such thing as a negative experience.”

85. “When you look at the light bulb above you, you remember Thomas Alva Edison. When the telephone bell rings, you remember Alexander Graham Bell. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. When you see the blue sky, you think of Sir C.V. Raman.”

86. “My hair grows and grows; you cannot stop it – that fellow grows, it grows wild.”

87. “We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream!”

88. “Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it.”

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89. “Wherever I go, as long as I get a hot vegetable dish, I am okay. If I am in Gujarat, I have Gujarati food. If it’s Shillong, it’s northeastern.”

90. “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.”

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91. “Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?”

92. “Measuring nuclear yield depends on multiple parameters – the location and number of instruments, the geology of the area, the location of the seismic station in relation to the test site.”

93. “Developing nations want to become developed nations.”

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

95. “There is not enough funding for basic sciences in India. We have to invest in a big way, and I am pushing that idea.”

96. “India’s trade deficit is because of excess of import over exports.”

97. “How accurately can the law fix the crime? There has to be a mechanism for very fast action. The law is like this: catch them and punish them.

98. India has to be transformed into a developed nation, a prosperous nation and a healthy nation, with a value system.”

99. “One lesson that every nation can learn from China is to focus more on creating village-level enterprises, quality health services and educational facilities.”

100. “Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.”

101. “Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.”

102. “Where do the evils like corruption arise from? It comes from the never-ending greed. The fight for corruption-free ethical society will have to be fought against this greed and replace it with ‘what can I give’ spirit.”

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

104. “Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence.”

105. “When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.”

105. “My message, especially to young people is to have the courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.”

107. “Ultimately, education in its real sense is the pursuit of truth. It is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment.”

108. “For 2,500 years, India has never invaded anybody.”

109. “For me, there are two types of people: the young and the experienced.”

110. “War is never a lasting solution for any problem.”

111. “As a child of God, I am greater than anything that can happen to me.”

112. “No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.”

113. “What is politics? The political system is equal to development politics plus political politics.”

114. “You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.”

115. “Regarding marriage, it – somehow, it didn’t happen. One fellow in such a big family not getting married is not an issue.”

116. “Today, India consumes about 682 watts per capita, far lesser than developed nations. As India develops, it will definitely require a lot more energy.”

117. “People who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.”

118. “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.”

119. “I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success.”

120. “While children are struggling to be unique, the world around them is trying all means to make them look like everybody else.”

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121. “India should walk on her own shadow – we must have our own development model.”

122. “Economy forced me to become a vegetarian, but I finally starting liking it.”

123. “Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.”

124. “Rameswaram has, since antiquity, been an important pilgrimage destination.”

125. “A teacher should have a creative mind.”

126. “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?”

127. “Medical costs are of concern, both in developing and developed countries.”

128. “The government, whether state or central, is elected. That means we have a responsibility to elect the right kind of leaders.”

129. “I was in high school when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled India’s flag in New Delhi.”

130. “I have met 18 million youth, and each wants to be unique.”  Kalam

131. “Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.”

132. “God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.”

133. “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.”

134. “I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.”

135. “No sanction can stand against ignited minds.”

136. “You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”

137. “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.”

138. “We must get rid of fossil fuels by developing injection systems for automobiles, which can run on bio-fuel.”

139. “Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.”

140. “When grand plans for scientific and defence technologies are made, do the people in power think about the sacrifices the people in the laboratories and fields have to make?”

141. “The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers.”

142. “All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence.”

143. “Science is global. Einstein’s equation, E=mc2, has to reach everywhere. Science is a beautiful gift to humanity, we should not distort it. Science does not differentiate between multiple races.”

144. “All the scientists and technologists should work inappropriate region, specifically the rural technologies, to transform Indian rural sector.”

145. “One of the more difficult tasks for me as president was to decide on the issue of confirming capital punishment awarded by courts… to my surprise… almost all cases which were pending had a social and economic bias.”

146. “New markets could be created by rural potentials, which could lead to rising in the employment.”

147. “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.”

148. “Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.”

149. “The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise… Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers.”

150. “Widespread use of antibiotics promotes the spread of antibiotic resistance. Smart use of antibiotics is the key to controlling its spread.”

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151. “In a democracy, the well-being, individuality and happiness of every citizen is important for the overall prosperity, peace and happiness of the nation.”

152. “We should remember that there are nations which meet more than 30 to 60% of their power requirements through the nuclear power system.”

153. “Building capacity dissolves differences. It irons out inequalities.”

154. “Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.”

155. “Smart habitation is an integrated area of villages and a city working in harmony and where the rural and urban divide has reduced to a thin line.”

156. “India can live without nuclear weapons. That’s our dream, and it should be the dream of the U.S. also.”

157. “Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.”

158. “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.”

159. “When a nation is surrounded by weaponized nations, she has to equip herself.”

160. “English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.”

161. “Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.”

162. “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.”

163. “An economically peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka is the dream of the youth of the nation. My message for the youth is to collectively work for an inclusively developed Sri Lanka.”

164. “When I took over as president, I studied the Constitution, and the more I studied it, the more I realised that it does not prevent the president of India from giving the nation a vision. So when I went and presented this vision in Parliament and in legislative assemblies; everyone welcomed it, irrespective of party affiliations.”

165. “Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self-respect. If only the real sense of education could be realized by each individual and carried forward in every field of human activity, the world will be so much a better place to live in.”