Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)

“There is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action.”

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

“Evil unchecked grows, evil tolerated poisons the whole system.”

“Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.”

“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.”

“Life is a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinisim; the way you play is free will.”

“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”

“We have all become wayfarers and travellers marching on and on ….Yet, for those who can adapt themselves to this continuous journeying, there is no regret and they would not have it otherwise. A reture to the dull uneventful past is unthinkable.”

“The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”

“Loyal and efficient work in a great cause, even though it may not be immediately recognized, ultimately bears fruit”

“It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, or a rich country inhabited by starving people… Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid… The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.”

“The best and noblest gifts of humanity cannot be the monopoly of a particular race or country; its scope may not be limited nor may it be regarded as the miser’s hoard buried underground.”

“What the mysterious is I do not know. I do not call it God because God has come to mean much that I do not believe in. I find myself incapable of thinking of a deity or of any unknown supreme power in anthropomorphic terms, and the fact that many people think so is continually a source of surprise to me. Any idea of a personal God seems very odd to me.”

“A language is something infinitely greater than grammar and philology. It is the poetic testament of the genius of a race and a culture, and the living embodiment of the thoughts and fancies that have moulded them.”

“The forces of a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”

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