Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

Most popular Jawaharlal Nehru Quotes

Ignorance is always afraid of change.
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change

Every little thing counts in a crisis.
— Jawaharlal Nehru
A theory must be tempered with reality.
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Great causes and little men go ill together.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

greatness

Citizenship consists in the service of the country.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

country

The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

art

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

geopolitics

Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

culture

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.
— Jawaharlal Nehru
Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.
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democracy

Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

peace

Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

socialism democracy

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
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There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear.
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fear

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

What we really are matters more than what other people think of us.
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what others think

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

virtue

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

Ultimately what we really are matters more than what other people think of us.
— Jawaharlal Nehru
The man who has gotten everything he wants is all in favour of peace and order.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

peace order

You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.
— Jawaharlal Nehru
It is the habit of every aggressor nation to claim that it is acting on the defensive.
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geopolitics

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

human nature action

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

action

Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

humility

The purely agitational attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.
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It is amazing how people deceive themselves and others when it is in their interest to do so.

deceit self-deception

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

crisis

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

advice

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

danger

I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West, out of place everywhere, at home nowhere.
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Life is a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
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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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morals

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

free will fate life

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

capitalism inequality

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

achievement

Socialism is ... not only a way of life, but a certain scientific approach to social and economic problems.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

socialism

Obviously, the highest type of efficiency is that which can utilize existing material to the best advantage.
— Jawaharlal Nehru
Peace cannot suddenly descend from the heavens. It can only come when the root-causes of trouble are removed.
— Jawaharlal Nehru
Life is like a game of cards.  The hand that is dealt you represents determinism.  The way you play it is free will.

life

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

positive

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

leadership rationalization

It is possible to make a garden from a wilderness quickly; but it is not easy to re-convert the wilderness from a garden.
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It is difficult to moralize about any matter, as ideas of conventional morality differ from age to age and country to country.
— Jawaharlal Nehru
Ignorance is always afraid of change.  It fears the unknown and sticks to its rut, however miserable it may be there.  In its blindness it stumbles on anyhow.

ignorance change

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

Travel

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.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

adventure

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

famous

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.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

geopolitics peace