Where does inspiration come from? Is it a moment of personal genius? The voice of God speaking directly to us? Or is it the result of good, old-fashioned hard work? Maybe, it’s both. Some of the most inspirational leaders and their inspirational words are listed below.
Chanakya was one of the greatest philosophers, economists and teachers that India witnessed. With the help of his advice, the Mauryan empire, under the rule of Chandragupta Maurya made a lot of progress.
Here are some of the life lessons that he gave:
1. “A man is great by his activities only; birth has nothing to do with it.”
2. “A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.”
3. “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.”
4. “He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.”
5. “A debt is like an enemy. As one should destroy his enemy without any trace, a debt should be paid till the penny.”
6. “Humbleness is at the root of self control.”
7. “God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.”
8. “We should not feel pride in our charity, austerity, valor, scriptural knowledge, modesty and morality for the world is full of the rarest gems.”
9. “Learning is a friend on the journey; a wife in the house; medicine in sickness; and religious merit is the only friend after death.”
10. “Actual knowledge is not confined in books and possessions. If it does, people can never use both of them when practically they need to use those.”
11. “Time perfects men as well as destroys them.”
12. “The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of the person spreads in all direction.”
13. “There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.”
14. “As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.”
15. “Learn from the mistakes of others, you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself!”
16. “He who runs away from a fearful calamity, a foreign invasion, a terrible famine, and the companionship of wicked men is safe.”
17. “He who forsakes his own community and joins another perishes as the king who embraces an unrighteous path.”
18.“Victory over the (self-control) senses is the root of (stability of) state.”
19. “The biggest guru-mantra is to never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.”
20. “Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.”
Swami Vivekananda was instrumental in introducing the Indian philosophies of Vedanta to the western world. Best remembered for his inspiring words, he continues to live on in his quotes. On his birth anniversary, here’s listing 10 of his best motivational quotes. 1. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
2. Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.
3. You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
4. “In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.”
5. “They alone live, who live for others.”
6. “Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.”
7. “Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.”
8. “The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.”
9. “Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.”
10. “Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.”
Life lessons of Gautham Bhudha:
1. Love heals all things.
“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”
2. It’s not what you say but what you do that defines you.
“A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then
he is in truth called wise.” ~ Buddha
“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.”
3. The secret of good health is to live fully in the NOW.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~ Buddha
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
4. Who looks inside awakens.
“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” ~ Buddha
5. Words have the power to both hurt and heal.
“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” ~ Buddha
6. Let it go and it will be yours forever.
“You only lose what you cling to.”
7. No one can walk your path for you.
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ~ Buddha
8. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
9. Be kind to all.
“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.” ~ Buddha
“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
10. Don’t believe everything you are told to believe.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ~ Buddha
11. As you THINK so shall you be
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our
thoughts. If a man speak or act with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon…. If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”
12. Let go of fear.
“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”
13. The truth has a way of always leaking out.
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
14. Control your mind or it will control you.
“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline
and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all
wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”
“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
15. Doubt separates. Trust unites.
“There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that
disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword
16. Nobody is more deserving of your love than you yourself are.
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and
affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as
anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
17. Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken
from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”
18. Spirituality isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.
“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”
19. Replace jealousy with admiration.
“Do not be jealous of others’ good qualities, but out of admiration adopt them yourself.”
20. Look for peace within yourself.
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
21. Let go of attachment.
“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”
22. Choose your friends wisely.
“An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.”
23. There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”
24. Give up labels.
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”
25. Love. Live. Let go.
“In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let
4.Subhash Chandra Bose
Subhash Chandra Bose, the dynamic leader who gave all his sweat and blood for India’s freedom movement continues to inspire millions of mind with his words even today.
Popularly known as Netaji, he is India’s one of the greatest freedom fighters. Born on January 23, 1987 in Cuttack to Janaki Nath Bose, a popular lawyer and Prabhavati Devi, he was the ninth child among the fourteen.
Bose was a bright student and also the topper in matriculation examination from Calcutta. Since childhood he was influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and was popular for his patriotic enthusiasm. To pursue his career in Indian Civil Services, he went to England and appeared for competitive examination and stood fourth in it. Saddened by the Jalianwalla Bagh massacre in Punjab, Netaji returned to India.
