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My grandfather once told me that there were 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.
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Opportunities are not offered. They must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance... and courage.
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I am proud that I spent the whole of my life in the service of my people ... I shall continue to serve until my last breath and when I die, I can say, that every drop of my blood will invigorate India and strengthen it.
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Every new experience brings its own maturity and a greater clarity of vision. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Every new experience brings its own maturity and a greater clarity of vision.
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To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality.
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People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.
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Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
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Without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue. You have to have courage - courage of different kinds: first, intellectual courage, to sort out different values and make up your mind about which is the one which is right for you to follow. You have to have moral courage to stick up to that - no matter what comes in your way, no matter what the obstacle and the opposition is.
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The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive.
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I don't mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die, every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation.
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Women sometimes go too far, it's true. But it's only when you go too far that others listen. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Women sometimes go too far, it's true. But it's only when you go too far that others listen.
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To become capable, one must have faith in oneself. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
To become capable, one must have faith in oneself.
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Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something.
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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.
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You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
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We always said that our struggle was not only against the British as representatives of colonialism, it was against all the evil that existed in India. The evil of the feudal system, the evil of the system based on caste, the evil of economic injustice.
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The power to question is the basis of all human progress. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
The power to question is the basis of all human progress.
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I cannot understand how anyone can be an Indian and not be proud. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
I cannot understand how anyone can be an Indian and not be proud.
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Difficulties can't be eliminated from life. Individuals will always have them, countries will always have them...The only thing is to accept them, if possible overcome them, otherwise to come to terms with them. It's all right to fight, yes, but only when it's possible.
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One day in 1965 Rajiv wrote me from London, where he was studying, and informed me, 'You're always asking me about girls, whether I have a special girl, and so forth. Well, I've met a special girl.' And when Rajiv returned to India, I asked him, 'Do you still think about her in the same way?' And he said yes. But she couldn't get married until she was twenty-one, and until she was sure she'd like to live in India. Sonia is almost completely an Indian by now, even though she doesn't always wear saris.
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Popularity is not a gurantee of quality. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Popularity is not a gurantee of quality.
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Let's not forget that in India the symbol of strength is a woman; the goddess Shakti. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Let's not forget that in India the symbol of strength is a woman; the goddess Shakti.
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One must beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money.
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Never forget that when we are silent, we are one. And when we speak we are two. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Never forget that when we are silent, we are one. And when we speak we are two.
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In the Western world, women have no other choice. In India, no. And I'll explain the reason. It's a reason that also has to do with my own case. In India women have never been a hostile competition with men - even in the most distant past, every time a woman emerged as a leader, perhaps as a queen, the people accepted her. As something normal and not exceptional.
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Ability is not always gauged by examination. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Ability is not always gauged by examination.
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You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
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The immediate is often the enemy of the ultimate. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
The immediate is often the enemy of the ultimate.
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As I always say, I do not wish you an easy time, but I wish you that whatever difficulty you may have, you will overcome it.
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It is our duty to create a social milieu in which the young and the socially weak feel that the present and future belong to them.
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India had barely become independent, in 1947, when Pakistan invaded Kashmir, which at the time was ruled by a maharajah. The maharajah fled, and the people of Kashmir, led by Sheikh Abdullah, asked for Indian help. Lord [Louis] Mountbatten, who was still governor general, replied that he wouldn't be able to supply aid to Kashmir unless Pakistan declared war, and he didn't seem bothered by the fact that the Pakistanis were slaughtering the population.
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Life is a continuous process of adjustment. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Life is a continuous process of adjustment.
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You soon realize that the peak you've climbed was one of the lowest, that the mountain was part of a chain of mountains, that there are still so many, so many mountains to climb...And the more you climb, the more you want to climb - even though you're dead tired.
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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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A nation' s strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others.
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People with clenched fists can not shake hands. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
People with clenched fists can not shake hands.
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To be a mother, a housewife, never cost me any sacrifice - I savored every minute of those years. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
To be a mother, a housewife, never cost me any sacrifice - I savored every minute of those years.
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It is legitimate to have one's own point of view and political philosophy. But there are people who make anger, rather than a deeply held belief, the basis of their actions. They do not seem to mind harming society as a whole in the pursuit of their immediate objective. No society can survive if it yields to the demands of frenzy, whether of the few or the many.
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Education is a liberating force, and in our age it is also a democratizing force, cutting across the barriers of caste and class, smoothing out inequalities imposed by birth and other circumstances.
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I think one should do what seems right. And if what seems right involves danger...well, one must risk the danger.
