Talk:Jawaharlal Nehru

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  • Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
  • Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.
  • I do not attach much importance to America's bombs. I attach importance to her great vitality and integrity. The strength of America is deeper and more significant than her financial power.
  • I have always thought that the best way to find out what is right and what is not right, what should be done and what should not be done, is not to give a sermon, but to talk and discuss, and out of discussion sometimes a little bit of truth comes out.
  • I want nothing to do with any religion concerned with keeping the masses satisfied to live in hunger, filth, and ignorance. I want nothing to do with any order, religious or otherwise, which does not teach people that they are capable of becoming happier and more civilized on this earth, capable of becoming master of his fate and captain of his soul.
  • Ignorance is always afraid of change.
  • It is a fundamental rule of human life that, if the approach is good, the response is good.
  • It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.
  • It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening of custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, or a rich country inhabited by starving poor... Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid... The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.
  • 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 that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
    • Variants: Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
      Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
  • Logic and cold reason are poor weapons to fight fear and distrust. Only faith and generosity can overcome them.
  • Loyal and efficient work in a great cause, even though it may not be immediately recognized, ultimately bears fruit.
  • No country or people who are slaves to dogma and the dogmatic mentality can progress, and unhappily our country and people have become extraordinarily dogmatic and little-minded.
  • 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. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
    • Variant: 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.
  • 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 basic fact of today is the tremendous pace of change in human life.
  • 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 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 no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
  • What we need is a generation of peace.