In India, Netaji was influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and he soon joined Indian National Congress. In 1930, he was sent to jail during the civil disobedience movement and was released in 1931. Later, he was expelled from India to Europe but taking the advantage of the situation he worked to strengthen the ties between the two countries. Challenging the ban in the home country he returned, but was again sent to jail. In 1937, after Congress came in to power, he was released. In 1943, he established Azad Hind Fauj. Unfortunately, on August 18, 1945, he was killed in a plane crash in Taiwan.
Quotes by Subhash Chandra Bose are as inspiring as his life-story. Here are some of them:
• Reality is, after all, too big for our frail understanding to fully comprehend. Nevertheless, we have to build our life on the theory which contains the maximum truth.
• One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.
• Remember that the greatest crime is to compromise with injustice and wrong. Remember the eternal law: you must give if you want to get.
• Freedom is not given, it is taken.
• No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions.
• The secret of political bargaining is to look stronger than what you really are.
• For enslaved people, there can be no greater pride, no higher honour, than to be the first soldiers in the army of liberation.
5. DR. A.P.J ABDUL KALAM
In the very blood of every Indian. To invent, to innovate, to adapt and to grow, the basic mantras of life put down simply in work by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of the largest democracy of the world.
His death may be an end to his bodily life, but his dreams would be here forever. His inspiring words has worked wonders giving new direction to the youth of the nation. Here are some of his most inspiring messages to the youth. Let’s hope to strive by these to make the nation that Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam envisioned.
1. Have courage to think differently
If you crave for success, out-of-the-box thinking is what you need. Travelling the path unexplored may have its own risks but with a determined mind, and courageous thinking, obstacles are simple to beat. Success is for those who can earn it.
2. The Father, the mother and the teacher are the key societal members
Education is an important part of life. It moulds a child to become a successful human being. The father, mother and teachers are the key members of the society who make what the person becomes. They are the educators who teach a person about the rights and wrongs in life. They are the ones who motivate us to make a difference in life, to achieve newer heights.
3. Single minded devotion to your goal
Achieving something requires you to have a strong determined mind. Single minded devotion to achieve what you desire is important. A devoted mind works and thinks at a higher level and is focused solely on reaching the particular goal.
4. A leader should not be afraid of any problem
A leader is the person who is looked up to. A leader is not just the head of an organised group, he is the guide and mentor for his team members. Thus he should motivate and inspire people to achieve goals and meet target. He should provide solution to the problems and work with integrity thus inspiring the subordinates.
5. Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success
Obstacles and hindrances are inevitable if you walk the correct path to success. Difficulties are the overseers of your determination and your will to achieve what you desire. These obstacles are the spice that make your success more interesting and enjoyable.
Mahatma Gandhi was the great Indian figure who enlightened the world with the principles of truth and non-violence.
He belonged to an age when the principle of “Might is right” was the notion of the time. Countries were engaged fighting each other while displaying their powers.
After studying law, he went to South Africa to work for his clients. He raised his voice against the discrimination that was done again Indians and other dark people. However, he always adopted peaceful means.
After returning to India, he got the task of getting the country freed from the foreign rule.
Gandhi condemned the mass killing incident of Jalianwala Bath.
The people of the country, under the great leader, marched to Dandi and produced salt. They were protesting against the unfair British tax regime.
Gandhi was a supporter of indigenous cottage and khadi industry. The Swadeshi and Boycott movement inspired millions of Indians to come forward for the cause of the nation.
During the “Quit India movement” he asked Indians to “Do or die” for the freedom of the country.
He was a saint. He was praised even by the British community.
Here’s listing some of his best motivational lessons:
1. An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
“It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.”
2. It’s the quality of your life that matters not the speed with which you live.
“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”
3. You’ve got to have a sense of humor to keep your sanity.
“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
4. Always do the right thing even if nobody is watching.
“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in
your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
5. Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
6. God has no religion.
“God has no religion.”
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
“I believe in the fundamental Truth of all the great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God given. I came to the conclusion long ago… that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them.”
7. Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer
to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
“Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.”
8. Faith is the food of the Soul.
“Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith”
9. Never lose faith in humanity.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean
does not become dirty.”
10. Truth and love always triumphs.
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.”
11. Be aware of the seven social sins.
“Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge
without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.”
12. Let go of worry.
“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”
13. Be the change you want to see in the world.
“You change your life by changing your heart.”
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
14. Where there is love there will always be peace.
“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
“I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace.“
“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong”
“I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life.”
15. When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance.
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
16. Each day you are preparing for your future.
“The future depends on what you do today.”
17. Live each day as if it were your last.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
18. Contrary to what you were lead to believe, forgiveness is not a weakness but a strength.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
19. Love is the strongest force the world possesses.
“Where there is love there is life.”
