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Quotes from Jawaharlal Nehru

"A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action."

"A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long suppressed finds utterance."

"A theory must be tempered with reality."

"Action itself, so long as I am convinced that it is right action, gives me satisfaction."

"Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends."

"Citizenship consists in the service of the country."

"Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think."

"Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit."

"Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself."

"Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse."

"Every little thing counts in a crisis."

"Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes."

"Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles."

"Great causes and little men go ill together."

"I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West, out of place everywhere, at home nowhere."

"Ignorance is always afraid of change."

"It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say."

"It is the habit of every aggressor nation to claim that it is acting on the defensive."

"Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us."

"Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will."

"Loyal and efficient work in a great cause, even though it may not be immediately recognized, ultimately bears fruit."

"Obviously, the highest type of efficiency is that which can utilize existing material to the best advantage."

"Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them."

"Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people."

"Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people."

"Socialism is... not only a way of life, but a certain scientific approach to social and economic problems."

"The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds."

"The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer."

"The man who has gotten everything he wants is all in favor of peace and order."

"The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction."

"The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly."

"The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous."

"The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all."

"The purely agitational attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject."

"There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear."

"Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves."

"To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition."

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."

"What we really are matters more than what other people think of us."

"Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes."

"You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall."

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