If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting, I know that the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassins, not in my dying.
The power to question is the basis of all human progress.
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
A nation' s strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others.
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.
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
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.
There is not love where there is no will.
People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.
Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood... will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic.
There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.
You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
All my games were political games; I was, like Joan of Arc, perpetually being burned at the stake.
We have believed - and we do believe now - that freedom is indivisible, that peace is indivisible, that economic prosperity is indivisible
You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.
In an underdeveloped society, the first anxiety is of infant mortality. In an advanced one it is to keep alive the aged.
in today's world no country can be absolutely independent of another. It is a world of interdependence.
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.
Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.
It is our duty to create a social milieu in which the young and the socially weak feel that the present and future belong to them.
One must beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money.
Rebels and non-conformists are often the pioneers and designers of change.
One must beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money
My father was a statesman, I am a political woman. My father was a saint. I am not.
Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something.
Politics is the art of acquiring, holding, and wielding power.
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.