Happy Birthday Dr APJ Abdul Kalam >> Tune in to M3 FM for his interview with Derek O'Brien on education, politics, corruption, hair cuts and more

Happy Birthday Dr APJ Abdul Kalam >> Tune in to M3 FM for his interview with Derek O'Brien on education, politics, corruption, hair cuts and more

October 15, 2014

On his 83nd birthday, click here to listen to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's interview with Derek O'Brien on M3 FM. A freewheeling chat on education, politics, corruption, hair cuts and more.


Here are a few inspirational quotes from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President and the country's most respected teacher.

  • Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.
  • Thinking is progress. Non-thinking is stagnation of the individual, organisation and the country. Thinking leads to action. Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant. Knowledge with action converts adversity into prosperity.
  • My message, especially to young people, is to have 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. This is my message to the young people.
  • Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
  • 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.
  • When you speak, speak the truth; perform when you promise; discharge your trust... Withhold your hands from striking, and from taking that which is unlawful and bad.
  • What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful and to remove the wrongs of injured.
  • Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.
  • Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
  • Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.



Click here to read excerpts from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's book, My Journey: Transforming Dreams into Actions


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