Selected Indira Gandhi Quotations
• You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
• 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.
• Martyrdom does not end something, it is only a beginning.
• You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
• There are moments in history when brooding tragedy and its dark shadows can be lightened by recalling great moments of the past.
• There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten. (1975 interview with Oriana Fallaci)
• I would say our greatest achievement is to have survived as a free and democratic nation.
• I don't mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die today every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation. -- said the night before she was assassinated, October 30, 1984.
• To bear many children is considered not only a religious blessing but also an investment. The greater their number, some Indians reason, the more alms they can beg. (1975)
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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis 1997-2009. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.
Jone Johnson Lewis. "Indira Gandhi Quotes." About Women's History. URL: http://womenshistory.about.com/od/quotes/a/indira_gandhi.htm . Date accessed: (today). (More on how to cite online sources including this page)