Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

— Jawaharlal Nehru

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We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.

There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

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We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.

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Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.

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The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.

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Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.

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Play the hand you're dealt.

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India has known the innocence and insouciance of childhood, the passion and abandon of youth, and the ripe wisdom of maturity that comes from long experience of pain and pleasure; and over and over a gain she has renewed her childhood and youth and age

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A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.

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Ignorance is always afraid of change.

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You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.

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Peace is not a relationship of nations.

It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

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All the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for any one of them to imagine that it can live apart. Peace has been said to be indivisible, so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this one world that can no longer be split into isolated fragments.

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About Jawaharlal Nehru

Quotes 133 sayings
Nationality Indian
Profession Leader
Birthday October 16

The ambition of the greatest men of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.

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For the first time i began to think, consciously and deliberately of religion and other worlds. The Hindu religion especially went up in my estimation; not the ritual or ceremonial part, but it's great books, the "Upnishads," and the "Bhagavad Gita."

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The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.

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The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly.

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Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge... At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.

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The light has gone out of our lives... Yet I am wrong, for the light that shone in this country was no ordinary light... and a thousand years later that light will still be seen in this country and the world will see it... For that light represented the living truth.

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Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.

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I think the years I have spent in prison have been the most formative and important in my life because of the discipline, the sensations, but chiefly the opportunity to think clearly, to try to understand things.

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Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow.

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To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.

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

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At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

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The boundaries of democracy have to be widened so as to include economic equality also. This is the great revolution through which we are all passing.

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

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Time is not measured by the passing of years, but by what one does, what one feels and what one achieves.

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Most of us seldom take the trouble to think.

It is a troublesome and fatiguing process and often leads to uncomfortable conclusions. But crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.

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It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.

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No country or people who are slaves to dogma and the dogmatic mentality can progress, and unhappily our country and people have become extraordinarily dogmatic and little-minded

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

It is never a narrowing of the mind or a restriction of the human spirit or the country's spirit.

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

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Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction.

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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

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Act with courage and dignity; stick to the ideals that give meaning to life.

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As fear is a close companion to falsehood, so truth follows fearlessness.

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A theory must be tempered with reality.

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No country or people who are slaves to dogma and dogmatic mentality can progress.

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History is almost always written by the victors and conquerors and gives their view. Or, at any rate, the victors' version is given prominence and holds the field.

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Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

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The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.

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Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.

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There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear.

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Evil unchecked grows, evil tolerated poisons the whole system.

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Every little thing counts in a crisis.

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Often in history we see that religion, which was meant to raise us and make us better and nobler, has made people behave like beasts. Instead of bringing enlightenment of them, it has often tried to keep them in the dark; instead of broadening their minds, it has frequently made them narrow-minded and intolerant of others.

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The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India's age-long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga.

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It is now clear that science is incapable of ordering life. A life is ordered by values.

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I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West, out of place everywhere, at home nowhere.

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