Quotes on India

Famous Quotes on India

“Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another…But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood….. Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught; but India for thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not exist… Even earlier, when history has no record, and tradition dares not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even from until now, ideas after ideas have marched out from her, but every word has been spoken with a blessing behind it and peace before it. We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live….!”

– Swami Vivekanand (Indian Philosopher)

“Our present knowledge of the nervous system fits in so accurately with the internal description of the human body given in the Vedas (5000 years ago). Then the question arises whether the Vedas are really religious books or books on anatomy of the nervous system and medicine.”

– V.G. Rele (Author of ‘The Vedic Gods’)

“We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made!”

– Albert Einstein (Theoretical Physicist, Germany)

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most artistic materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!”

– Mark Twain (Writer, America)

“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India!”

– Romaine Rolland (French scholar)

“She (India) has left indelible imprints on one fourth of the human race in the course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right to reclaim … her place amongst the great nations summarizing and symbolizing the spirit of humanity. From Persia to the Chinese sea, from the icy regions of Siberia to Islands of Java and Borneo, India has propagated her beliefs, her tales, and her civilization!”

– Sylvia Levi (French Scholar)

“If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India.”

– Max Müller (German Scholar)

“India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.”

– Hu Shih (Former Ambassador of China to USA)

“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.”

– Keith Bellows (Editor-in-chief, National Geographic Society)

“Many of the advances in the sciences that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in fact made in India centuries ago.”

– James Grant Duff (British soldier and historian)

“It is already becoming clearer that a chapter which has a western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it not to end in the self-destruction of the human race…At this supremely dangerous moment in history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian way.”

– Dr. Arnold Toynbee (British Historian)

“India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all”.

– Will Durant (American Historian)

“There has been no more revolutionary contribution than the one which the Hindus (Indians) made when they invented zero.”

– Lancelot Hogben (British experimental zoologist and medical statistician)

“Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some unearthly and unknown light illuminated me. In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climbs, and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. When I read it, I feel that I am under the spangled heavens of a summer night.”

– Henry David Thoreau (American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian)

“In the great books of India, an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence, which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the questions that exercise us.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (American essayist, lecturer, and poet)

“From the Vedas we learn a practical art of surgery, medicine, music, house building under which mechanized art is included. They are encyclopedia of every aspect of life, culture, religion, science, ethics, law, cosmology and meteorology.”

– William James (American philosopher and psychologist)

“Gravitation was known to the Hindus (Indians) before the birth of Newton. The system of blood circulation was discovered by them centuries before Harvey was heard of.”

– Peter Johnstone (Mathematician)

They were very advanced Hindu astronomers in 6000 BC. Vedas contain an account of the dimension of Earth, Sun, Moon, Planets and Galaxies.”

– Emmelin Plunket (Author of ‘Calendars and Constellations of Ancient World’)

“Where can we look for sages like those whose systems of philosophy were prototypes of those of Greece: to whose works Plato, Thales and Pythagorus were disciples? Where do I find astronomers whose knowledge of planetary systems yet excites wonder in Europe as well as the architects and sculptors whose works claim our admiration, and the musicians who could make the mind oscillate from joy to sorrow, from tears to smile with the change of modes and varied intonation?”

– Colonel James Todd (Officer of the British East India Company and an Oriental scholar)

“India – The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas.”

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox (American author and poet)

“After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense.”

– Werner Heisenberg (German Physicist)

“The surgery of the ancient Indian physicians was bold and skilful. A special branch of surgery was dedicated to rhinoplasty or operations for improving deformed ears, noses and forming new ones, which European surgeons have now borrowed.”

– Sir William Wilson Hunter (British Surgeon)

“An examination of Indian Vedic doctrines shows that it is in tune with the most advanced scientific and philosophical thought of the West.”

– Sir John Woodroffe (British Orientalist)

“It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to the west, such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system.”

– Will Durant (American Historian)

“There is no book in the world that thrilling, stirring and inspiring as the Upanishads.”

– Max Müller (German Scholar)

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