India's "missile man" Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was born on this day, October 15, in the year 1931. Even four years after his death, the late former President of India continues to remain a household name. A former ISRO director, Kalam is known for executing several key projects of the nation into the space. He is regarded as the man behind the Pokhran 2 project, which turned India into a fully capable nuclear-armed state. Chandrayaan 2 Mission: These Golden Words from Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Should Inspire All The Scientists at ISRO Today; Watch Video.
Kalam, during his years as the President between 2002-07, gained widespread popularity from across the nation for his easy-accessibility and simplicity. He devoted the maximum number of hours to meet common populace and trying his best to resolve their issues. Kalam also spoke at length with students, appealing them to give flight to their aspirations.
APJ Abdul Kalam 88th Birth Anniversary: Top Quotes to Recall
Quote Reads: "Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me."
Quote Reads: "We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us."
Quote Reads: "Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work."
Quote Reads: "Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place - that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have the perseverance to realise the great life."
Quote Reads: "If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun."
Quote Reads: "Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow."
Quote Reads: "You have to dream before your dreams can come true."
Quote Reads: "If four things are followed - having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance - then anything can be achieved."
Quote Reads: "If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher."
Kalam's stint at the Rashtrapati Bhawan earned him the tag of "People's President". He had received the top three civilian honours of Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna. On his demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Kalam was "uniquely combined the honesty of a child with the energy of a teenager and the maturity of an adult".