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    Popularity is not a gurantee of quality.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: quality 
     
    In the Western world, women have no other choice. In India, no. And I'll explain the reason. It's a reason that also has to do with my own case. In India women have never been a hostile competition with men - even in the most distant past, every time a woman emerged as a leader, perhaps as a queen, the people accepted her. As something normal and not exceptional.
    — Indira Gandhi
    Difficulties can't be eliminated from life. Individuals will always have them, countries will always have them...The only thing is to accept them, if possible overcome them, otherwise to come to terms with them. It's all right to fight, yes, but only when it's possible.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: fight  right 
     
    I cannot understand how anyone can be an Indian and not be proud.
    — Indira Gandhi
    Let's not forget that in India the symbol of strength is a woman; the goddess Shakti.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: india  strength 
     
    The power to question is the basis of all human progress.
    — Indira Gandhi
    As I always say, I do not wish you an easy time, but I wish you that whatever difficulty you may have, you will overcome it.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: time  wishes 
     
    Ability is not always gauged by examination.
    — Indira Gandhi
    You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: learn 
     
    We always said that our struggle was not only against the British as representatives of colonialism, it was against all the evil that existed in India. The evil of the feudal system, the evil of the system based on caste, the evil of economic injustice.
    — Indira Gandhi
    Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood... will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: growth  service  strong  blood 
     
    Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something.
    — Indira Gandhi
    The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: believe  hope 
     
    Without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue. You have to have courage - courage of different kinds: first, intellectual courage, to sort out different values and make up your mind about which is the one which is right for you to follow. You have to have moral courage to stick up to that - no matter what comes in your way, no matter what the obstacle and the opposition is.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: value  right  virtue  mind  morals  courage 
     
    I don't mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die, every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: service  die  blood  mind 
     
    To become capable, one must have faith in oneself.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: oneself  faith 
     
    Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
    — Indira Gandhi
    Women sometimes go too far, it's true. But it's only when you go too far that others listen.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: women  true 
     
    People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: people  right 
     
    Every new experience brings its own maturity and a greater clarity of vision.
    — Indira Gandhi
    Never forget that when we are silent, we are one. And when we speak we are two.
    — Indira Gandhi
    To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: men  women  personality 
     
    Opportunities are not offered. They must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance... and courage.
    — Indira Gandhi
    I am proud that I spent the whole of my life in the service of my people ... I shall continue to serve until my last breath and when I die, I can say, that every drop of my blood will invigorate India and strengthen it.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: people  service  die  blood  india 
     
    My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: work  competition 
     
    It's not right to say that my father influenced me more than others, and I wouldn't be able to say whether my personality was formed more by my father or my mother or the Mahatma [Gandhi] or the friends who were with us.
    — Indira Gandhi
    In all communities you find groups that behave badly. But you must understand them too.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: community 
     
    The sterilization of men is one method of birth control. The surest, most radical method. To you it seems dreadful. To me it seems that, properly applied, it's by no means dreadful.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: men  control  birth  radical 
     
    As my father [Javāharlāl Nehrū] said, you have to keep an open mind, but you have to pour something into it - otherwise ideas slip away like sand between your fingers.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: mind  ideas  father 
     
    Rebels and non-conformists are often the pioneers and designers of change.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: designer 
     
    You soon realize that the peak you've climbed was one of the lowest, that the mountain was part of a chain of mountains, that there are still so many, so many mountains to climb...And the more you climb, the more you want to climb - even though you're dead tired.
    — Indira Gandhi
    I've never understood women who, because of their children, pose as victims and don't allow themselves any other activities.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: children  women  child  victim 
     
    Every democratic system evolves its own conventions. It is not only the water but the banks which make the river.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: water 
     
    Education is a liberating force, and in our age it is also a democratizing force, cutting across the barriers of caste and class, smoothing out inequalities imposed by birth and other circumstances.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: age  birth  education 
     
    Sometimes friends are dangerous. We must be very careful about the help friends give us.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: friends  help  dangerous 
     
    I learned very soon to get along by myself.
    — Indira Gandhi
    For me the only point that has remained unchanged through the years is that in India there is still so much poverty.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: poverty  india  year 
     
    Life is a continuous process of adjustment.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: process 
     
    Now I don't get upset by unpleasant things, I don't play the victim, and I'm always ready to come to terms with life.
    — Indira Gandhi
    tags: victim 
     
    I went back into politics only when it was clear that things weren't going as they should have in my party. I was always arguing, I argued with everyone - with my father, with the leaders I had known since I was a child...and one day, it was in 1955, one of them exclaimed, 'You do nothing but criticize! If you think you can correct things, correct them. Go ahead, why don't you try?' Well, I could never resist a challenge, so I tried.
    — Indira Gandhi
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