Abdul Kalam : 14 Realistic Quotes For Your Life

A sad loss

It is a sad thing to look at the news channels today to see that one of the most inspiring men india has ever seen is no more. The man and his achievements speak for themselves. It has always been a delight to hear his speeches, read about him. The spark in him has ignited so many minds that it is impossible to pay a true homage to such a personality.

Having said that, a personality might pass but his thoughts, principles and ideas live long, live so long that they become parts of our personality and our thoughts. What better respect can we give this man than living up to the ideals he shared and helped us rethink our lives in a fresher way. Its a sad loss today but the man lives along, in you, in me and in us. Here is a collection of his powerful quotes and their meaning, interpretation for our lives.

Abdul Kalam : The Missile Man Of India

Abdul Kalam, the scientist, president, an aerospace Engineer – popularly called the Missile Man of India is no wonder an inspiration to millions of Indians spread across the world. The winner of Bharat Ratna – India’s highest civilian honor is most popular for his interaction with the student community. I guess there are very few people who retain the child in them as they grow. Here is one man who has grown not inspite of the child like qualities but because of them. Here is a collection of 14 realistic quotes from Abdul Kalam. 

14 Realistic Quotes By APJ Abdul Kalam

1 [iPhone]

Dream, Dream Dream, Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.

It is very conflicting when someone uses the word dreams – they seem to be so cliched these days – especially with the amount of fantasy added to them. Having said that, I would be foolish to look at the idea of a dream lightly.

It was the dream of the wright brothers which make us fly today, it was the dream of cavemen which made us enjoy cooked food. I am sure at some point every little thing we do today might have felt unreasonably impossible for someone else generations together and they would have killed to have what we do today.

Maybe it makes sense to appreciate that and look at our dreams a little closer for these are the very precious ones which define us, enable us and push us to make them come true. For we all are here for that one dream – the dream to make our opportunities and our lives count! And before we part to the next quote, we leave you with a question – Are you living your childhood dreams?

2 [iPhone]

Dreams are not those which comes while we are sleeping, but dreams are those when u don’t sleep before fulfilling them.

There sure seems to be a lot of misconception when it comes to dream. And somehow in the parlance dreams seem to have taken a backstage, playing a lighter role.

But truth is – a dream is much more than that. As kalam says – it is not those dreams which make us dormant that count. We keep having those everyday and we don’t even remember most of them. But there are those few things which really define us – make us realize who we are really passionate about and what we are willing to stand up for.

Those are the real dreams and they deserve every little thing we can afford to make them come true. And here are the top 10 reasons we should avoid to chase our dreams and make them a reality. 

4 [iPhone]

This is my belief: that through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins.

We all hate our difficulties and challenges. I haven’t met many people who are excited at the sight of trouble, and I am no different either. But beyond all these challenges – there is a hidden message, sometimes a test to see how badly you want something and sometimes just a signal to alter the route you have followed so far.

But it is true that each of these challenges come with a purpose -a single purpose to help you achieve and realize your destiny. We can either let them have a strong impact on us, be completely overwhelmed by them and stop.

Or – We can stand our ground – tell ourselves or rather prove to ourselves that we are stronger than these challenges and like kalam says – give ourselves an opportunity to identify the gold hidden in the ruins.

3 [iPhone]

Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you, but to help you realize your hidden potential and power, let difficulties know that you too are difficult.

This quote seems very similar to the one above depicting the reason, purpose and the path for these difficulties in life. They either make us or break us – this is what most people are going to tell you.

But difficulties alone don’t make us or break us – it is simply us who do that. We define what those difficulties mean to us. We define how much impact they are going to have on our lives and we alone determine the course these difficulties take.

We can do the easier action of finding someone to blame it on – most times it is Luck, the theologists say it is god while the fatalists say it is fate. But a simple man says – it is an aberration and we need to find a way around it. What do you think?

In the end tougher challenges simply make you better! 

5 [iPhone]

All birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagles avoid rain by flying above the clouds. Problems are common, but attitude make the difference.

Every one of us faces problems in life and each of these problems are unique in their own way – their appearance, impact and the solutions too.

We all face these 6 confusing quests to solve our troubles in life – Denial, Anger, Solutions, Conflicts and so much more. But we need to order these quests to benefit us the most so that we find the best way out of the problem.

As Kalam says – The majestic eagle finds its way to the top of the clouds. So if you want a solution similar to the eagle you must ask the eagle. The sparrow can only advice you to hide and even if it asks you to cross over the clouds you would rarely want to believe a sparrow cos it has never done it. In other words the sparrow lacks credibility.

So, be careful about who you go to for advice. There are the 6 peculiar people who advice you, but only you get to decide what you do with the advice. Some of it needs to be taken seriously, and some – not at all. Be clever – be the master of your own destiny.

6 [iPhone]Failure will never overtake me if my definition to succeed is strong enough.

Ask every underachiever in life the reason behind his failure. Most of them seem to have some excellent stories. As Jordan Belfort says – “The only thing standing between you and your success is the bullshit story as to why you can’t have it”.

