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110 Inspiring Quotes by Indira Gandhi

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Indira Gandhi

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (Hindi: [ˈɪndɪɾa ˈɡaːndʱi]; née Nehru; 19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was an Indian politician and a central figure of the Indian National Congress. She was the first and, to date, only female Prime Minister of India. Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. She served as prime minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984, making her the second longest-serving Indian prime minister after her father.

During Nehru's time as Prime Minister of India from 1947 to 1964, Gandhi was considered a key assistant and accompanied him on his numerous foreign trips. She was elected President of the Indian National Congress in 1959. Upon her father's death in 1964, she was appointed as a member of the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and became a member of Lal Bahadur Shastri's cabinet as Minister of Information and Broadcasting. In the Congress Party's parliamentary leadership election held in early 1966 (upon the death of Shastri), she defeated her rival Morarji Desai to become leader, and thus succeeded Shastri as Prime Minister of India.

As prime minister, Gandhi was known for her political intransigency and unprecedented centralisation of power. She went to war with Pakistan in support of the independence movement and war of independence in East Pakistan, which resulted in an Indian victory and the creation of Bangladesh, as well as increasing India's influence to the point where it became the sole regional power of South Asia. Citing separatist tendencies, and in response to a call for revolution, Gandhi instituted a state of emergency from 1975 to 1977 where basic civil liberties were suspended and the press was censored. Widespread atrocities were carried out during the emergency. In 1980, she returned to power after free and fair elections. After Gandhi ordered military action in the Golden Temple in Operation Blue Star, her own bodyguards and Sikh nationalists assassinated her on 31 October 1984.

In 1999, Indira Gandhi was named "Woman of the Millennium" in an online poll organised by the BBC. In 2020, Gandhi was named by Time magazine among the world's 100 powerful women who defined the last century.




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

--Indira Gandhi

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People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.

--Indira Gandhi

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

--Indira Gandhi



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I don't waste time in flowery small talk, as people do in India.

--Indira Gandhi

white and purple flower in macro shot

Dacca is now the free capital of a free country.

--Indira Gandhi

black and white bird on seashore

In all societies that have applied a form of socialism, a certain degree of social economic equality has been achieved.

--Indira Gandhi

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Our pride has grown in the last twenty-five years, though others don't understand it and underestimate it.

--Indira Gandhi


Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

When it's impossible, it's better to stoop to compromise, without resisting and without complaining. People who complain are selfish.

--Indira Gandhi

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Popularity is not a guarantee of quality.

--Indira Gandhi

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To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality.

--Indira Gandhi






toddlers standing outdoors

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.

--Indira Gandhi





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Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance.

--Indira Gandhi

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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.

--Indira Gandhi

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One must not be afraid of being hurt. The world is full of all kinds of hurts and it is only by facing them that we can become strong and hardy.

--Indira Gandhi

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Politics is the art of acquiring, holding, and wielding power.

--Indira Gandhi


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The meek may one day inherit the earth, but not the headlines.

--Indira Gandhi

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There are grave misgivings that the discussion on ecology may be designed to distract attention from the problems of war and poverty.

--Indira Gandhi

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I was happy to be with my parents. I didn't see very much of them, so I was very happy when my father was there and out of jail.

--Indira Gandhi

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The civil servant is primarily the master of the short-term solution.

--Indira Gandhi


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I don't think my father was my mentor.

--Indira Gandhi

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You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

--Indira Gandhi

landscape photography of mountain

The civil servant is primarily the master of the short-term solution.

--Indira Gandhi

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Rebels and non-conformists are often the pioneers and designers of change.

--Indira Gandhi

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I have already reached out to the janata, and I am only trying to acquaint myself with people's problems.

--Indira Gandhi

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A nation' s strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others.

--Indira Gandhi

black and white bird on seashore

For me the only point that has remained unchanged through the years is that in India there is still so much poverty.

--Indira Gandhi

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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.

--Indira Gandhi

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Little by little I changed my mind, and when I was about eighteen, I began to consider the possibility of getting married. Not to have a husband, but to have children.

--Indira Gandhi

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Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

--Indira Gandhi

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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.

--Indira Gandhi

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As I always say, I do not wish you an easy time, but I wish you that whatever difficulty you may have, you will overcome it.

