Quotes by Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964) was the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics before and after independence. He emerged as the paramount leader of the Indian independence movement and ruled India from its establishment as an independent nation in 1947 until his death in 1964. He is considered to be the architect of the modern Indian nation-state: a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic.

“The best and noblest gifts of humanity cannot be the monopoly of a particular race or country; its scope may not be limited nor may it be regarded as the miser’s hoard buried underground.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India.

“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru.


“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru.


“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru.


“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.


“Facts are facts and they will not disappear on the account of your likes.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru.


“The spectacle of what is called religion, or at any rate organised religion, in India and elsewhere, has filled me with horror and I have frequently condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always it seemed to stand for blind belief and reaction, dogma and bigotry, superstition, exploitation and the preservation of vested interests.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru.


“There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru.


“If any person raises his hand to strike down another on the ground of religion, I shall fight him till the last breath of my life, both as the head of the government and from the outside”
― Jawaharlal Nehru.

“We believe that it is the inalienable right of the Indian people, as of any other people, to have freedom and to enjoy the fruits of their toil and have the necessities of life, so that they may have full opportunities of growth. We believe also that if any government deprives a people of these rights and oppresses them the people have a further right to alter it or abolish it.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.

“Great causes and little men go ill together.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.

“Phrases and slogans have become dangerous companions in these days unless they are allied to clear thought and well-considered objectives and methods.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Most of us seldom take the trouble to think. Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Because we have sought to cover up past evil, though it still persists, we have been powerless to check the new evil of today.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
“We must constantly remind ourselves that whatever our religion or creed, we are all one people.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
“I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West … Out of place everywhere, at home nowhere.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
“The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
You don’t change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall. – Jawaharlal Nehru.
“We talk about a secular state in India. It is perhaps not very easy even to find a good word in Hindi for “secular”. Some people think it means something opposed to religion. That obviously is not correct. What it means is that it is state which honours all faiths equally and gives them equal opportunities; that, as a state, it does not allow itself to be attached to one faith or religion, which then becomes the state religion.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse. So we are forced to accept democracy. It has good points and also bad. But merely saying that democracy will solve all problems is utterly wrong. Problems are solved by intelligence and hard work.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit. It is never a narrowing of the mind or a restriction of the human spirit or the country’s spirit.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.

“Can you recognise the flowers by their names and the birds by their singing? How easy it is to make friends with them and with everything in nature, if you go to them affectionately and with friendship. You must have read many fairy tales and stories of long ago. But the world itself is the greatest fairy tale and story of adventure that was ever written.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.

“Grown-ups have a strange way of putting themselves in compartments and groups. They build barriers of religion, caste, colour, party, nation, province, language, customs and of rich and poor. Fortunately, children do not know much about these barriers, which separate. They play and work with each other and it is only when they grow up that they begin to learn about these barriers from their elders.” – Jawaharlal Nehru.


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