Abdul Kalam Quotes

20 Most Inspirational Abdul Kalam Quotes.

Known as the “Missile Man of India” for his significant involvement in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts, APJ Abdul Kalam was, is and will always be a prodigious name whom everyone looks up to. From kids to grown-ups, he served as an inspiration for many. That’s why when five years ago, he left for his heavenly abode, millions of people felt it as their personal loss.

Born in Southern India, to be specific in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu on October 15, 1931, Abdul Kalam’s full name was Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. His life as a student was not a bed of roses, rather it was very challenging, filled with hardships and a lot of struggles. There was also a time when he used to sell newspapers from door to door to support his family and education. Although several obstacles came in his way throughout his life, one thing that always remained constant was his determination and the zeal to learn, teach, and innovate.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

During his lifetime, he made some extraordinary contributions to the defense and space industry of India. In 1980, he was the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite in near-earth orbit.
He played an intensive political and technological role in the Pokhran-II nuclear tests that were conducted during the 1990s.

His research and educational leadership brought him great laurels and prestige. A recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna which is India’s highest civilian honor, he achieved excellence not only in academics but also held the highest constitutional post in India. Yes, in 2002, APJ Abdul Kalam got elected as the 11th president of India. He was one of the most loved political figures India ever had and was widely referred to as the “People’s President”.

So today on his fifth death anniversary, let’s remember this legend by having a look at his top 20 quotes that reflect his intellect, generosity, and grandeur.

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Abdul Kalam Quotes

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

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

You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future

Abdul Kalam Quotes

If you fail, never give up because FAIL means “First Attempt In Learning

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

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

Quotes by Abdul Kalam
Abdul Kalam quotes

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.


Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to those who dream and work.

One best book is equal to hundred good friends, but one good friend is equal to a library.

Quotes by Abdul Kalam
Abdul Kalam quotes

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

Don’t read success stories, you will only get message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success.

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All Birds find shelter during rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above clouds

Abdul Kalam quotes
Abdul Kalam quotes

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.

This is my belief that through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins.

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

Abdul Kalam Quotes
Abdul Kalam quotes

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