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A collection of thoughts and quotes by B.R Ambedkar on relationships, life, religion, caste, equality, democracy, ethics, society, freedom and liberty.

32 Top B. R. Ambedkar Quotes That Prove What A Genius He Was

Famous As: Indian Jurist
Born On: April 14, 1891
Died On: December 6, 1956
Born In: Dr. Ambedkar Nagar
Founder / Co Founder: Buddhist Society of India, Independent Labour Party, Scheduled Castes Federation, Samata Sainik Dal
Died At Age: 65
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar also known as Baba Saheb was an Indian politician, jurist, social re-former and economist, who rose to prominence in the 20th century and is particularly famous for having championed the cause of dalits or the ‘untouchables’ in India. Ambedkar was born in a Dalit family and his experiences of segregation as a school student had a profound effect on his life. He studied at the well-known Elphinstone High School in Mumbai and became the only untouchable who was enrolled there. Ambedkar then went to study Economics at Columbia University on a scholarship and finally got his doctorate from London School of Economics in 1923. He became a professor and was regarded as a gifted political thinker, lawyer and economist. However, he is most famous for his activities as a social reformer who fought against the Hindu caste system and the discrimination against untouchables. Additionally, he was an extremely important member of the Indian freedom struggle and published plenty of journals on the negotiations related to the process. Last but not the least, Ambedkar was also instrumental in framing India’s constitution after it gained independence. We all know that Ambedkar was a great motivator, speaker, political thinker and social activist and spoke and wrote about varied sugjects. We have excerpted his thought-provoking and relevant quotes from his speeches, and writings. Though B.R Ambedkar’s journey was not easy, he accomplished it with sincere dedication, determination and hard work; his quotes motivate us to do the same.
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The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.

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I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.

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Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.

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

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I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.

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Life should be great rather than long.

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

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Religion is for man and not man for religion

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Though, I was born a Hindu, I solemnly assure you that I will not die as a Hindu

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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.

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

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Humans are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die.

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Indifferentism is the worst kind of disease that can affect people.

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So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.

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

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Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.

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It is not enough to be electors only. It is necessary to be law-makers; otherwise those who can be law-makers will be the masters of those who can only be electors.

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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.

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A safe army is better than a safe border

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A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.

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Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.

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Slavery does not merely mean a legalised form of subjection. It means a state of society in which some men are forced to accept from others the purposes which control their conduct.

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What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights.

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If you ask me, my ideal would be the society based on liberty, equality and fraternity. An ideal society should be mobile and full of channels of conveying a change taking place in one part to other parts.

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The basic idea underlying religion is to create an atmosphere for the spiritual development of the individual.

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I refuse to join with them in performing the miracle—I will not say trick—of liberating the oppressed with the gold of the tyrant, and raising the poor with the cash of the rich.

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The outcaste is a bye-product of the caste system. There will be outcastes as long as there are castes. Nothing can emancipate the outcaste except the destruction of the caste system.

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Law and order are the medicine of the politic body and when the politic body gets sick, medicine must be administered.

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A just society is that society in which ascending sense of reverence and descending sense of contempt is dissolved into the creation of a compassionate society

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Every man must have a philosophy of life, for everyone must have a standard by which to measure his conduct. And philosophy is nothing but a standard by which to measure.

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For a successful revolution it is not enough that there is discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights.

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One cannot have any respect or regard for men who take the position of the reformer and then refuse to see the logical consequences of that position, let alone following them out in action.

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