Best 226 of Indira Gandhi quotes - MyQuotes

Follow
Indira Gandhi
By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

The word 'when' is so important for a people, for an individual! If an individual thinks he won't do it, he'll never do it. Even if he's highly intelligent, even if he has countless talents.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

The struggle for independence here has been conducted in equal measure by men and by women. And when we got our independence, no one forgot that. In the Western world, on the other hand, nothing of the kind has ever happened - women have participated, yes, but revolutions have always been made by men alone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Nothing can convince me that people are at one with their work unless they're joyous about it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

My sons...I was crazy about my sons and I think I've done a super job in bringing them up.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

When one has had a life as difficult as mine, one doesn't worry about how others will react.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

My husband lived in Lucknow. My father lived in Delhi, of course. So I shuttled between Delhi and Lucknow and...naturally, if my husband needed me on days when I was in Delhi, I ran back to Lucknow. But if it was my father who needed me, on the days when I was in Lucknow. And...yes, my husband got angry. And he quarreled. We quarreled. We quarreled a lot. It's true.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

The greatest of all contraceptives is affluence.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

That's always been my philosophy. - I've never thought of the consequences of a necessary action.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

It would seem that it was not in the interest of 'someone' for us to make progress. It was in 'someone's' interest that we be always at war, that we tear each other to pieces. Yes, I'm inclined to absolve the Pakistanis. How should they have behaved? Someone encouraged them to attack us, someone gave them weapons to attack us. And they attacked us.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

What does nonalignment mean? It means we don't belong to any military bloc and that we reserve the right to be friends with any country, independently of the influence of any country. All this has remained unchanged after the signing of the Indo-Soviet treaty, and others can say or think what they like - our policy won't change because of the Soviet Union.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

You don't help a country by supporting a military regime that denies any sign of democracy, and what defeated Pakistan was its military regime.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

If I'm happy, I look happy; if I'm angry, I show it. Without worrying about how others may react.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Even under the British there were hostile groups. There were clashes. But, as we found out later, these were clashes provoked by those who had no wish to let us live together - on the eve of the Partition. The policy of keeping us divided was always followed by foreigners, even after the Partition. If Indians and Pakistanis had been together...I don't say as confederated countries but as neighboring and friendly countries...like Italy and France, for example ...believe me, both of us would have progressed much further.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

You've never been very generous, you Westerners, toward us Indians. You should have seen that things were changing, albeit slowly. You should have seen that something was happening. Not much, but something.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

At no point, at a very important point: that of having convinced the Indians that they can do things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

As for the job of prime minister, I like it, yes. But no more than I've liked other work that I've done as an adult.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I began to travel by myself, in Europe, when I was eight years old. At that age I was already on the move between India and Swizerland, Switzerland and France, France and England. Administering my own finances like an adult.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

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

By Anonym 20 Sep

Indira Gandhi

You cannot shake hands with a closed fist.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I had recently had the impression they were changing - not so much by becoming less pro-Pakistan as by becoming less anti-India. I was wrong. My visit to [Richard] Nixon did anything but avert the war.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

The doctors advised me not to have even one. My health was still not good, and they said that pregnancy might be fatal. If they hadn't said that to me, maybe I wouldn't have got married. But that diagnosis provoked me, it infuriated me. I answered, 'Why do you think I'm getting married if not to have children? I don't want to hear that I can't have children; I want you to tell me what I have to do in order to have children!'

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

In the face of such a threat, they had no other choice but to throw themselves to the far left. But now that the people are conscious of our efforts, now that they see us resolving problems, the communists are losing strength.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I fall in love with anything I do and I always try to do it well.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

America always thought it was helping Pakistan. But if it hadn't helped Pakistan, Pakistan would have been a stronger country.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

In all communities you find groups that behave badly. But you must understand them too.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I began to associate with Mahatma Gandhi when he came and went in our house - together with my father and mother he was on the executive committee. After independence I worked with him a lot - in the period when there were the troubles between Hindus and Muslims, he assigned me to take care of the Muslims. To protect them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

It's not at all hard to reconcile the two things if you organize your time intelligently. Even when my sons were little, I was working.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

The International Control Commission isn't doing anything, it's never done anything. What good does it do to be on it or not? Before opening the embassy in Hanoi, I gave it a lot of thought, but it wasn't really a painful decision. American policy in Vietnam is what it is, in Saigon the situation is anything but normal, and I'm happy to have done what I did.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

The old need the company of the young so that they renew their contact with life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I have certain objectives. They're the same objectives my father had to give people a higher standard of living, to do away with the cancer of poverty, to eliminate the consequences of economic backwardness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

By now even the word socialism has so many meanings and interpretations. The Russians call themselves socialists, the Swedes call themselves. And let's not forget that in Germany there was also a national socialism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

The India I want, I'll never tire of repeating, is a more just and less poor India, one entirely free of foreign influences. If I thought the country was already marching toward these objectives, I'd give up politics immediately and retire as prime minister.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I think I'm cold, indeed icy, hard. Then there's another reason, one that goes with my frankness: I don't put on act.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

If by religion we mean a belief in humanity rather than the gods, an effort to make man better and a little happier, then yes, I'm very religious.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

In India's distant past, when the population was low, the blessing given a woman was, 'May you have many children.' Most of our epics and literature stress this wish, and the idea that a woman should have many children hasn't declined.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Being prime minister isn't the only job in life! As far as I'm concerned, I could live in a village and be satisfied.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Do you know why I won the last elections? It was because the people liked me, yes, because I had worked, yes, but also because the opposition had behaved badly toward me. And do you know why I won this war? Because my army was able to do it, yes, but also because the Americans were on the side of Pakistan.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

We were to equally strong types [with my husband], equally pigheaded - neither of us wanted to give in. And...I like to think those quarrels made us better, that they enlivened our life, because without them we would have had a normal life, yes, but banal and boring.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

I want to succeed. And I want to succeed in the best way possible, without caring whether people call my actions leftist or rightist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

[Mahatma Gandhi] said that the first president of India ought to be a harijan girl, an untouchable. He was so against the class system and the oppression of women that an untouchable woman became for him the epitome of purity and benediction.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Nowadays you can no longer let yourself be indoctrinated - the world is changing so fast! Even what you wanted twenty years ago is no longer relevant today; it's outdated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

My father cared very much about courage, physical courage as well. He despised those who didn't have it. But he never said to me, 'I want you to be courageous.' He just smiled with pride every time I did something difficult or won a race with the boys.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Indira Gandhi

The Western press has always insisted that India was Pakistan's enemy and vice versa, that the Hindus were against the Muslims and vice versa. They've never said, for instance, that my party has been fighting this attitude ever since we have maintained that religious hostilities are wrong and absurd, that minorities cannot be eliminated from a country, that people of different religions must live together.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

In India you don't find propaganda against Pakistan. During the war there was a little of it, naturally, but even during the war we were able to control it. In fact the Pakistanis were astonished by this. There were prisoners in the camp hospitals who exclaimed, 'What? You're a Hindu doctor and you want to cure me?'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Indira Gandhi

Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Indira Gandhi

India had barely become independent, in 1947, when Pakistan invaded Kashmir, which at the time was ruled by a maharajah. The maharajah fled, and the people of Kashmir, led by Sheikh Abdullah, asked for Indian help. Lord [Louis] Mountbatten, who was still governor general, replied that he wouldn't be able to supply aid to Kashmir unless Pakistan declared war, and he didn't seem bothered by the fact that the Pakistanis were slaughtering the population.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.