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Inspirational quotes by Indira Gandhi on education, freedom, kids, power, poverty and other things.

63 Inspirational Quotes By Indira Gandhi, The Former Prime Minister Of India

Quick Facts

Famous As: Former Prime Minister of India

Born On: November 19, 1917

Died On: October 31, 1984

Born In: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India

Died At Age: 66

Indira Gandhi was an Indian politician, who served as the Prime Minister of India for around 15 years across two spells and is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of South Asian politics. Gandhi was the first and till date, the only female Prime Minister of India and was known for her aggressive stance on a variety of issues. She is particularly famous for sending the Indian Army to East Pakistan in the 1971 war that eventually led to the creation of Bangladesh. Her domestic policies, while largely socialist in nature, made her the undisputed mass leader of the country. She remains the 2nd longest serving Prime Minister of India ever, just behind her father Jawaharlal Nehru, the country’s first ever Prime Minister. Indira Gandhi was extremely well known for her rousing speeches that she delivered all over the country. Some of her quotes are still repeated by politicians across party lines to this day due to their resonance. Here is a collection of some inspiration quotes and sayings by Indira Gandhi on education, freedom, kids, power, poverty and other things.  

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My father was a statesman, I am a political woman. My father was a saint. I am not.

Indira Gandhi

People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.

Indira Gandhi

You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.

Indira Gandhi

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.

Indira Gandhi

Winning or losing of the election is less important than strengthening the country.

Indira Gandhi

I have lived a long life, and I am proud that I spend the whole of my life in the service of my people. I am only proud of this and nothing else. I shall continue to serve until my last breath, and when I die, I can say, that every drop of my blood will invigorate India and strengthen it.

Indira Gandhi

We have to prove to the disinherited majority of the world that ecology and conservation will not work against their interest but will bring an improvement in their lives.

Indira Gandhi

I think basically I'm lazy, but I have a housewife's mentality when I go about my job.

Indira Gandhi

Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood... will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic.

Indira Gandhi

Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.

Indira Gandhi

There is not love where there is no will.

Indira Gandhi

I'm certainly not a workaholic.

Indira Gandhi

I am not a person to be pressured - by anybody or any nation.

Indira Gandhi

Ability is not always gauged by examination.

Indira Gandhi

The environmental problems of developing countries are not the side effects of excessive industrialisation but reflect the inadequacy of development.

Indira Gandhi

We do not wish to impoverish the environment any further, and yet we cannot for a moment forget the grim poverty of large numbers of people. Are not poverty and need the greatest polluters?

Indira Gandhi

There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.

Indira Gandhi

This is why we feel that democracy's important: because democracy allows you to have small explosions and therefore avoid the bigger explosions.

Indira Gandhi

All the people who fought for freedom were my heroes. I mean, that was the sort of story I liked reading... freedom struggles and so on.

Indira Gandhi

The power to question is the basis of all human progress.

Indira Gandhi

I've never turned to anybody for advice and counsel. Even when I was a very small child, I had to stand on my feet because of the circumstances of those times, and somehow, the circumstances have remained more or less the same. I have to take my own decisions.

Indira Gandhi

The people have nothing to fear of me; people have never feared me.

Indira Gandhi

On the one hand, the rich look askance at our continuing poverty - on the other, they warn us against their own methods.

Indira Gandhi

Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.

Indira Gandhi

If I see something dirty or untidy, I have to clean it up.

Indira Gandhi

One must beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money.

Indira Gandhi

I don't think my father was my mentor.

Indira Gandhi

Wearing khadi was a badge of honour. It was something one was proud to do.

Indira Gandhi

If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting, I know that the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassins, not in my dying.

Indira Gandhi

All my games were political games; I was, like Joan of Arc, perpetually being burned at the stake.

Indira Gandhi

I was happy to be with my parents. I didn't see very much of them, so I was very happy when my father was there and out of jail.

Indira Gandhi

Happiness is a state of mind, you know. I don't think you are permanently happy. One is happy about certain things and not so happy about others.

Indira Gandhi

I have already reached out to the janata, and I am only trying to acquaint myself with people's problems.

Indira Gandhi

My son had nothing to do with policy or decision making, nor did I discuss the elections or any other matter with him.

Indira Gandhi

I am frequently attacked.

Indira Gandhi

Without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue. You have to have courage - courage of different kinds: first, intellectual courage, to sort out different values and make up your mind about which is the one which is right for you to follow. You have to have moral courage to stick up to that - no matter what comes in your way, no matter what the obstacle and the opposition is.

Indira Gandhi

There are grave misgivings that the discussion on ecology may be designed to distract attention from the problems of war and poverty.

Indira Gandhi

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

Indira Gandhi

Opportunities are not offered. They must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance... and courage.

Indira Gandhi

To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality.

Indira Gandhi

Until the day she died, my mother continued to fight for the rights of women. She joined all the women's movements of the time; she stirred up a lot of revolts. She was a great woman, a great figure. Women today would like her immensely.

Indira Gandhi

You soon realize that the peak you've climbed was one of the lowest, that the mountain was part of a chain of mountains, that there are still so many, so many mountains to climb...And the more you climb, the more you want to climb - even though you're dead tired.

Indira Gandhi

We always said that our struggle was not only against the British as representatives of colonialism, it was against all the evil that existed in India. The evil of the feudal system, the evil of the system based on caste, the evil of economic injustice.

Indira Gandhi

I learned very soon to get along by myself.

Indira Gandhi

The greatest of all contraceptives is affluence.

Indira Gandhi

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and vibrantly alive in repose.

Indira Gandhi

I cannot understand how anyone can be an Indian and not be proud.

Indira Gandhi

Difficulties can't be eliminated from life. Individuals will always have them, countries will always have them...The only thing is to accept them, if possible overcome them, otherwise to come to terms with them. It's all right to fight, yes, but only when it's possible.

Indira Gandhi

The meek may one day inherit the earth, but not the headlines.

Indira Gandhi

My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work, and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition there.

Indira Gandhi

Education is a liberating force, and in our age it is also a democratizing force, cutting across the barriers of caste and class, smoothing out inequalities imposed by birth and other circumstances.

Indira Gandhi

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

Indira Gandhi

A nation's strength ultimately consist in what it can do on its own and not in what it can borrow from other.

Indira Gandhi

Women sometimes go too far, it's true. But it's only when you go too far that others listen.

Indira Gandhi

To become capable, one must have faith in oneself.

Indira Gandhi

I don't mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die, every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation.

Indira Gandhi

The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive.

Indira Gandhi

Every new experience brings its own maturity and a greater clarity of vision.

Indira Gandhi

Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something.

Indira Gandhi

A nation' s strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others.

Indira Gandhi

I do not like carving the world into segments; we are one world.

Indira Gandhi

Popularity is not a gurantee of quality.

Indira Gandhi

The collective judgment of the electorate must be respected.

Indira Gandhi