“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”
20. Nobody can hurt you without your permission.
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me.”
“The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states.”
21. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective than the one derived from fear.
“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.”
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”
22. Never betray your true self.
“Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.”
“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
23. As you think so shall you be.
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
24. To call woman the weaker sex is a libel.
“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?”
25. We treat the world as we treat ourselves.
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
26. Your Health is your real wealth.
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
“If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank people will try to cheat you: Be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous of you: Be happy anyway. The good you do today will often be forgotten by tomorrow: Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway.” ~ Mother Teresa
There are so many beautiful, inspiring and life changing lessons to learn from this beautiful, kind and loving woman and today I would like to share with you some of her most inspiring quotes compiled as:
1. There is no greater hunger than the hunger of the heart.
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.” ~ Mother Teresa
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.”
2. Loneliness is the leprosy of the modern world.
“Loneliness is the leprosy of the modern world.” ~ Mother Teresa
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”
3. No man is an island.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
4. Judgment prevents us from seeing the good in people.
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
5. You don’t have to love the whole world. You only have to love one another.
“Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.” ~ Mother Teresa
“Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.”
“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own home. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor . . . Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”
6. We have all been created for great things.
“We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and to be loved.”
7. Your work matters. Do it with Love.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
“Work without love is slavery.”
“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?”
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
8. Love and peace begin with a smile.
“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” ~ Mother Teresa
“Peace begins with a smile.”
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
9. God’s one and only voice is silence.
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
“In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.”
10. If you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
11. You are never given more than you can handle.
“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”
12. You only have today, and when tomorrow comes, it will be today.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
13. Peace begins at home.
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
14. Prayer is not about asking.
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
15. Don’t wait for leaders to change your world.
“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”
16. Patience is a great teacher.
“Without patience, we will learn less in life. We will see less. We will feel less. We will hear less. Ironically, rush and more usually mean less.”’
17. The greatest science in the world is LOVE.
“The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love.”
8. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore
He defined India’s literature. His fine writings, which have been popularly described as “magical poetry and elegant prose”, have over the years spread its wings world over.
An outstanding poet, a legend of prose and a perfect philosopher – Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was an inspiration to many. His work Gitanjali bagged him a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, making him the first non-European to win the coveted honour.
Apart from his literary work, he also gave the gift of ‘Rabindra Sangeet’ (songs written and composed by Tagore) also known as Tagore Songs to the people of India.
here’s a look at 10 of his most inspiration quotes.
1.Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dev on the tip of a leaf.
2. I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and sow that life was service. I acted and behold , service was joy.
3.Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
4.Faith is the bird that feels that light when the down is still dark.
5. Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
6.You cant cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
7.By plucking her petals , you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
8.Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
9.Those who own much have much to fear.
10.To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s life might be short in length ( he died at the age of 23) but it was not small by any means. He left a legacy of bravery and patriotism but these qualities are like performance on stage. It surely looks brilliant and leaves a lasting impact on the spectators but the real work goes on behind the stage. Some lessons I have learnt from his life and actions:
1. Getting out of comfort zone: At the age of 12 visited Jallianwalah Bagh (site of 1919 massacre by British army Jallianwala Bagh massacre
2. Taking the Lead: Founded Naujawan Bharat Sabha, transformed HRA toHindustan Socialist Republican Army
3. Keep questioning: Actively participated in Noncooperation movementgot disillusioned after Gandhiji’s decision to call off the movement so chose a more radical path. Later realized that individual heroics are not the correct approach so moved to mass involvement by resorting to the decision of surrendering after 1929 Assembly bomb throw and used the court to propagate his ideas to the public through press.
4. Keep true to your ideals: went on 63 days long hunger strike for getting the equal treatment for political prisoners.
5. Thirst for Knowledge: Read extensively on Socialism and Marx, Even during his days in jail read books on various topics, wrote some poetry as well.
10.Atal Bihari vajapay
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the tenth Prime Minister of India who is well known for his oratory skills. Dubbed as the ‘Bhishma Pitamah of Indian politics’, Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee began his tryst with politics in independent India when social reformer called for protests against internal emergency declared during Indira Gandhi’s regime.
He was appointed the Minister of External Affairs in the government formed by Janta Party headed by Morarji Desai. In 1977, Vajpayee addressed the United nations General Assembly in Hindi, the first time ever in history.
