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Fondly known as the Missile Man of India, APJ Abdul Kalam was the 11th president of India.

In 2010, the United Nations had declared October 15th as World Students’ Day. Since then, every year, former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday is celebrated as World Students’ Day. A great leader who always wanted that people remember him as a great teacher.

He once said, “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.”

October 15 marks the birth anniversary of this humble man whose indomitable spirit has inspired millions across the globe. His discipline, dedication, and determination made the missile program and PSLVs such a success in India. Dr. Kalam used to draw his strength from the failures. What made him a great leader is this man never revealed the shortcomings of his team members, rather helped them and took responsibility to stand by them at all times.

Not many are aware of the fact that before taking oath as the President Of India, he worked with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and as an aerospace engineer with the Development Organisation (DRDO).

The Ignited Minds”, “Wings Of Fire” and “The Life Tree” are some of his books that will take you to his simple and humble world and keep you motivated for life.

One thing that stood out about him that he could stand anywhere and inspire people. Even though he passed away on July 27, 2015, his wisdom and teachings will stay in the very core of our hearts forever. Mr Kalam suffered a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to the students of IIM Shillong.

Here are some brilliant quotes by him that will inspire you to move on in life, stay motivated and achieve your dreams.

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“My message, especially to young people is to have the courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.”

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For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool.

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“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.”

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“LIFE and TIME are the world’s best Teachers. Life teaches us to make good use of TIME and TIME teaches us the value of LIFE.”

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“It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.”

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“The essence of a happy life and a peaceful society lies in one sentence – What can I Give?”

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“You were born with wings. Don’t Crawl. Learn to use them to fly and fly.”