30+ quotes from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Quotes from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam ·  196 pages

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“Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“Dreams are not those which comes while we are sleeping, but dreams are those when u don't sleep before fulfilling them.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“Be active! Take on responsibility! Work for the things you believe in. If you do not, you are surrendering your fate to others.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“why be afraid of difficulties, sufferings and problems? When troubles come, try to understand the relevance of your sufferings. Adversity always presents opportunities for introspection.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“The sides of the mountain sustain life, not the peak. This is where things grow, experience is gained, and technologies are mastered. The importance of the peak lies only in the fact that it defines the sides.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“Desire, when it stems from the heart and spirit, when it is pure and intense, possesses awesome electromagnetic energy. This energy is released into the ether each night, as the mind falls into the sleep state. Each morning it returns to the conscious state reinforced with the cosmic currents. That which has been imaged will surely and certainly be manifested. You can rely, young man, upon this ageless promise as surely as you can rely upon the eternally unbroken promise of sunrise... and of Spring.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“What makes life in Indian organizations difficult is the widespread prevalence of this very contemptuous pride. It stops us from listening to our juniors, subordinates and people down the line. You cannot expect a person to deliver results if you humiliate him, nor can you expect him to be creative if you abuse him or despise him. The line between firmness and harshness, between strong leadership and bullying, between discipline and vindictiveness is very fine, but it has to be drawn.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“To succeed in life and achieve results, you must understand and master three mighty forces— desire, belief, and expectation.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“If you want to leave your footprints On the sands of time Do not drag your feet.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“My story—the story of the son of Jainulabdeen, who lived for over a hundred years on Mosque Street in Rameswaram island and died there; the story of a lad who sold newspapers to help his brother; the story of a pupil reared by Sivasubramania Iyer and Iyadurai Solomon; the story of a student taught by teachers like Pandalai; the story of an engineer spotted by MGK Menon and groomed by the legendary Prof. Sarabhai; the story of a scientist tested by failures and setbacks; the story of a leader supported by a large team of brilliant and dedicated professionals. This story will end with me, for I have no belongings in the worldly sense. I have acquired nothing, built nothing, possess nothing—no family, sons, daughters.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us to tap and develop these powers.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“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.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“Let not thy winged days be spent in vain. When once gone no gold can buy them back again.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“A big shot is a little shot who keeps on shooting, so keep trying.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“He who knows others is learned, but the wise one is the one who knows himself. Learning without wisdom is of no use.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“Adversity always presents opportunities for introspection.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“My impression of the American people can be summarized by a quotation from Benjamin Franklin, "Those things that hurt instruct!" I realised that people in this part of the world meet their problems head on. They attempt to get out of them rather than suffer them.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“once your mind stretches to a new level it never goes back to its original dimension.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“For all your days prepare And meet them ever alike When you are the anvil, bear - When you are the hammer, strike.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“What you are destined to become is not revealed now but it is predetermined.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“I have repeatedly seen how people are poor at articulating what they want—until they see a work centre doing something they don't want them to do.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“The country doesn't deserve anything less than success from us. Let us aim for success".”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“There are boundaries that dictate life: you can only lift so much weight; you can only learn so fast; you can only work so hard; you can only go so far!”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“Within the mind are all the resources required for successful living. Ideas are present in the consciousness, which when released and given scope to grow and take shape, can lead to successful events.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“The real journey of the Indian aerospace programme, however, had begun with the Rohini Sounding Rocket (RSR) Programme. What is it that distinguishes a sounding rocket from a Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV) and from a missile? In fact, they are three”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“A large number of scientists and engineers leave this country at their first opportunity to earn more money abroad. It is true that they definitely get greater monetary benefits, but could anything compensate for this love and respect from one's own countrymen?”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“the best way to win was to not need to win. The best performances are accomplished when you are relaxed and free of doubt.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


“Indians have been both afflicted and enriched by centuries of migrations. Loyalty to different rulers has dulled our capacity for a single allegiance. Instead, we have developed an extraordinary ability to be compassionate and cruel, sensitive and callous, deep and fickle, all at the same time. To the untrained eye, we may appear colourful and picturesque; to the critical eye, we are but shoddy imitations of our various masters.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, quote from Wings of Fire: An Autobiography


About the author

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Born place: in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Born date October 15, 1931
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