A.P.J Abdul Kalam needs no introduction. Known as the ‘Missile Man of India’, he was the 11th President of India. He worked as an aerospace scientist with India’s two major space organizations- Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

A league apart, Abdul Kalam was a source of inspiration for tens and thousands of Indians. Kalam's prodigious rise from Rameswaram, a small but famous pilgrimage town in Tamil Nadu, led him to become one of the world's most accomplished leaders.

His contributions have enabled scientists, educationists, and writers across the country, and have encouraged every Indian citizen to dream and achieve extraordinary things in life despite adverse conditions.

Here are eleven quotes by the leader who was passionate about his work and his love for science, technology and innovation have led to some of the most crucial satellite launches along with the development and operationalization of the Agni and Prithvi missiles:

  1. All Birds find shelter during rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above clouds.
  2. Don't take a rest after your first victory because if you fail in the second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.
  3. All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
  4. You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
  5. Failure will never overtake me if my definition of success is strong enough.
  6. I'm not a handsome guy, but I can give my hand to someone who needs help. Beauty is in the heart, not in the face.
  7. You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future.
  8. Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only with those who dream and work.
  9. Your best teacher is your last mistake.
  10. Don't read success stories, you will only get the message. Read failure stories, you will get some ideas to get success.
  11. Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy success.

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