Prior to joining the right wing which comprised of RSS, Vajpayee was a communist afficianado. However the pro-Hinduism agenda of RSS grabbed his attention and he pledged his loyalties to them.
The statesman par excellence attended law school with his father and the two even shared the same dormitory. However, Atal abandoned legal studies in between in order to run a magazine for the RSS.
The former Prime Minister is a Hindu Brahmin yet he likes to devour non-vegetarian food, Chinese and prawns being his favorite.Though Vajpayee has retired from active politics, his words still reverberate in our ears and shall continue for generations.
Here are a few inspirational and thought-provoking quotes by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
1.Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one’s own culture and social organisation.
2.You can change friends but not neighbours.
3.I have a vision of India-an India free of hunger and fear, an India free of illiteracy and want.
4.Freedom is incomplete without social justice
5.Our nuclear weapons are meant purely as a deterrent against nuclear adventure by an adversary.
6.India has no dearth of brave young men and women and if they get the opportunity and help then we can compete with other nations in space exploration and one of them will fulfil her dreams,
7.The success of family welfare depends on giving women complete freedom with their lives. The need of the hour is that people should plan their families as per their convenience and get the bare minimum health facilities
8.If you do not like anything in a particular book, then sit and discuss it. Banning a book is not a solution. We have to tackle it ideologically.
9.Global interdependence today means that economic disasters in developing countries could create a backlash on developed countries.
10.Let us together commence a journey of peace, harmony and progress in South Asia.
11.We do not believe that a nuclear war should be fought and we do not believe that a nuclear war can be won.
12.Did Indira Gandhi ask for somebody’s permission to carry out the test in 1974?
13.The overwhelming public sentiment in India was that no meaningful dialogue can be held with Pakistan until it abandons the use of terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy.
14.We hope the world will act in the spirit of enlightened self-interest.
15.We believe that the United States and the rest of the international community can play a useful role by exerting influence on Pakistan to put a permanent and visible end to cross-border terrorism against India.
16.No state should be allowed to profess partnership with the global coalition against terror, while continuing to aid, abet and sponsor terrorism.
17.People who ask us when we will hold talks with Pakistan are perhaps not aware that over the last 55 years, every initiative for a dialogue with Pakistan has invariably come from India.
18.The reality is that international institutions like the UN can only be as effective as its members allow it to be.
19.The UN’s unique legitimacy flows from a universal perception that it pursues a larger purpose than the interests of one country or a small group of countries.
20.In the euphoria after the Cold War, there was a misplaced notion that the UN could solve every problem anywhere.
21.Declaring victory without war .. the belief that India gave up the option of war under American pressure is totally wrong.
22.There was an implicit conviction that the UN would be stronger than the sum of its constituent member-states.
23.The Bio-diversity Convention has not yielded any tangible benefits to the world’s poor.
He came, he saw, and he conquered. Narendra Damodardas Modi is a name we all have heard of, and the Lok Sabha Elections were enough to prove the faith the country that happens to be the largest democracy of the world has put in this man. 10 Things To Learn From Narendra Modi
1) Public Speaking Skills
The man has something in his voice that makes head turn. Even the people who don’t happen to like him have agreed that they never miss a speech by the Indian Prime Minister. And we can’t even say that this all is because of someone who writes his speeches, as the Independence Day saw him speaking without any written speeches, and this sure is going to be one of the most remembered speeches from an Indian PM.
The 15 th Prime Minister of India has always led a disciplined life. Ever since he was made a balswayamsevak in RSS,
which is known to instill discipline in all its members, he has followed a disciplined regimen.
Ever since he was a child who used to help his father and brother in their tea stalls, he was determined to make it big for himself. He has been associated with RSS since an early age, and that shows the determination that eight-year old possessed and this 64 year old possesses.
This is something for people who plan a lot. Learning from a meticulous planner that Mr. Modi is, you should care to have a love for detailing. For reaching out to the Indian population, Modi travelled more than 3.5 lakhs Kms and did 400 rallies, even to places where no one usually goes. This micro detailing helps a lot in efficient planning, leading to better results.
5) Love For Technology
The man is tech-savvy and likes to keep himself up to date with all the developments in the field. He tweets and posts important details of his life and journey within minutes of it happening. Even as I write this article, I can see that his Facebook cover picture has already been updated. While we can learn from this, we should also know the clear difference there is between love for technology and being a slave for it.
6) Love For Fitness
Modi is a big yoga enthusiast and never forgets to do it, no matter how busy he is. Perhaps, this is the reason why he is this active at this age. This is also something that we can and should learn from him.