--Indira Gandhi

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Happiness is a state of mind, you know. I don't think you are permanently happy. One is happy about certain things and not so happy about others.

--Indira Gandhi


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I assure you we'll go on making our decisions without worrying whether it pleases or displeases the Soviet Union, China, America, France, or anyone else.

--Indira Gandhi

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There is not love where there is no will.

--Indira Gandhi

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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.

--Indira Gandhi


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A lot of mythology arose after Mahatma Gandhi death. But the fact remains that he was an exceptional man, terribly intelligent, with tremendous intuition for people, and a great instinct for what was right.

--Indira Gandhi

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Ability is not always gauged by examination.

--Indira Gandhi

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There are millions of people in the world but most of them just drift along, afraid of death and even more afraid of life.

--Indira Gandhi


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Mankind will endure when the world appreciates the logic of diversity.

--Indira Gandhi


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Nothing that is worthwhile is ever easy.

--Indira Gandhi

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I grew up like a boy, also because most of the children who came to our house were boys.

--Indira Gandhi

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I was a perfect housewife. Being a mother has always been the job I liked best. Absolutely.

--Indira Gandhi

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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.

--Indira Gandhi



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My son had nothing to do with policy or decision making, nor did I discuss the elections or any other matter with him.

--Indira Gandhi

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Defeats are always pitiful. Victories are always last resources.

--Indira Gandhi




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On the one hand, the rich look askance at our continuing poverty -- on the other, they warn us against their own methods.

--Indira Gandhi

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There are only moments of happiness -- from contentment to ecstacy.

--Indira Gandhi

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Still, in international matters, the treaty changes nothing. That is, it doesn't prevent us from being friends with other countries, which indeed we are.

--Indira Gandhi



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We have to prove to the disinherited majority of the world that ecology and conservation will not work against their interest but will bring an improvement in their lives.

--Indira Gandhi

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I think basically I'm lazy, but I have a housewife's mentality when I go about my job.

--Indira Gandhi

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We do not wish to impoverish the environment any further, and yet we cannot for a moment forget the grim poverty of large numbers of people. Are not poverty and need the greatest polluters?

--Indira Gandhi

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To bear many children is considered not only a religious blessing but also an investment. The greater their number, some Indians reason, the more alms they can beg.

--Indira Gandhi

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In today's world no country can be absolutely independent of another. It is a world of interdependence.

--Indira Gandhi

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I examine the consequences later, when a new situation arises and I then face the new situation. And that's it.

--Indira Gandhi

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One must beware of this ministers who can do nothing without money and those who want to do everything with money.

--Indira Gandhi

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I'm certainly not a workaholic.

--Indira Gandhi

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People with clenched fists can not shake hands.

--Indira Gandhi

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The greatest of all contraceptives is affluence.

--Indira Gandhi

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Winning or losing of the election is less important than strengthening the country.

--Indira Gandhi

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

--Indira Gandhi


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The power to question is the basis of all human progress.

--Indira Gandhi

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This is why we feel that democracy's important: because democracy allows you to have small explosions and therefore avoid the bigger explosions.

--Indira Gandhi


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I certainly won't have an empty life!

--Indira Gandhi

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It's a law of life -- check it and you'll see it holds true in every situation of life.

--Indira Gandhi

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There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.

--Indira Gandhi

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Wearing khadi was a badge of honour. It was something one was proud to do.

--Indira Gandhi

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If you only knew, for instance, how much I enjoy being a grandmother! Do you know I'm twice a grandmother? Rajiv and Sonia have had a boy and a girl.

--Indira Gandhi

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You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

--Indira Gandhi


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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.

--Indira Gandhi


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The environmental problems of developing countries are not the side effects of excessive industrialisation but reflect the inadequacy of development.

--Indira Gandhi


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I am not a person to be pressured -- by anybody or any nation.

--Indira Gandhi


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We would rather starve than sell our national honor.

--Indira Gandhi

foggy mountains

I don't care if I remain prime minister. I'm only interested in doing a good job as long as I'm capable and for as long as I don't get tired.

--Indira Gandhi

white desk lamp beside green plant

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.

--Indira Gandhi

man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night

The sterilization of men is one method of birth control. The surest, most radical method. To you it seems dreadful. To me it seems that, properly applied, it's by no means dreadful.

--Indira Gandhi


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

--Indira Gandhi

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