We need to realize this one truth – No one really cares why you didn’t do something. The reasons we give are not a justification for anyone else but ourselves and we tend to delve hours together on it to formulate these reasons.

But we need to step out of it, take a wider look at it – the answer is very simple – we just need to ask the right question. And the question is –

  • Do you really want it? 
  • How badly do you want it? 
  • What are you willing to do for it? 

Your answer to this determines your next course of action and the result of whether it is a success or a failure. And here are 10 inspiring failure quotes for your life

7 [iPhone]

Thinking is the capital, Enterprise is the way, and Hard Work is the solution.

Well these are the simple 3 steps to solve any problem you might have in life – Thinking, Finding innovative solutions and working towards the solution.

Everything else is either a detour around these steps or sometimes even a distraction.

One of the strongest challenges for success is that sometimes we have too many steps between the success and failure. In other words the path is too long and tedious which makes success harder to achieve.

Keep it really simple – keep it to these simple  steps kalam advises and you might find a simple way out of your problems.

8 [iPhone]

Suffering is the essence of success!

Does it remind you of this quote – Pain is essential but suffering is optional?!

I like the quote – it is rebellious, it is the ultimate belief in human will. But I am a simple man – I am not evolved enough not to feel anything. There are too many conflicts in my mind and I don’t find it that wrong at all.

But maybe we are looking at it all wrong. We don’t have to try and define everything in life – pain or suffering is a great motivator. We just need to learn how to channel it to bring out the best in us.

We would have remained at the same emotional state we were years ago if it were not for the pain or suffering we went through. They changed us as people, someone we are today. We might be proud or disappointed with it and we might even be suffering because of it.

If the answer is suffering – then great, start finding ways out of it, use it to motivate yourself and push yourself towards the solution. Don’t beat yourself up. Nothing good is going to come out of it! Be smart, find a way out of it!

9 [iPhone]

Confidence and Hard work is the best medicine to kill the disease called failure. It will make you successful person.

Low confidence is a disease, failure is  disease, low aim is a crime!

Gosh there are so many conflicting quotes in this world and sometimes it is really confusing which one to pick. So, for a moment – forget all these quotes.

Although we love quotes at inspire99, I do agree and understand that they tend to get a little romantic and bookish sometimes. Maybe cos these quotes give us only a small picture of life and not the complete story.

I am sure that even these greats had a lot of challenges in life and struggled with their everyday activities. But that’s not their problem – it is our – we tend to idolize every simple person we like.

Instead – start looking at them as human, start looking at failure as a natural phenomenon, quickly find ways to snap out of it and find solutions and look at it as an opportunity or a challenge. There is no point in wallowing in failure, the success is in your attitude of facing these failures.

10 [iPhone]

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

What is the secret of success? – Talent? Resources? Time? Opportunities?

If someone said persistence/perseverance then I guess you have found the right synonym for strength/success as Kalam points out here.

We all are human and we all have a strong side and a weak side. Sorry to douse the enthusiasm a bit but none of us are perfect, but we sure are beautiful with our imperfections.

The point here is that whatever we would like to do in life – we can’t let the weak side of us call the shots cos it is going to lead us to disaster. We cannot let the fears or past failures guide our futures as well.

We need to focus on our past successes and persist. This strength is going to lead us to the destiny we deserve.

11 [iPhone]

You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future.

What does future hold for us? I feel like a young kid looking at a crystal ball hoping to see my life in a huge mansion with a fleet of cars and riches to command.

Then again – which one of us doesn’t want that? I am not going to debate whether we can change the future or not, but I am going to say that we ought to do everything we can to make that future we desire ours.

I don’t know whether I will be able to change my future or not but I sure would love to do everything in my power to get what I really feel very strongly for. Sometimes it just becomes secondary whether you get to your final destination or not.

And if it simply means changing a few habits, then why not? Are these habits really bigger than our dreams?

12 [iPhone]

We should not give up and we should not allow the problems defeat us.

It all boils down to this one simple question – Who is bigger – YOU or YOUR PROBLEMS?

Come on Big Guy, you cannot let every pebble in the way block you. If you hit a pebble it – remove it from your feet, if you hit a wall push through it, jump over it, blast it with dynamite.

Do whatever you think is necessary – but do it. Don’t give in to the idea of failure or self pity. They are not going to lead you anywhere.

It is very easy to gain sympathy or pity in this world. Fortunately RESPECT doesn’t work that way!

14 [iPhone]

Don’t read success stories, you will only get a message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success.

It is exciting to read success stories – it fills us with hope, energy and the belief that anything and everything is possible in this world.

And truly enough most of these success stories are tweaked to give you the picture perfect ending we all love to see cos let us face it – tragedies don’t succeed that very well in cinema.

 But that doesn’t mean that we recommend you to read failure stories. NO! We really don’t want you to do that. But we do want you to understand the importance of failures and maybe even appreciate them.

I think what Kalam is trying to say here is that there has never been a respectable success  without a considerable failure. There have been mistakes in the world which have opened up new lines of opportunities and the way we have used them have led us to where we are today.