Even at the age of 64, the enthusiasm with which Narendra Modi lives his life is commendable. Be it playing drums on his recent visit to Japan or answering questions of various Indian students on Teacher’s Day, he has never left his enthusiastic persona.
After foolproof planning, which leads to his confidence, he is not a man who can be impatient and jump on to conclusions or be restless for results. This patience and the tendency of keeping his calm and not behaving like a kid has proved to be very useful for him. It’s a hard sight to see the man angry, overpowered by emotions, or losing his patience. This is something which if learned can prove to be a changing point in our lives.
9) Leadership Skills
If you remember well, he promised to work one hour more than his subordinates did in a public speech. This is not something an inefficient leader would be able to say. He is an efficient leader and leads by his words; learning this skill from him can be beneficial for our professional lives.
Even though he is the Prime Minister of world’s largest democracy, his position has not gone to his head. He comes across as a very humble human being and this is evident by the way he addresses the nation and answers all the questions he is put across. Being humble can take you places and this is also something to learn from him.
13. Bal gangadhar Tilak
A primary school teacher was imparting lessons in arithmetic and he asked the students a question, “If 5 goats took 28 days to finish eating the grass in a meadow, then how many goats would finish it in 20 days?” Before he could complete the question someone answered “7 goats.” Surprised the teacher looked at the boy and asked him if he solved the question in a notebook as it was mental math drill. To this the student pointed his index finger to his head and the teacher smiled.
Wondering who was this student? He was Lokamanya Bal gangadhar Tilak, a pioneer of the Indian freedom struggle. The one who said, ‘Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it.’
One other time, Tilak was in school and the teacher asked the students who had strewn groundnuts all over the floor. When no one replied, the teacher decided to punish all. It was Tilak’s turn to receive punishment, but he surprised everyone by defying the teacher saying he did not have the groundnuts so he won’t accept the punishment. At this the teacher asked him to reveal the name of the mischief maker. To this Tilak replied, “It is said that telling tales is bad. So I won’t tell.” The teacher wrote a note to the boy’s parents informing of his acts. However the next day his father arrived at school and corroborated Tilak’s statement. He said, Bal was never given any money and he was not allowed to eat anything from outside.
Some of the Inspirational Quotes from Balagangadhar Tilak-
1. ”The geologist takes up the history of the earth at the point where the archaeologist leaves it, and carries it further back into remote antiquity.”
2. “It may be providence’s will that the cause,I represent may prosper more by my suffering than by my remaining free.”
3. “If we trace the history of any nation backwards into the past, we come at last to a period of myths and traditions which eventually fade away into impenetrable darkness”.
4. “If God is put with untouchability , I will not call him God.”
5. After all, Our killers are our..Brothers!!?.
6. “Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it!”
7. “Our nation is like tree of which the original trunk is swaraj and the branches are swadeshi and botcott.”
14. NICK VUJICIC
Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs because of an exceptionally rare disease known as Phocomelia. Nick stood strong and made himself learn the true meaning of life. Now, this charismatic person is one of the most popular motivational speakers and has addressed phenomenally huge crowds in more than 57 countries around the globe. Nick Vujicic is a great example to everyone who has given up on life. Below are the 7 lessons can we can learn from his journey of life so far:
Lesson 1: Stand fearless, fear is the biggest disability.
The fear of what people will say or think of you, fear of your future, fear of the past, fear of the failure and fear of being judged will kill you from the inside. Nick overcame these fears and lives his life as a happy free young man. Despite being born without limbs, Nick Vujicic always stood fearless in each step that he has taken in his life. Being an author, CEO, speaker, degree holder in financial planning and accounts, his physical limitation never stopped him from achieving much more than an average fully developed human being.
Lesson 2: Believe in God.
“If you believe in God, you will have the hope”. According to Nick, God is the source of hope in your life and when you have hope, you will have the strength to stand again and finish strong. Being harassed during school, he contemplated and even tried to commit suicide when he was only 8 years of age. For years, he continuously asked himself, why he is not like the children around him and why he is the only one without arms and legs. He wondered what the reason for his life was, or if is there any reason for him to continue living. Nick says you need to wait for the right time for things to change for the better. He says that God is the best planner for He always has better plans for you. Even if you cannot find any hope, you must decide to stay and keep hoping for the best.
Lesson 3: There are no excuses for achievements.
