Former President APJ Abdul Kalam died in Shillong on 27 July, 2015. He suffered a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong in Meghalaya.
Famously known as the People's President, Kalam is best remembered for his simplicity and his unique take on life.
On the first death anniversary of one of the nation's best loved Presidents, here are a few invaluable pieces of advice from Kalam:
1. "Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
2. "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."
3. "You have to dream before your dreams can come true."
4. "All Birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds."
5. "My message, especially to young people is to have 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."
6. "To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal."
7. "Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity."
8. "Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended."
9. "Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow."
10. "Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success."
11. "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."
12. "You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear."