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Friday, April 23, 2010

Quotes from Wings of Fire


I have noted down lot of quotes from Wings of Fire - APJ Abdul Kalam. Its quite inspiring and lot to learn from every quote. Hope everyone likes it.

“When you pray, you transcend your body and become a part of the cosmos, which knows no division of wealth, age, caste, or creed”

“To succeed in life and achieve results, you must understand and master three mighty forces – desire, belief, and expectation.”

“Bread baked without love is a bitter bread that feeds but half a man’s hunger”

“For all your days prepare 
And meet them ever alike 
When you are the anvil, bear – 
When you are the hammer, strike.”

“Don’t worry and fret, fainthearted,
The chances have just begun,
For the best jobs haven’t been started,
The best work hasn’t been done”

“Total commitment is not just hard work. It is total involvement. Building a rock wall is back – breathing work. There are some people who build rock walls all their lives. And when they die, there are miles of walls, mute testimonials to how hard those people had worked.”

“Know where you are going. The great thing in the world is not knowing so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

“What you imagine, is what will transpire. What you believe is what you will achieve.”

 “No matter what you achieve, you should never be completely satisfied and should always be searching for ways to prove yourself.”

“Good and bad people live together under the sun as the black thread and the white are woven together in a cloth. When either one of the black or white thread breaks, the weaver shall look into the whole cloth, and he shall examine the loom also.”

“God has not promised 
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways
All our life through;
God has not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.
But God has promised 
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labour
Light for the way”

Beautiful quotes from Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“Beautiful hands are those that do
Work that is earnest and brave and true
Moment by moment
The long day through.”

“If you want to leave your footprints
On the sands of time
Do not drag your feet.”

“Who never climbed the weary league – 
Can such a foot explore
The purple territories
On Rameswaram’s shore?”

A man telling APJ… “There is no big shot in our team, how will we be able to break through?”
APJ replied “A big shot is a little shot who keeps on shooting, so keep trying”

“If a job meets the employees’ need for achievement, recognition, responsibility growth and advancement, they will work hard to achieve goals.”

“Involvement, participation and commitment were the key words to functioning.”

“Do not look at Agni
As an entity directed upward 
To deter the ominous 
Or exhibit your might.
It is fire
In the heart of an Indian.
Do not even give it
The form of a missile
As it clings to the 
Burning pride of this nation
And thus is bright.”

“Away! fond thoughts, and vex my soul no more!
Work claimed my wakeful nights, my busy days 
Albeit brought memories of Rameswaram shore
Yet haunt my dreaming gaze!

“Great dreams if of great dreamers are always transcended.”

“Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.”

“On the coast of Coromandel
Where the earthy shells blow,
In the middle of the sands
Lived some really rich souls.
One cotton lungi and half a candle – 
One old jug without a handle
These were all the worldly possessions

Of these kings in the middle if the sands.”

“My worthiness is all my doubt – 
His merit – all my fear – 
Contrasting which my quality
Does however – appear.”

“I am a well in this great land
Looking at its millions of boys and girls
To draw from me
The inexhaustible divinity
And spread His grace everywhere
As does the water drawn from a well.”


  1. hi,
    hey u have written gr8 quotes from Wings of fire .They are very inspirational and gives us lessons to live life in today's competing world.As I am student my favourite quote is "To succeed in life and achieve results, you must understand and master three mighty forces – desire, belief, and expectation." which gives me strength & confidence during my exam preparartions.
    Thanks a lot.

  2. i think that it should also be added- "Never feel hopeless; we all are born with a divine fire in us and our efforts should to give wings to this fire and fill the world with glow of its goodness."

  3. Hey, thanks for writing this blog, actually it has helped me many times. I read the book in my engineering days and I really loved it. However I never knew its power until I started my professional career. Initially there was lot of struggle in the beginning and still there are times when I feel low, at all such moments I just think of the things I read in the book or else read your blog. :)