Nick Vujicic always had the correct outlook towards life. He knew that he has born with neither arms nor legs but he was happy with what he had. He always dreamt about living his life like others around him. Despite suffering from his severe disability, he tried to accomplish unbelievable tasks every day. He stayed focus and learned to accomplish them without any external help. Nick Vujicic became the first person to be integrated into the Australian School System. He can do all daily activities by himself. He can do swimming, fishing, surfing, skydiving, snowboarding, and even play golf. He is a successful entrepreneur with a networth of approximately USD 500,000. In 2010, He was awarded the best actor for his role in a short film, “The Butterfly Circus”.
Lesson 4: Everything happens for a reason.
Nick always thought that he was a burden to the family, until he met a boy with no arms and legs and Nick immediately thought he could perhaps be of help to him. Nick understood that life has a certain purpose for everyone and that he just found the purpose of his life. He realized that he can be an inspiration to everybody, especially to the ones who are like him. He believes that there is a purpose for which you have been thrown into the fire to burn, today it may not be visible to us but in the later stages of life we may come to know that everything that has happened in the past happened for a reason. He now discovered the answer to why he was born without limbs. God made it happen to him so that someday he can become what he is now and inspire others to do better.
Lesson 5: Share your story
Nick loves to tell his life stories to everybody. During earlier stages of his life, he used to be a very shy person till an Indian Janitor in high school motivated him to speak out, face people, hold talks and indulge in discussions. Nick tells everybody that despite having so many limitations, if he can be thankful to God for a joyful life then all others can also be. They don’t need to be sad about their life. Everyone can be a inspiration to others if they choose the right attitude towards the life.
Lesson 6: Family is important
Nick loves his family for he knows whatsoever the case may be, his family has always stood by him in his ups and downs. His parents accepted him as a normal child, sent him to a normal school and allowed him to face the world as a normal human being. His wife stood beside him when he was faced with dire financial crisis in his business. Now he is a proud father of two sons. He believes that family teaches you to be responsible and sincere towards your life. Without family, life is incomplete. Family gives you a reason to smile, even during the hardest of times.
Lesson 7: You can always achieve more.
Nick Vujicic inspires us to get most out of the life. If you believe that life is short and futile, Nick will prove you wrong and put to rest every excuse that can stop you for achieving your goals in your life. Everything depends how do you use your time to win everything you want. Whatever he has accomplished till now is due to his zeal, resilience, persistence, training and right attitude. But Nick doesn’t stop here and as a motivational speaker, he still looks forward to motivate and inspire many more people in the world.
Thomas Edison was a very successful inventor and business man. He is considered one of the most amazing inventors who ever lived holding 1,903 patents in United States. His inventions which include the light bulb, the motion picture camera, and phonograph literally changed the world and the way that we live today.
6 Great Life Lessons From Thomas Edison…
Thomas Edison was a very successful inventor and business man. He is considered one of the most amazing inventors who ever lived holding 1,903 patents in United States. His inventions which include the light bulb, the motion picture camera, and phonograph literally changed the world and the way that we live today. Pretty amazing if you ask me.
Throughout Edison’s life he accomplished amazing feats. There are many things that we can learn from Edison, his accomplishments and obstacles that he overcame to achieve greatness. Here are 6 great life lessons that we can learn from Mr. Edison…
1.Never Give Up!
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”-Thomas Edison
Sometimes it seems like it’s going to be impossible to achieve your goals. Things won’t work out the way you plan and when the going gets tough most people quit…they give up! If you want to succeed you need to keep trying. If something doesn’t work out the first time around, start over and try again. Learn from your mistakes and never give up!
2.You Are Capable of Doing Amazing Things
“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”-Thomas Edison
We are all capable of achieving greatness. Unfortunately, most people don’t use their God-given gifts and talents to achieve their goals. They become afraid of failing, afraid to take risks and eventually lose sight of their natural talents. They never end up going after their dreams and end up living a unfulfilling and unhappy life. Don’t let this happen to you! You have amazing talents and are capable of literally changing the world! If you were to do what you are capable of you would accomplish some pretty amazing things in your life! So,what’s stopping you from living up to your full potential?
3.Do What You Love
“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”-Thomas Edison
One of the main reasons Edison was so successful was because he loved what he did. Inventing was his passion! Do you love what you do? If not, keep looking for something that you love to do. Once you find it you are setting yourself up to achieve greatness! Check out my older blog post on doing what you love:Do What You Love And Money Will Follow
4.Failure…There’s No Such Thing!
