Throughout history, leaders in society have emerged and advanced our world through their thoughts, their actions, and their powerful quotations. A quotation is a statement or passage derived from an individual's writings or oral speech and later repeated or cited by others for its significance. Famous quotations are so universal to the human experience that they have been shared throughout time across multiple cultures, countries, and languages.

Let's take a look at some inspirational life quotations by influential members of Indian society who changed the world through their speech. These quotes have left a strong impression on both Hindi conversations and global conversations. As a language learner, if you learn to recognize and understand these famous quotations, you can strengthen your Hindi vocabulary, grammar, and your cultural understanding of India.

For each Hindi quotation below, both the Hindi transliteration and English equivalent are provided. Is your favorite Hindi quote not listed? Contact me to suggest additions!


अपनी ठोकर से दुनिया सिद्ध होता है.
Apnee thokar se duniyaa sid'dh hotaa hai.
By your stumbling the world is perfected. (Sri Aurobindo: philosopher, yogi, poet)

खुशी के लिए कोई रास्ता नहीं है; खुशी ही रास्ता है.
Khushee ke lie koiee raastaa naheen hai; khushee hee raastaa hai.
There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path. (Gautama Buddha: sage, founder of Buddhism)

आप बँधी हुई मुट्ठी से हाथ मिला नहीं सकते हैं.
Aap bandhee huee mutthee se haath milaa naheen sakte hain.
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. (Indira Gandhi: third Prime Minister of India)

खुद वो बदलाव बनिए जो दुनिया में आप देखना चाहते हैं.
Khud voh badlaav baneeie jo duniyaa men aap dekhnaa caahate hain.
Be the change that you want to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi: activist, political leader)

प्यार के फूलना ध्यान है.
Pyaar ke phoolnaa dhyaan hai.
The flowering of love is meditation. (Jiddu Krishnamurti: speaker, writer)

अज्ञान हमेशा परिवर्तन का डर है.
Ajnaan hameshaa parivartan kaa dar hai.
Ignorance is always afraid of change. (Jawaharlal Nehru: first Prime Minister of India)

जब तक मैं जीटा हूँ, तब तक मैं सीकता हूँ.
Jab tak main jeetaa hoon, tab tak main seektaa hoon.
As long as I live, so long do I learn. (Ramakrishna: sage, mystic)

तितली क्षणों गिनती है लेकिन महीने नहीं, फिर भी उसके पास पर्याप्त समय है.
Titalee ksanom gintee hai lekin maheene naheen, phir bhee uske paas paryaapt samay hai.
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. (Rabindranath Tagore: poet, novelist, composer)

हम कभी छोटी मुस्कान की भलाई जान नहीं सकते हैं.
Ham kabhee chotee muskaan kee bhalaai jaan naheen sakte hain.
We will never know all the good that a simple smile can do. (Mother Teresa: religious sister, missionary)

जो सांसारिक वस्तु से व्याकुल नहीं होता वह अमरत्त्व प्राप्त कर लिया है.
Jo saansaarik vastu se vyaakul naheen hotaa voh amarattv praapt kar liyaa hai.
That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material. (Swami Vivekananda: monk, philosopher)