India @ 70: This Independence Day, give freedom a new meaning with these 13 quotes

Every year on August 15 we remember the great men and women who helped us gain our freedom. Here we list out quotes by Jawahar Lal Nehru, B.R. Ambedkar, Subhas Chandra Bose and others.

more lifestyle Updated: Aug 15, 2017 09:23 IST
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Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru making his ‘Tryst with destiny’ speech on August 15, 1947.

Every year on August 15 we remember the great men and women who helped us gain our freedom. On India’s 70th Independence Day, we have compiled a list of quotes on patriotism and India that not only shall help you remember the great individuals who helped free us from the British, but also understand patriotism as a concept.

The essence of patriotism is the sacrifice of personal interest to public welfare.

-William H. Burnham, New Outlook, vol. 90

I do not want that our loyalty as Indians should be in the slightest way affected by any competitive loyalty whether that loyalty arises out of our religion, out of our culture or out of our language.

I want all people to be Indians first, Indian last and nothing else but Indians.

- B.R. Ambedkar, Writings And Speeches: A Ready Reference Manual

One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.
- Subhas Chandra Bose.

Subhash Chandra Bose.

Bombs and pistols do not make a revolution. The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas.
- Bhagat Singh.

Bhagat Singh.

What the country needs most at the present moment is a spirit of self-sacrifice on the part of our educated young men, and they may take it from me that they cannot spend their lives in a better cause than raising the moral and intellectual level of their unhappy low castes and promoting their well-being.
- Gopal Krishna Gokhale.

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.
- APJ Abdul Kalam.

I say it is not your pride that you are a Madrasi, it is not your pride that you a brahmin, it is not your pride that you belong to south India, it is not your pride that you are a Hindu, that it is your pride that you are an Indian.
-Sarojini Naidu.

Sarojini Naidu with her daughter arriving at a garden party .

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. 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. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.
-Jawaharlal Nehru, Independence Day Speech (1947)

India — The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Freedom is my birthright. So long as it is awake within me, I am not old, no weapon can cut this spirit, no fire can burn it, no water can wet it, no wind can dry it.
- Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Even if i have to face death a thousand times for the sake of motherland, i shall not be sorry. Oh lord! Grant me a hundred births in India. But grant me this, too, that each time I may give up my life in the service of the motherland.
-Ram Prasad Bismil

I declare that the blows struck at me today will be the last nails in the coffin of British rule in India.
- Lala Lajpat Rai

The preservation of freedom, is not the task of soldiers alone…
The whole nation has to be strong

- Lal Bahadur Shastri

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First Published: Aug 15, 2017 08:48 IST