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”-Thomas Edison
It took Edison over 10,000 tries to invent the light bulb. 10,000!! Most people would have given up way before then. Edison didn’t consider his 10,000 attempts that didn’t work to be failures because he learned from those attempts and tried something different. He persistently kept pursuing his goal and refused to accept defeat. Learn from your mistakes and never accept them as failures, but lessons learned!
5.There’s Always Another Way
“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.” -Thomas Edison
Many times we try and try, and we feel like we have exhausted all possible alternatives. Just remember, there’s always another way. Sometimes you just have to step back from the situation and take a breather. Clear your head and then revisit possible alternatives. If you still can’t think of another way to tackle a problem, ask for help! It’s okay to get advice and guidance from other people!
6.Use Your Imagination
“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” -Thomas Edison
One of the reasons Edison was so successful was because he used his imagination. He thought outside the box. We all have amazing imaginations, but most of us don’t use them! Use your imagination! Come up with new and great ideas! Be like Edison and think outside the box…be creative!
16. Albert Einstein
A brilliant man who was passionately curious about the mysteries of science, Albert Einstein changed the world as the most influential physicist of the 20thcentury. He developed the general theory of relativity (e = mc2), now considered the cornerstone of modern physics. Einstein received the Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”. He wrote hundreds of books and articles.
Einstein was also a great philosopher and moral leader. Here are his 10 life lessons:
1. Follow Your Curiosity: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
Curiosity helps to fuel our imagination. When we ask questions of others, we can find out important information to help us solve problems, open new doors and form connections. When we ask questions of ourselves, we can shake up our beliefs, reveal our innermost desires and make positive change. What unanswered question is swimming around in your head?
2. Perseverance is Priceless: “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
If you have a dream, you’ll be faced with obstacles but by staying with problems longer, as Einstein says, can mean the difference between failure and success. Some ways to begin practicing perseverance is by committing to your dream, keeping a positive attitude, staying focused on what you want every day and bouncing back from adversity.
3. Focus on the Present: “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
What a great example Einstein uses to illustrate the importance of focusing on the present. We can miss the pleasures of the present by becoming too preoccupied with the past and/or future. Reminding ourselves daily to be present will bring us more peace and joy as well as provide us with a greater appreciation for life.
4. Imagination is Powerful: “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
With one idea, an empire can be built. Take for example, Walt Disney, a true master at imagination. He got the inspiration for Mickey Mouse from an old pet mouse he used to have on his farm. That black and white mouse became an animated legend. Imagination opens the door to a Kingdom of possibilities!
5. Make Mistakes: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Mistakes are inevitable especially when pursuing something worthwhile. They can be disappointing and tough on the confidence but often necessary to test our true commitment to the end goal. What great things are ever accomplished without failing in some way first? The real failure is in the not starting or completing.
6. Live in the Moment: “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”
As they say, the moment is all we really have, a tough concept to grasp. Eckhart Tolle in his book the Power of Now, said that a person’s success in truly being in the present moment can be measured by the degree of peace he or she feels within. By becoming more aware of the moment, we can ground ourselves in what matters most.
7. Create Value: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
How would you define success? What will make your life a success? These questions can be great ones to ask yourself. It can be raising healthy and happy children, having meaningful and fulfilling relationships, being authentic in conversations, writing a book, loving a career, feeling good everyday—whatever it is for you, that’s where to place or continue to place your focus. What we focus on truly expands.
8. Don’t Be Repetitive: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
If you have been unhappy in certain areas of your life such as finances or relationships, opt to do one thing different tomorrow. The idea is to shake up the routine. If you have a job that is unfulfilling or that is frustrating on some level, think about what you can do to change the situation. Sometimes a new perspective on the same situation is all it takes to open one’s eyes to what’s possible. The first step is to recognize the dissatisfaction and then take a single action towards satisfaction.
9. Knowledge Comes From Experience: “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”
Actual experience creates knowledge that is respected and valued by others. We can read books, listen to tapes, and take courses, but the experiences we have in life can provide the best lessons for others. Your life story is rich in knowledge and people are ready to listen because it’s the most compelling and authentic way to make a difference with someone.
10. Learn the Rules and Then Play Better: “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
To become an expert at something, learn all you can about that subject, study other’s successes and then aim to do it better than them. The stronger your commitment and passion is to your endeavor, the greater your resolve will be to succeed.
17. steve Jobs
Steve Jobs will be remembered as a digital visionary — the man who brought poetry to the microchip.
But before he was a legend, he was a person.
