Caste is a state of mind. It is a disease of mind. The teachings of the Hindu religion are the root cause of this disease. We practice casteism and we observe Untouchability because we are enjoined to do so by the Hindu religion. A bitter thing cannot be made sweet. The taste of anything can be changed. But poison cannot be changed into nectar.

— B. R. Ambedkar

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A bitter thing cannot be made sweet. The taste of anything can be changed. But poison cannot be changed into nectar


Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains, is a slave, not a free man. One whose mind is not free, though he may not be in prison, is a prisoner and not a free man. One whose mind is not free though alive, is no better than dead. Freedom of mind is the proof of one's existence.


Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age.


It is disgraceful to live at the cost of one's self-respect.

Self-respect is the most vital factor in life. Without it, man is a cipher. To live worthily with self-respect, one has to overcome difficulties. It is out of hard and ceaseless struggle alone that one derives strength, confidence and recognition.


If you study carefully, you will see that Buddhism is based on reason.

There is an element of flexibility inherent in it, which is not found in any other religion.


If I find the constitution being misused, I shall be the first to burn it.


Caste is not just a division of labour, it is a division of labourers.


History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics.


Democracy is not a form of government, but a form of social organisation.


I feel that the constitution is workable, it is flexible and it is strong enough to hold the country together both in peacetime and in wartime. Indeed, if I may say so, if things go wrong under the new Constitution, the reason will not be that we had a bad Constitution. What we will have to say is that Man was vile.


Man is mortal. Everyone has to die some day or the other. But one must resolve to lay down one's life in enriching the noble ideals of self-respect and in bettering one's human life. We are not slaves. Nothing is more disgraceful for a brave man than to live life devoid of self-respect.


My definition of democracy is - A form and a method of Government whereby revolutionary changes in the social life are brought about without bloodshed. That is the real test. It is perhaps the severest test. But when you are judging the quality of the material you must put it to the severest test.


About B. R. Ambedkar

Quotes 32 sayings
Profession Indian Politician
Birthday April 14, 1891

Justice has always evoked ideas of Equality, of proportion of compensation.

In short, Justice is another name of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.


For an individual as well as a society, there is a gulf between merely living and living worthily. To fight in a battle and live in glory is one mode. To beat a retreat, to surrender and to live the life of a captive is also a mode of survival.


The Hindu civilisation is a diabolical contrivance to enslave humanity.

Its proper name would be infamy.


Lost rights are never regained by appeals to the conscience of the usurpers, but by relentless struggle....goa ts are used for sacrificial offerings and not lions.


The basic idea underlying religion is to create an atmosphere for the spiritual development of the individual. This being the situation, it is clear that you cannot develop your personality at all in Hinduism.


Religion is for man and not man for religion


If you believe in living a respectable life, you believe in self-help which is the best help!


Learn to live in this world with self-respect.


We must begin by acknowledging that there is a complete absence of two things in Indian Society. One of these is equality. On the social plane we have an India based on the principles of graded inequality, which means elevation for some and degradation for others. On the economic plane we have a society in which there are some who have immense wealth as against many who live in abject poverty.


Life should be great rather than long.


For an individual as well as for a society, there is a gulf between merely living and living worthily.


Freedom of mind is the proof of one's existence.


Majorities are of two sorts: (1) communal majority and (2) political majority.

A political majority is changeable in its class composition. A political majority grows. A communal majority is born. The admission to a political majority is open. The door to a communal majority is closed. The politics of political majority are free to all to make and unmake. The politics of communal majority are made by its own members born in it.


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize;

have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can loose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality.


Democracy is not merely a form of Government.

It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards our fellow men.


The question is not whether a community lives or dies, the question is on what plane does it live? There are different modes of survival. But all are not equally honorable.


I want all people to be Indians first, Indian last and nothing else but Indians.


Equality may be a fiction but nonetheless one must accept it as a governing principle.


I prefer Buddhism because it gives three principles in combination, which no other religion does. This is what man wants for a good and happy life. Neither god nor soul can save society.