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Nothing that is worthwhile is ever easy. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Nothing that is worthwhile is ever easy.
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Being prime minister isn't the only job in life! As far as I'm concerned, I could live in a village and be satisfied.
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Sometimes friends are dangerous. We must be very careful about the help friends give us. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
Sometimes friends are dangerous. We must be very careful about the help friends give us.
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Now I don't get upset by unpleasant things, I don't play the victim, and I'm always ready to come to terms with life.
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I went back into politics only when it was clear that things weren't going as they should have in my party. I was always arguing, I argued with everyone - with my father, with the leaders I had known since I was a child...and one day, it was in 1955, one of them exclaimed, 'You do nothing but criticize! If you think you can correct things, correct them. Go ahead, why don't you try?' Well, I could never resist a challenge, so I tried.
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There are only moments of happiness - from contentment to ecstacy. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
There are only moments of happiness - from contentment to ecstacy.
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I've never understood women who, because of their children, pose as victims and don't allow themselves any other activities.
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I learned very soon to get along by myself. - Indira Gandhi Quotes
I learned very soon to get along by myself.
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Every democratic system evolves its own conventions. It is not only the water but the banks which make the river.
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Rebels and non-conformists are often the pioneers and designers of change.
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For me the only point that has remained unchanged through the years is that in India there is still so much poverty.
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My theory is that men are no more liberated than women.
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Until the day she died, my mother continued to fight for the rights of women. She joined all the women's movements of the time; she stirred up a lot of revolts. She was a great woman, a great figure. Women today would like her immensely.
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As a nation, I believe we've acquired faith in ourselves.
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How can anybody who is the head of a nation afford not to be a prag-matist?
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Mankind will endure when the world appreciates the logic of diversity.
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The greatest of all contraceptives is affluence.
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Even today to be civilised is held to be synonymous with being westernised. Advanced countries devote large resources to formulating and spreading ideas and doctrines and they tend to impose on the developing nations their own norms and methods. The pattern of the classical acquisitive society with its deliberate multiplication of wants not only is unsuited to conditions in our countries but is positively harmful.
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As my father [Javāharlāl Nehrū] said, you have to keep an open mind, but you have to pour something into it - otherwise ideas slip away like sand between your fingers.
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Would you consider a man or a woman to be complicated? Is it that difficult to understand both the sexes? We say that we know what the other sex is all about, but is that really true? Perhaps the following witty, funny quotes and sayings can help simplify things down about men.
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In all societies that have applied a form of socialism, a certain degree of social economic equality has been achieved.
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We must protect families, we must protect children, who have inalienable rights and should be loved, should be taken care of physically and mentally, and should not be brought into the world only to suffer.
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There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.
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It's not right to say that my father influenced me more than others, and I wouldn't be able to say whether my personality was formed more by my father or my mother or the Mahatma [Gandhi] or the friends who were with us.
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The sterilization of men is one method of birth control. The surest, most radical method. To you it seems dreadful. To me it seems that, properly applied, it's by no means dreadful.
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There is not love where there is no will.
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My father was a saint. I'm not.
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what is popular need not necessarily be right or wise.
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In any case, I married Feroze Gandhi. Once I get an idea in my head, no one in the world can make me change my mind.
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In all communities you find groups that behave badly. But you must understand them too.
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It's the same story as when we nationalized the banks. I'm not for nationalization because of the rhetoric of nationalization, or because I see in nationalization the cure-all for every injustice. I'm for nationalization in cases where it's necessary.
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Even under the British there were hostile groups. There were clashes. But, as we found out later, these were clashes provoked by those who had no wish to let us live together - on the eve of the Partition. The policy of keeping us divided was always followed by foreigners, even after the Partition. If Indians and Pakistanis had been together...I don't say as confederated countries but as neighboring and friendly countries...like Italy and France, for example ...believe me, both of us would have progressed much further.
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Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.
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All my games were political games; I was, like Joan of Arc, perpetually being burned at the stake.
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Dacca is now the free capital of a free country.
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If by happiness you mean ecstasy ... Yes, I've known ecstasy, and it's a blessing to be able to say it because those who can say it are very few. But ecstasy doesn't last long and is seldom if ever repeated.
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I want to state that there will be friendship between Bangladesh and ourselves. And not a one-sided friendship, of course - no one does anything for nothing; each has something to give and something to take.
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Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance.
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You don't help a country by supporting a military regime that denies any sign of democracy, and what defeated Pakistan was its military regime.
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In an underdeveloped society, the first anxiety is of infant mortality. In an advanced one it is to keep alive the aged.
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