150+ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes – Quotes Inspire You

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, India’s cherished former President and  famed scientist,  left a legacy of inspiration and innovation. His words, encapsulated in APJ Abdul Kalam’s Quotes, can ignite minds and kindle the flames of ambition.

People turn to APJ Abdul Kalam’s Quotes for guidance, motivation, and wisdom. These APJ Abdul Kalam Quotes are about learning, goals, and persistence. They connect with people from any age or background.

The quotes from APJ Abdul Kalam have something to educate everybody, whether they are seeking out for career exhortation, inspiration, or fair a gentle update of the esteem of putting within the effort.

APJ Abdul Kalam Quotes

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. –  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone. –  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal. –  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. –  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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. –  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


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. –  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


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. –  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


Before God trusts you with success, you have to prove yourself humble enough to handle the big prize. –  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Dreams are not those which comes while we are sleeping, but dreams are those when u don’t sleep before fulfilling them. –  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success. – APJ Abdul Kalam


The end is not the end, in fact, END means “Effort Never Dies” – If you get No as an answer, remember NO means ‘Next Opportunity’. So let’s be positive. – APJ Abdul Kalam


All Birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above clouds. – APJ Abdul Kalam

Learning gives creativity,
Creativity leads to thinking,
Thinking provides knowledge,
Knowledge makes you great. – APJ Abdul Kalam


You have to dream before your dreams can come true. – APJ Abdul Kalam


Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident. – APJ Abdul Kalam


Success hugs you in private.

Failure slaps you in public. – APJ Abdul Kalam

 Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


Without your involvement, you can’t succeed. With your involvement, you can’t fail. – APJ Abdul Kalam


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. – APJ Abdul Kalam


If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun. – APJ Abdul Kalam

Sometimes, it’s better to bunk a class and enjoy it with friends, because now, when I look back, marks never make me laugh, but memories do.
– A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


When the problem arises — become the captain of the problem and defeat it .– A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Dream, Dream Dream
Dreams transform into thoughts
And thoughts result in action. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


If you fail, never give up because FAIL means “First Attempt In Learning. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.– APJ Abdul Kalam


A small aim is a crime. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Why be afraid of difficulties, sufferings, and problems? When troubles come, try to understand the relevance of your sufferings. Adversity always presents opportunities for introspection. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Do not stop Until you finish your work, and once you finish. Plan for the next big goal. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


English is necessary as at present the 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. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Determination is the power that sees us through all our frustrations and obstacles. It helps in building our willpower which is the very basis of success. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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


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. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Never complain about the difficulties in life. Because a director always gives the hardest role to his best actors. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


 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. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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 realize the great life. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Thinking is the capital, Enterprise is the way, Hard Work is the solution.– A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The best brains of the nations may be found on the last benches of the classrooms. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career. –  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 honor for me. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is harmony in the house; when there is harmony in the house, there is the order in the nation; when there is the order in the nation, there is peace in the world. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


I am not a handsome guy, but I can give my hand to someone who needs help. Beauty is in the heart, not in the face. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


If you salute your duty, you no need to salute anybody. But if you pollute your duty, you have to salute everybody. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


 One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Life will never provide Warranties and Guarantees. It can only provide Possibilities and Opportunities to convert them into Success. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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 realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Don’t read success stories, you will only get the message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


I knew I was putting you under immense pressure when I rejected your work the other day. I set an impossible deadline – yet you have met it with work that I can only call outstanding. As your teacher, I had to push you to your limits so that you could recognize your own true potential. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


I will not be presumptuous enough to say that my life can be a role model for anybody, but some poor child living in an obscure place in an underprivileged social setting may find a little solace in the way my destiny has been shaped. It could perhaps help such children liberate themselves from the bondage of their illusory backwardness and hopelessness? –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


No matter how bad things go, you are still always ahead of everyone who isn’t even trying. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Love your job but don’t love your company, because you may not know when your company stops loving you. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


 If we are not free, no one will respect us. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


For me, there is no such thing as a negative experience. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


 A big shot is a little shot who keeps on shooting, so keep trying. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Once your mind stretches to a new level it never goes back to its original dimension. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


I will work and sweat for a great vision, the vision of transforming India into a developed nation. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


We have no ability to be equal to all have opportunities equal to their ability lane. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Confidence and Hard-work is the best medicine to kill the disease called failure. It will make you a successful person. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


My 2020 Vision for India is to transform it into a developed nation. That cannot be abstract; it is a lifeline. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


In India, we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


 Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Never win people with arguments, rather defeat them with your Smile. Because people who always wish to argue with you cannot bear your silence. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


One best book is equal to a hundred good friends, but one good friend is equal to a library. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Within the mind are all the resources required for successful living. Ideas are present in the consciousness, which when released and given scope to grow and take shape, can lead to successful events. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Thinking is progress. Non-thinking is stagnation of the individual, organization, and country. Thinking leads to action. Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant. Knowledge with action converts adversity into prosperity. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Without a positive attitude,

success is called luck.

