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Jawaharlal Nehru
First Prime Minister of India after Independence
(1889-1964)



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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.
-- Jawaharlal Nehru

If in the modern world wars have unfortunately to be fought (and they do, it seems) then they must be stopped at the first possible moment, otherwise they corrupt us, they create new problems and make our future even more uncertain. That is more than morality; it's sense.
-- Jawaharlal Nehru. in: interview with James Cameron, Picture Post, 28 October 1950

The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction.
-- Quoted in: Observer (London), 29 August 1954

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.
-- Jawaharlal Nehru

There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
-- Jawaharlal Nehru

Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.
-- Quoted in: New York Times, 25 January 1961

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
-- Jawaharlal Nehru

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
-- Jawaharlal Nehru

I am proud of this noble heritage which was and still is ours, and I am aware that I too, like all of us, am a link in that uninterrupted chain which finds its origin in the dawn of history, in India's immemorial past. It is in testimony of this and as a last homage to the cultural heritage of India that I request that a handful of my ashes be thrown in the Ganga at Allahabad (formerly known as Prayag) so that they may be borne to the vast ocean that bears on the shores of India.
-- Quoted in: The India I Love by Marie-Simone Renou (1968)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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