Finest quotes: Jawaharlal Nehru on freedom, democracy, peace and much more

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New Delhi, Nov 14: As we remember Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, on his 127th birth anniversary today, let us re-look into what he had said on pertinent issues like freedom, democracy and peace.

Freedom, democracy and peace are not just mere words, but powerful ideas and thoughts that guide us as a nation and its citizens.

Jawaharlal Nehru

Today is the best time to revisit Nehru's philosophy through his thought-provoking one-liners.

Here are some of his finest quotes:

On freedom (when India achieved freedom on August 15, 1947): At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.

On democracy: Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.

One more on democracy: Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself.

On peace: Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes.

On socialism: Socialism is... not only a way of life, but a certain scientific approach to social and economic problems.

On capitalism: The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

On crisis and deadlock: Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage that they force us to think.

On life: Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

On time: Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.

On failure: Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.

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