Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the first President of India. In the memory of the President, we are sharing some famous Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes.

Nehru was born on 14 November 1889 into a Kashmiri Brahman family in Allahabad (now known as Prayagraj), was home-schooled until the age of 15, after which he went to Harrow in England, and later to Trinity College in Cambridge. When he was 22, he returned to India to practice law with his father, barrister Motilal Nehru.

So today, in his memory, we are sharing some inspirational quotes of the leader that have stayed with us and will be remembered over the years.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes on Education

“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.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

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

“Discontent is the spur of progress.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

“Yet the past is ever with us and all that we are and that we have comes from the past. We are its products and we live immersed in it. Not to understand it and feel it as something living within us is not to understand the present. To combine it with the present and extend it to the future, to break from it where it cannot be so united, to make of all this the pulsating and vibrating material for thought and action—that is life.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

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

“Truth is one: (though) the wise call it by various names.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

“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”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

“I wish to declare with all earnestness that I do not want any religious ceremonies performed for me after my death. I do not believe in such ceremonies, and to submit to them, even as a matter of form, would be hypocrisy and an attempt to delude ourselves and others.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes on Independence Day

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

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

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

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

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

“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.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

“Whatever gods there be, there is something
godlike in man, as there is also something of the devil in him.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Discovery of India

“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”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

“Someone said the other day: death is the birthright of every person born—a curious way of putting an obvious thing. It is a birthright which nobody has denied or can deny, and which all of us seek to forget and escape so long as we may. And yet there was something novel and attractive about the phrase. Those who complain so bitterly of life have always a way out of it, if they so choose. That is always in our power to achieve. If we cannot master life we can at least master death. A pleasing thought lessening the feeling of helplessness.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Discovery of India

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Motivational Quotes

“There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

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

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

“Our desires seek out supporting reasons and tend to
ignore facts and arguments that do not fit in with them.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

“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.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, An Autobiography: Toward Freedom

“For only they can sense life who stand often on the verge of it, only they whose lives are not governed by the fear of death.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Discovery of India

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

“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.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

“Nationalism is essentially a group memory of past achievements, traditions, and experiences,”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Discovery of India

“Without that passion and urge, there is a gradual oozing out of hope and vitality, a settling down on lower levels of existence, a slow merging into non-existence. We become prisoners of the past and some part of its immobility sticks to us.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

“I am a socialist not because I think it is a perfect system, but half a loaf is better than no bread. The other systems have been tried and found wanting. Let this one be tried—if for nothing else, for the novelty of the thing.’ Vivekananda”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Discovery of India

Jawaharlal Nehru Inspirational Quotes

“The spectacle of what is called religion, or at any rate organised religion, in India and elsewhere, has filled me with horror and I have frequently condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always it seemed to stand for blind belief and reaction, dogma and bigotry, superstition, exploitation and the preservation of vested interests.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“And yet fear builds its phantoms which are more fearsome than reality itself, and reality, when calmly analysed and its consequences willingly accepted, loses much of its terror.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

“Politics and Religion are obsolete. The time has come for Science and Spirituality.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“I was taught by a great man, never to hate – and never to fear.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. 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”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

“In this materialistic age of ours,’ says Professor Albert Einstein, ‘the serious scientific workers are the only profoundly religious people.’15 In”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Discovery of India

“do or die ”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“But the ideal is terribly difficult to grasp or to hold.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Discovery of India

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

“The ideals and objectives of yesterday was still ideals of today, but they lost some of their luster and even, as one seemed to go towards them, they lost the shining beauty which had warmed the heart and vitalized the body. Evil triumphed often enough, but what was far worse was the coarsening and distortion of what seemed so right. Was human nature so essentially bad that it would take ages of training ,through suffering and misfortune, before it could behave reasonably and raise man above the creature of lust and violence and deceit that he now was? And, meanwhile , was every effort to change radically in the present or the near future doomed to failure”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes on India

