A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes To Inspire You To Dream

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen popularly known as, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was an aerospace scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 to a Tamil Muslim family in the pilgrimage centre of Rameswaram on Pamban Island. His father Jainulabdeen was a boat owner and imam of a local mosque; his mother Ashiamma was a housewife. Kalam was the youngest of four brothers and one sister in his family. Kalam’s family’s financial condition was not good and at an early age, he sold newspapers to supplement his family’s income.


In his school years, Kalam was a average grade student, but was described as a bright and hardworking student who had a strong desire to learn. He spent hours on his studies, especially mathematics. After completing his education at the Schwartz Higher Secondary School, Ramanathapuram, Kalam went on to attend Saint Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli from where he graduated in Physics in 1954. Then he moved to Madras in 1955 to study aerospace engineering in Madras Institute of Technology.

“You have to dream before the dream comes true.” 

The Missile Man

After graduating from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960, Kalam joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation as a scientist after becoming a member of the Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS). He started his career by designing a small hovercraft, but remained unconvinced by his choice of a job at DRDO. Kalam was also part of the INCOSPAR committee working under Vikram Sarabhai, the renowned space scientist. In 1969, Kalam was transferred to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) where he was the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite in near-earth orbit in July 1980; Kalam had first started work on an expandable rocket project independently at DRDO in 1965. In 1969, Kalam received the government’s approval and expanded the programme to include more engineers.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

In 1963 to 1964, he visited NASA‘s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; and Wallops Flight Facility. Between the 1970s and 1990s, Kalam made an effort to develop the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and SLV-III projects, both of which proved to be successful.


Kalam served as the 11th President of India, succeeding K. R. Narayanan. He won the 2002 presidential election with an electoral vote of 922,884, surpassing the 107,366 votes won by Lakshmi Sahgal. His term lasted from 25 July 2002 to 25 July 2007.

On 10 June 2002, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which was in power at the time, expressed that they would nominate Kalam for the post of President, and both the Samajwadi Party and the Nationalist Congress Party backed his candidacy. After the Samajwadi Party announced its support for Kalam, Narayanan chose not to seek a second term in office, leaving the field clear. Kalam said of the announcement of his candidature:

I am really overwhelmed. Everywhere both in Internet and in other media, I have been asked for a message. I was thinking what message I can give to the people of the country at this juncture.

On 18 June, Kalam filed his nomination papers in the Indian Parliament, accompanied by Vajpayee and his senior Cabinet colleagues.

Here’s a bunch of Quotes by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam which I think can Inspire You To Dream:

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

One best book is equal to a hundred good friends, but one good friend is equal to a library.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“We Should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us”.– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Thinking is the capital, an enterprise is a way, and hard work is the solution.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Dream, Dream, Dream, Dream transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“The essence of a happy life and a peaceful society lies in one sentence – What can I Give?”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Confidence and hard-work is the best medicine to kill the disease called failure. it will make you a successful person.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“I am not a Handsome guy, but I can give my hand-to-some one who needs help. beauty is in the heart not in the face.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“LIFE and TIME are the world’s best Teachers. Life teaches us to make good use of TIME and TIME teaches us the value of LIFE.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“Love Your Job but don’t love your company, because you may not know when your company stops loving you.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Knowledge with action converts adversity into prosperity.”– Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“If you want to shine like a sun. First burn like a sun.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“The best brains of the nation may be found on the last benches of the classroom.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“Thinking is the capital, Enterprise is the way, Hard Work is the solution.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“All Birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Dream, Dream, Dream Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“You can’t change your future but you can change your habits and surely your habits will change your future.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Be active! Take on responsibility! Work for the things you believe in. If you do not, you are surrendering your fate to others.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Without your involvement you can’t succeed. With your involvement you can’t fail.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Confidence and Hard-work is the best medicine to kill the disease called failure. It will make you a successful person.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“One best book is equal to a hundred good friends, but one good friend is equal to a library.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“Love your job but don’t love your company, because you may not know when your company stops loving you.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Success Is When Your “Signature” Changes to “Autograph”.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Don’t read success stories, you will only get a message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“A teacher should have a creative mind.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance?” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Science has revealed that the human body is made up of millions and millions of atoms… For example, I am made up of 5.8×10 27 atoms.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“My 2020 Vision for India is to transform it into a developed nation. That cannot be abstract; it is a lifeline.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“New markets could be created by rural potentials, which could lead to rise in the employment.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“Confidence and hard work is the medicine to kill the disease called failure. It will make you successful person.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise. Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“I’m not an expert on the arms race.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“It’s when children are 15, 16 or 17 that they decide whether they want to be a doctor, an engineer, a politician or go to the Mars or moon. That is the time they start having a dream, and that’s the time you can work on them. You can help them shape their dreams.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“One of the more difficult tasks for me as president was to decide on the issue of confirming capital punishment awarded by courts.. to my surprise.. almost all cases which were pending had a social and economic bias.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“When you look at the light bulb above you, you remember Thomas Alva Edison. When the telephone bell rings, you remember Alexander Graham Bell. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. When you see the blue sky, you think of Sir C.V. Raman.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Developing nations want to become developed nations.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“All the scientists and technologists should work in appropriate region, specifically the rural technologies, to transform Indian rural sector.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Nations consist of people. And with their effort, a nation can accomplish all it could ever want.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“War is never a lasting solution for any problem.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Over the years, I had nurtured the hope to be able to fly; to handle a machine as it rose higher and higher in the stratosphere was my dearest dream.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“While children are struggling to be unique, the world around them is trying all means to make them look like everybody else.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“For me, there are two types of people: the young and the experienced.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Widespread use of antibiotics promotes the spread of antibiotic resistance. Smart use of antibiotics is the key to controlling its spread.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“The government, whether state or central, is elected. That means we have a responsibility to elect the right kind of leaders.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“There has to be a global mission of human progress.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is harmony in the house; when there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation; when there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“How accurately can the law fix the crime? There has to be a mechanism for very fast action. The law is like this: catch them and punish them.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“When grand plans for scientific and defence technologies are made, do the people in power think about the sacrifices the people in the laboratories and fields have to make?” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“I have met 18 million youth, and each wants to be unique.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Quotes

“Rameswaram has, since antiquity, been an important pilgrimage destination.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“One lesson that every nation can learn from China is to focus more on creating village-level enterprises, quality health services and educational facilities.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam


Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, popularly known as “Missile Man” was a great person who has inspired alot of people by his beautiful words and work. He was a great and passionate leader who taught alot of young minds on how to achieve their dreams and execute on the work. He was one the most respectable scientist who played a very important role in the development of the Indian Space Programme (ISRO). His contribution to the world will always be remarkable and remembered. I hope these quotes were able to inspire you. Please do share it with your loved ones and friends.

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Gaurav Ramani is the founder of Quotes HUB. Gaurav has been exploring India from the last 2 years traveling to different places, exploring nature, new cultures and traditions. During his engineering days, he saw a lot of people being stressed-out because of their lives and the hatred in them for others being succeeding in their lives. So he thought why not to start inspiring people that "YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE" and nobody can replace you. His mission is simply to inspire people by the successful people around them and inspire others to live their dreams.