A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (A.P.J.) Abdul Kalam was an aerospace scientist who also served as the 11th president of India from 2002 to 2007. Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and he died on 27 July 2015 in Shillong, India. Kalam’s work as an aerospace scientist and president of India has improved many lives and he still continues to inspire millions of people around the world.

Here are some of the best Abdul Kalam quotes about students, success, education, dreams, knowledge and love:

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Quotes For Students

APJ Abdul Kalam quotes for students

1. All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

2. Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realize the great life. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

3. The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

4. We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

5. One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

6. 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. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

7. Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

8. If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means, First Attempt In Learning.

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9. Small aim is a crime; have great aim. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

10. Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

11. Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

12. Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

13. The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise… Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

14. I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

15. To become ‘unique,’ the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Quotes On Education

APJ Abdul Kalam quotes on education

16. Ultimately, education in its real sense is the pursuit of truth. It is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

17. The best brains of the nation may be found on the last benches of the classroom. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

18. Ultimately, education in its real sense is the pursuit of truth. It is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

19. Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self-respect. If only the real sense of education could be realized by each individual and carried forward in every field of human activity, the world will be so much a better place to live in. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

20. A teacher should have a creative mind. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

21. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

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22. Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

23. Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

24. Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

25. Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

26. We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Quotes On Success

APJ Abdul Kalam quotes on success

27. Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

28. Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

29. If you are born with fame, it is an accident. If you die with fame, it is an achievement. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

30. If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like the sun. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

31. All birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

32. Confidence and hard-work is the best medicine to kill the disease called failure. It will make you a successful person. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

33. To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

34. You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future.

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35. Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

36. When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

37. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

38. A developed India by 2020 is not a dream. It should not be just a vision in the minds of Indians. It is a mission we can all take up and get success, but it is still a dream for all Indians. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

39. When our signature changes to autograph, this marks the success. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

40. Don’t read success stories, you will only get a message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

41. Creativity is seeing the same thing but thinking differently. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Quotes About Dreams

APJ Abdul Kalam quotes about dreams

42. Dream, dream, dream. Dreams transform into thoughts, and thoughts result in action. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

43. Dream is not the thing you see in sleep but is that thing that doesn’t let you sleep. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

44. We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream! – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

45. Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.

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46. Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

47. You have to dream before your dreams can come true. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

48. Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Quotes On Knowledge

APJ Abdul Kalam quotes on knowledge

49. If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Quotes About Love

APJ Abdul quotes about love

50. Where do the evils like corruption arise from? It comes from the never-ending greed. The fight for corruption-free ethical society will have to be fought against this greed and replace it with ‘what can I give’ spirit. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

51. Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

52. War is never a lasting solution for any problem. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

53. Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.

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54. No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

55. Writing is my love. If you love something, you find a lot of time. I write for two hours a day, usually starting at midnight; at times, I start at 11. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is an inspiration to many Indians and other millions of people around the world. What are some of Abdul Kalam’s quotes that have inspired you to pursue your dreams and transform your life?