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

“Why should we shout “Inqilab zindabad”?Why should we want revolution and change? India of course wants a big change today. But even after the big change that we all want has come and India is independent, we cannot rest quiescent. Nothing in the world that is alive remains unchanging. All Nature changes from day to day and minute to minute,only the dead stop growing and are quiescent. Fresh water runs on, and if you stop it,it becomes stagnant.So also is it with the life of man and the life of nation. Whether we want to or not, we grow old. Babies become little girls, and the little girls big girls and grown-up women and old women. We have to put up with these changes. But there are many who refuse to admit that the world changes. They keep their minds closed and locked up and will not permit any new ideas to come into them. Nothing frightens them so much as the idea of thinking.
What is the result?
The world moves on in spite of them, and because they had people like them do not adapt themselves to the changing conditions, there are big burst-up from time to time. Big revolutions take place, like the great French Revolution of a hundred and forty years ago, or the Russian Revolution thirteen years ago. Even so in our own country, we are today in the middle of a revolution. We want independence, of course. But we want something more. We want to clear out all the stagnant pools and let in clean fresh water everywhere. We must sweep away the dirt and the poverty and misery from our country. We must
also clean up, as far as we can, the cobwebs from the minds of so many people which prevent them from thinking and co-operating in the great work before us. It is a great work, and it may be that it will require time.
Let us, at least, give it a good push on—Inqilab zindabad ! “

Foot Note: Inqilab zindabad means “ long live revolution”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Glimpses of World History

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes on India

“Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“No two persons could be so different from one another in their make up or temperaments. Tagore, the aristocratic artist, turned democrat with proletarian sympathies, represented essentially the cultural tradition of India, the tradition of accepting life in the fullness thereof and going through it with song and dance. Gandhi, more a man of the people, almost the embodiment of the Indian peasant, represented the other ancient tradition of India, that of renunciation and asceticism. And yet Tagore was primarily the man of thought, Gandhi of concentrated and ceaseless activity. Both, in their different ways had a world outlook, and both were at the same time wholly Indian. They seemed to present different but harmonious aspects of India and to complement one another.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

“Man’s dearest possession in life, and since it is given to him to live but once, he must so live as not to be seared with the shame of a cowardly and trivial past, so live as not to be tortured for years without purpose, so live that dying he can say: “All my life and my strength were given to the first cause of the world—the liberation of mankind.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes on India

“Fine buildings, fine pictures and books and everything that is beautiful are certainly signs of civilization. But an even better sign is a fine man who is unselfish and works with others for the good of all. To work together is better than to work singly, and to work together for the common good is best of all.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“Our lives are encumbered with the dead wood of this past; all that is dead and has served its purpose has to go. But that does not mean a break with, or a forgetting of, the vital and life-giving in that past. We can never forget the ideals that have moved our race, the dreams of the Indian people through the ages, the wisdom of the ancients, the buoyant energy and love of life and nature of our forefathers, their spirit of curiosity and mental adventure, the daring of their thought, their splendid achievements in literature, art and culture, their love of truth and beauty and freedom, the basic values that they set up, their understanding of life’s mysterious ways, their toleration of other ways than theirs, their capacity to absorb other peoples and their cultural accomplishments, to synthesize them and develop a varied and mixed culture; nor can we forget the myriad experiences which have built up our ancient race and lie embedded in our sub-conscious minds. We will never forget them or cease to take pride in that noble heritage of ours. If India forgets them she will no longer remain India and much that has made her our joy and pride will cease to be.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

“The practical statesman took precedence over the uncompromising prophet.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Discovery of India

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes on India

“If any person raises his hand to strike down another on the ground of religion, I shall fight him till the last breath of my life, both as the head of the government and from the outside”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes Dream India

“Success often comes to those who dare to act. It seldom goes to the timid who are ever afraid of the consequences.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“Life is too complicated and, as far as we can understand it in our present state of knowledge, too illogical, for it to be confined within the four corners of a fixed doctrine. The”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Discovery of India

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes Dream India

“There is only one thing that remains to us that cannot be taken away: to act with courage and dignity and to stick to the ideals that have given meaning to life; but that is not the politician’s way.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, An Autobiography

“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.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“She was like some ancient palimpsest on which layer upon layer of thought and reverie had been inscribed , and yet no succeeding layer had completely hidden or erased what had been written previously.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes Dream India

“We must remember that what our governments are doing today will set the tone for future administrations. The very powers that may be exercised, perhaps for adequate reasons today, may be exercised later for totally inadequate and perhaps even for objectionable reasons. It is always unsafe to weaken on principles.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“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.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“Fear builds its phantoms which are more fearsome than fear itself”
― jawaharlal Nehru

“A country under foreign domination seeks escape from the present in dreams of a vanished age, and finds consolation in visions of past greatness. That is a foolish and dangerous pastime in which many of us indulge. An equally questionable practice for us in India is to imagine that we are still spiritually great though we have come down in the world in other respects. Spiritual or any other greatness cannot be founded on lack of freedom and opportunity, or on starvation and misery.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

“The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“Schopenhauer says, ‘a man can do what he will, but not will as he will.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, Discovery of India

“But, after all, no safeguards are adequate, unless the will to give effect to them fully is present.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

“Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

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