We can’t all be Steve Jobs, but we can all learn from his extraordinary life.
Life Advice From Steve Jobs
1. Skate to Where the Puck is Going to Be
In 2007, Steve Jobs said, “There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very, very beginning. And we always will.”
Steve’s ability to anticipate future trends helped Apple dominate now-burgeoning markets like digital music sales (through the iPod and iTunes Store).
2. Accentuate the Positive
Steve started life out on the wrong foot. He was given up for adoption at birth.
Tough break? Young Jobs didn’t think so: he was thankful for his loving adoptive parents — who happened to live in Palo Alto, California (which would eventually become Silicon Valley).
3. Learn from Others
In high school, Jobs attended lectures at a small computer technology company called Hewlett-Packard. Before turning 21, Steve had worked for both HP and Atari. He saw what these companies were doing and learned what he wanted to do differently with Apple.
4. Start Early
Because Steve was still a sponge-brained teenager when he started working with computers, he learned quickly.
It also helps that he started Apple in his early 20’s: when he was still full of energy, fresh ideas, and not yet restrained by a family or career.
5. College is Important…
At its best, higher education challenges us to make connections and solve problems.
Jobs credits a college calligraphy course for part of the Macintosh’s development:
“If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”
6 …But it’s Not Necessary
Reed University was expensive and Jobs didn’t want to drain his parents’ savings. If Jobs hadn’t dropped out, he would have been a junior in 1975. He co-founded Apple Computer that year instead.
7. Travel the World
The year before he founded Apple, Jobs journeyed to India. Travel has a way of broadening a person’s perspective and expanding their sense of what’s possible – good traits in an entrepreneur.
8. Surround Yourself with Good People
Steve Jobs wasn’t a great computer engineer. Apple would have had no chance if Jobs was the only one building the computers. That’s why he recruited Steve Wozniak.
Through the years, Jobs’ companies have blossomed thanks to the brilliant people he’s brought on board – like Apple CEO Tim Cook and Pixar CCO (Chief Creative Officer) John Lasseter.
9. Expect Greatness
People tend to rise to expectations.
10. Fake it Before You Make it
In Apple’s early days, Steve recognized that Palo Alto, California was the epicenter of innovative computer technology. Steve wanted his company to be associated with this place – but Apple was still headquartered out of a garage in nearby Los Altos.
Jobs’ solution was to set up a PO Box in Palo Alto and hire a voice answering service. A potential client would get the impression that Apple was a big company in the heart of Silicon Valley – even though the truth was that it was still just two sweaty guys in a garage across town.
11. Obstacles are meant to be Overcome
Jobs and Wozniak ran out of money while developing the first Apple computer. Instead of giving in, Jobs sold his van and Wozniak sold his graphing calculator. When there’s a will, there’s a way.
12. Don’t Value Money
As CEO of Apple, Jobs earned $1 a year. Jobs wasn’t incentivized by his salary, but by his own unrelenting pursuit of excellence. (Then again, his expansive stock holdings may have been some incentive.)
13. Value People
Jobs hired passionate people and cultivated exceptional company cultures at both Apple and Pixar – and their work speaks for itself.
14. Take Risks
Jobs was willing to cannibalize his company’s products in the name of progress. Many CEOs would have been hesitant to develop the iPhone, knowing full well that it would help to make the iPod obsolete – but Jobs did it anyway (and took a big bite out of the lucrative mobile market).
Don’t be afraid to take risks. Especially smart ones.
15. Create a Personal Brand
Steve Jobs was one of the first people to recognize the growing importance of personal brands in the Internet age. His black turtleneck is as instantly recognizable as the Apple logo.
16. Have a Higher Purpose
Buddha said, “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
Jobs has turned his vision into reality since he began practicing Buddhism in the 1970’s.
17. Find the Right Partner
There is no more important decision in your life than the person you decide to share it with. Choose wisely (as Steve did), and you have a partner who will help see you through daily challenges.
18. Fail Forward
Everybody fails. It’s how you respond to those failures that makes all the difference. In 1984, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple.
At Stanford’s 2005 commencement address, he had this to say about it:
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
19. Learn How to Take a Brick to the Head
More inspiring words from the Stanford speech:
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.”
20. Remember You’ll be Dead Soon
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
Our time on this earth is short. Let’s make it count.
21. Put a Dent in the Universe
Jobs once said, “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why else even be here?”
Having a higher purpose doesn’t just help you find success. It redefines the meaning of the word.
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