Indira Gandhi

19 Nov 1917 // 31 Oct 1984


It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth.

Speech (1967)
We have to be willing to forge out our own path, make our own mistakes and learn from our own mistakes, and from the mistakes go on to achievement.

Speech (1969)
It takes less time to put up a factory than to train men of competence to run it.

Speech (1968)
For an infant industry, protection is a legitimate demand, but infants must grow up one day.

Speech (1971)
No good entrepreneur should wish to sacrifice long-term interest for the sake of short-term profits.

Remark (1970)
Change is inevitable, but it is in us to control its content and directions.

Speech (1967)
Opportunities are not offered; they must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance and tenacity, determination and courage.

Speech (1968)
In solving our problems, we should beware of creating worse ones.

Speech (1969)
The power to question is the basis of all human progress.


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."