India will be celebrating its 71st Independence Day on 15 August. The date is an important one in India, as it is a reminder of when the country gained its freedom from the British empire.
IBTimes Singapore has compiled a top quotes by leaders to celebrate this special day.
"Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?" – Mahatma Gandhi
"At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity with pride." - Jawaharlal Nehru.
"Forget not that the grossest crime is to compromise with injustice and wrong. Remember the eternal law: you must give, if you want to get." - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
"A country's greatness lies in its undying ideals of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race." - Sarojini Naidu
"Swaraj [self-rule] is my birth right. And I shall have it." -Bal Gangadhar Tilak
"Merciless criticism and independent thinking are the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking." - Bhagat Singh
"If yet your blood does not rage, then it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flush of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland." – Chandra Shekhar Azad
"Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise, both will wither and die." – Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
"In attaining our ideals, our means should be as pure as the end." – Dr. Rajendra Prasad
"Let new India arise out of peasants' cottage, grasping the plough, out of huts, cobbler and sweeper." – Swami Vivekananda