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'Ignorance is always afraid of change': 10 inspiring quotes by first PM Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary

As a lawmaker, administrator, freedom fighter, writer, and thinker, Nehru left a lasting impact in every field he ventured into throughout his life

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- May 27th 2024 09:17 AM
'Ignorance is always afraid of change': 10 inspiring quotes by first PM Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary

'Ignorance is always afraid of change': 10 inspiring quotes by first PM Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary

New Delhi, May 27: May 27 marks the death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister and a key architect of modern India. As the nation commemorates his legacy, let's read 10 of his most inspiring quotes, offering insight into his visionary leadership, deep patriotism, and enduring commitment to progress.



"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."

Nehru's boundless curiosity and enthusiasm for discovery reflect his belief in the potential of the human spirit to explore and innovate.

"The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds."

This quote underscores Nehru’s appreciation for culture and the arts as a vital part of national identity and expression.

"The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all."

Nehru’s bold approach to governance and reform is encapsulated in this statement, emphasizing the importance of taking risks for progress.


"A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance."

Spoken during his iconic Tryst with Destiny speech, this quote highlights the historic significance of India’s independence and the dawn of a new era.

"Citizenship consists in the service of the country."

Nehru believed that true citizenship involves active participation in and contribution to the nation’s welfare.

"Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves."

This quote reflects Nehru's philosophy that the value of life is determined by accomplishments and emotional richness, rather than mere longevity.


"Ignorance is always afraid of change."

Jawaharlal Nehru championed education and enlightenment as tools to overcome fear and resistance to progress.

"Success often comes to those who dare and act. It seldom goes to the timid who are ever afraid of the consequences."

His leadership was marked by decisive actions, encouraging others to be courageous and proactive.

"Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people."

Nehru's vision for peace extended beyond political diplomacy to encompass personal and collective tranquility.

"Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself."

Nehru’s pragmatic approach to governance emphasised that political ideologies should serve the ultimate goal of improving human well-being.

- With inputs from agencies

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