With a positive attitude,

success is called an achievement. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream! –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The black color is sentimentally bad but, every blackboard makes the student’s life bright. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Let not thy winged days be spent in vain. When once gone no gold can buy them back again. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Your best teacher is your last mistake. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Success Is When Your “Signature” Changes To “Autograph”. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Nations consist of people. And with their effort, a nation can accomplish all it could ever want. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


 Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Umbrella can’t stop the rain but can make us stand in rain. Confidence may not bring success but gives us the power to face any challenge in life. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize 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?
–  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


You have to fight the hardest battle until you arrive at your destined place. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Success is when people search for you on GOOGLE and not on FACEBOOK. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


 I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


War is never a lasting solution to any problem. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


To become ‘unique,’ the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The sides of the mountain sustain life, not the peak. This is where things grow, the experience is gained, and technologies are mastered. The importance of the peak lies only in the fact that it defines the sides. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


New markets could be created by rural potentials, which could lead to a rise in employment. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


I love the sea. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


As a child of God, I am greater than anything that can happen to me. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


While children are studying to be unique, the world around them is trying, by all means, to make them like everybody else. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


What is the secret of success? Right decisions. How do you make the right decisions?    How do you gain experience? Wrong decisions. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


For me there are two types of people; The Young and The Experienced. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Don’t be afraid of moving slowly,

be afraid of standing still. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


  The Bay of Bengal is hit frequently by cyclones. The months of November and May, in particular, are dangerous in this regard. –    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The President’s post should not be politicized. Once a president is elected, he is above politics. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Desire, when it stems from the heart and spirit when it is pure and intense, possesses awesome electromagnetic energy. This energy is released into the ether each night, as the mind falls into the sleep state. Each morning it returns to the conscious state reinforced with the cosmic currents. That which has been imaged will surely and certainly be manifested. You can rely, young man, upon this ageless promise as surely as you can rely upon the eternally unbroken promise of sunrise… and of Spring. –    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success. –    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is harmony in the house; when there is harmony in the house, there is the order in the nation; when there is the order in the nation, there is peace in the world. –    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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. –    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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 that were pending had a social and economic bias. This gave me the impression that we were punishing the person who was least involved in the enmity and who did not have a direct motive for committing the crime. –    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Whenever you feel that you failed, say these words: I have not failed my success just postponed. –    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


If an egg is broken by an outside force


If broken by an inside force


Great things always begin from inside. –    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


A teacher should have a creative mind. –    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Behind the parents stands the school, and behind the teacher the home. –    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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 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. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The wealth of information now available at the click of a finger amazes me. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


One lesson that every nation can learn from China is to focus more on creating village-level enterprises, quality health services, and educational facilities. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Winners are not those who never fail but those never quit. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Total commitment is the common denominator among all successful men and women. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

If you want to leave your footprints On the sands of time Do not drag your feet. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

There has to be a global mission for human progress. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Every nation has to follow a certain policy: Commercial, trade, various other types of policies. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

You have to say: I will become the captain of the problem, defeat the problem and succeed. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Widespread use of antibiotics promotes the spread of antibiotic resistance. Smart use of antibiotics is the key to controlling its spread. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


My hair grows and grows; you cannot stop it – that fellow grows, it grows wild. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


When a nation is surrounded by weaponized nations, she has to equip herself. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Be remembered! Be unique! Be great! –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


God is everywhere. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The government, whether state or central, is elected. That means we have a responsibility to select the right kind of leaders. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Cheating on a good person is like throwing away a diamond and picking up a rock.–   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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. –   A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence.   –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The economy forced me to become a vegetarian, but I finally starting liking it. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Correct decisions can double the confidence and wrong decisions can double the experience. So, no need to worry about both situations.  Continue to do efforts. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

No sanction can stand against ignited minds. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

When grand plans for scientific and defense technologies are made, do the people in power think about the sacrifices the people in the laboratories and fields have to make? –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The world has today 546 nuclear plants generating electricity. Their experience is being continuously researched, and feedback should be provided to all. Nuclear scientists have to interact with the people of the nation, and academic institutions continuously update nuclear power generation technology and safety. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Count your gains instead of your losses, count your joys instead of your woes, Count your friends instead of your foes, count your courage instead of your fears, count your health instead of wealth, count on God instead of your wealth. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


I have met 18 million youth, and each wants to be unique. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Regarding marriage, it – somehow, it didn’t happen. One fellow in such a big family not getting married is not an issue. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Rameswaram has, since antiquity, been an important pilgrimage destination. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Don’t fear for facing failure in the first attempt, because even the successful Maths starts with “zero” only. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


There is not enough funding for basic sciences in India. We have to invest in a big way, and I am pushing that idea. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Medical costs are of concern, both in developing and developed countries. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge a student by his percentage. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Ultimately, education in its real sense is the pursuit of truth. It is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


We must get rid of fossil fuels by developing injection systems for automobiles, which can run on bio-fuel. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Life is like a notebook. Two pages are already written by God.  The first page is birth and the last page is death.  Center pages are empty.  Fill them with a smile and love. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


For 2,500 years, India has never invaded anybody. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


In a democracy, the well-being, individuality, and happiness of every citizen is important for the overall prosperity, peace, and happiness of the nation. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Listen to your elder’s advice, not because they are always right but because they have more experiences of being wrong. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Building capacity dissolves differences. It irons out inequalities. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Never change your originality for the sake of others, because no one can play your role better than you. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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? –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Never ignore your Mother who loves you, cares for you, and misses you. Because one day, you might wake up from your sleep and realize that you lost the moon while counting stars. –  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam’s Quotes resonate with hearts and minds in a world seeking inspiration and innovation. APJ Abdul Kalam’s Quotes inspire us to reach for the stars.

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