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A collection of quotes and thoughts by J. R. D. Tata on speech, inspiration, science, institute, business, ethics, perfection, India, excellence and leadership.

20 JRD Tata Quotes That Awaken The Individual In You

Quick Facts

Famous As: French-Indian aviator

Born On: July 29, 1904

Died On: November 29, 1993

Born In: Paris, France

Founder / Co Founder: TCS, Tata Motors, Titan Industries, Tata Tea, Voltas, Air India

Died At Age: 89

J. R. D. Tata was a distinguished French-Indian entrepreneur and aviator. He was the shareholder of Tata Sons and the chairperson of Tata Group. He was born in an elite family where his father Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata was a celebrated businessman and his mother Suzanna Briere was the first Indian woman who drove a car. He has been the one who founded a number of industries under the flagship of Tata Group which includes Tata Tea, Air India, Tata Consultancy, Voltas, Titan Industries and Tata Motors. For his phenomenal contributions to the Indian industry he was awarded India’s highest civilian awards namely ‘Padma Vibhushan’ and ‘Bharat Ratan’. We have rounded some popular, famous, notable, inspiring and insightful quotes and thoughts by the celebrated businessman on country, rewards, people, essentials, thinker, common, priorities, target, affection, average, steel, life, cleanliness, aim, grow etc which are till date quoted by people from all walks of life. Let us browse through the quotes and sayings by J. R. D. Tata which have been extracted from the vast sea of his works, thoughts and life. 

I know that aiming at perfection has its drawbacks. It makes you go into details that you can avoid but that is the only way you can achieve excellence. So, in that case, being finicky is essential.

J. R. D. Tata

To lead men, you have to lead them with affection.

J. R. D. Tata

Quality is first engineered; only then it is inspected

J. R. D. Tata

Live Life a little dangerously

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Cleanliness is the Hallmark of perfect standards and the best quality inspector is the conscience

J. R. D. Tata

If you want excellence, you must aim at perfection. It has its drawbacks but being finicky is essential.

J. R. D. Tata

Making steel may be compared to making a chappati. To make a good chappati, even a golden pin will not work unless the dough is good

J. R. D. Tata

To be a leader, you have got to lead human beings with affection

J. R. D. Tata

Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved without deep thought and hard work,

J. R. D. Tata

Most of our troubles are due to poor implementation….wrong priorities and unattainable targets

J. R. D. Tata

Uncommon thinkers reuse what common thinkers refuse

J. R. D. Tata

Good human relations not only bring great personal rewards but are essential to the success of any enterprise.

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No success or achievement in material terms is worthwhile unless it serves the needs or interests of the country and its people and is achieved by fair and honest means.

J. R. D. Tata

I do not want India to be an economic superpower. I want India to be a happy country.

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Productivity and efficiency can be achieved only step by step with sustained hard work, relentless attention to details and insistence on the highest standards of quality and performance.

J. R. D. Tata

Money is like manure. It stinks when you pile it; it grows when you spread it

J. R. D. Tata

Always aim at perfection for only then will you achieve excellence

J. R. D. Tata

The essence of air transport is speed, and speed is unfortunately one of the most expensive commodities in the world, principally because of the disproportionate amount of the power required to achieve high speed and to lift loads thousands of feet into the air. This is strikingly illustrated by the fact that while an average cargo ship, freight train and transport aeroplane are each equipped with engines totalling about 2,500 H.P., the ship can carry a load of about 7,000 tons, the train 800 tons and the plane only two and a half tons.

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The wealth gathered by Jamsetji Tata and his sons in half a century of industrial pioneering formed but a minute fraction of the amount by which they enriched the nation. The whole of that wealth is held in trust for the people and used exclusively for their benefit. The cycle is thus complete; what came from the people has gone back to the people many times over.

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If I have any merit, it is getting along with individuals, according to their ways and characteristics. At times it involves suppressing yourself. It is painful, but necessary. To be a leader you have got to lead human beings with affection,

J. R. D. Tata