The best way out is to honor the importance of failures as well, appreciate them and stay clear of them. You don’t have to do all the mistakes to learn from them – you can read a few too 🙂

15 [iPhone]

Black color is sentimentally bad but, every black board makes the students life bright.

Luck has got nothing to do with your success or life story. I have rarely heard successful people sharing credit with luck.

Luck sure is a very good excuse though, it helps us gratify ourselves and curse the omens. The sad thing about cursing the omens is that they don’t tell you what to do next.

You don’t want someone to tell you or keep telling you that you failed. You already know what you have gone through and defining that is not going to give you much in return.

Instead, look at the next step. Remember – what you see is what you get – you can’t go forward by looking backwards all the time.

Similarly you can’t realize true success if you keep looking at just the failure and just the failure alone.

Do join us for more such updates,

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

We'd love to hear your thoughts below..

  1. Pingback: Desire BigInspire 99 | Inspire 99

  2. Salute…the great man and great inspirational to billions….thanks Saar your motivating thoughts…..we miss you Saar….

    • A hundred salutes to one of the most inspiring men India has seen. His thoughts and ideas are sheer motivation, filled with energy, hope and optimism and above all the belief in oneself.

  3. Your IGNITED MINDS has inspired many.You may not with us ,but you will live in our hearts as your thoughts.

    • Indeed Kuppuswamy. His book ignited minds and the wings of fire are sure great reads and great thoughts which stand testament to his words and ideologies of life. The man will live on and continue igniting and inspiring our thoughts.

  4. Pingback: Remembering Kalam- A Legend; An Inspiration | THINKOPOLITAN

  5. Definitely he was a man whose life was an inspiration itself…brilliant quotes, Vinay… 🙂

    • Thank you Maniparna, I loved each one of these quotes.. So realistic and so full of life. His memories will always be with us and his words will continue to inspire us through time.

  6. Hello Vidyashree, thanks for compiling this list of 14 inspirational quotations from the missile man Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam and no doubt we would never miss him due to these wealthy words he spoke addressing everyone who need to be successful in his/her life.

    • Thank you Robinsh :). These words will linger on our minds forever and they will inspire us both in the dark moments and the bright ones. For such personalities who can truly inspire us from within are very rare and they really don’t pass on when they do. Here’s to one such man, let him live in our memories forever 🙂

  7. Sir U May Away from the World but Not From Youngsters Heart…………………….
    Collection of Inspirational quotes of Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam Sir

  8. Very- very intensification…….. that’s quotation gi ve me patience and confidence…………….

    We r million thankfully of A. P.J. Kalam Sir…..

  9. This is really nice quotes. I have bookmarked this for reading quotes, all are nicely placed here. This is nice collection of motivation quotes. Thanks for sharing with us and keep posting.

    • Thank you Swapnil :). Really glad to know this and happy to know that these have managed to create the impact we had hoped for. Looking forward to seeing more of you here 🙂

  10. Inspiration of my life is our Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam . His quotes are always trigged towards success in our life. I like him very much. I would like to thank you for sharing the quotes.

  11. wonderful lines of Dr. APJ in a nutshell.
    I have asked my students of class 10 to copy n paste on the wall. Than u so much ji..

    • Thank you Vivek. I am truly honored to know this, Abdul Kalam is truly an inspiration for generations. It was a matter of great pride for us to make this post and it is a great honor to hear such wonderful words. Thank you 🙂

    • Thank you Pooja, Abdul Kalam will be a man of constant inspiration and a drive for our lives. We love his words and the layers of meanings they can have for our lives. Nice to know that you liked the post. Hoping to see more of you over at inspire99 🙂

  12. Pingback: PM Message To Students On Teachers Day - Inspire 99

  13. really sir abdul kalam is biggest inspiration for us
    n for student i recommend please read kalam sir biography bcoz for student world best inspiring person is sir Abdul kalam

  14. ‘Real Salam’ Kalam.
    Real Hero…
    Real Indian…
    Real Senior Citizen….

    more and more….

    Thiyagu Sundaram.

  15. i don’t know god &not see…..bt I know Abdul klam sir………thanks sir.great man…..i have no speech.

  16. Very Inspirational write up. Loved the article Vinay !
    His every quote has a very deep line of thought and is very encouraging and motivating for every individual. This is hard to believe that he is no more with us but surely he has given us a vision how to lead our lives and to taste success with all odds. For what I believe he is best example to believe on “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

    I was missing your articles for so long. I finally asked my IT guy in the office to grant me access to your blogs… 😀


  17. This little bird touches the sun.. I always think than APJ Abdul Kalam ji is my only God… I set up a little portrait of his… I salute the man again….

  18. This little bird touches the sun.. I always think that APJ Abdul Kalam ji is my only God… I set up a little portrait of his.There is no any other but my Inspiration… I salute the man again….

  19. i want my thinking like apj abdul kalam’s he inspire me each and every movement of my life i never forgot him

  20. Pingback: APJ Abdul Kalam Quotes | Just Know

  21. I think he is a gift of tamilnadu god provides for them ……. he will never die in the world …. every science he is present…..