September 5, birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India, is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in the country.
On this occasion, here are best quotes by him to read and remember the legend.
- Love thy neighbor as thyself because you are your neighbor. It is illusion that makes you think that your neighbor is someone other than yourself.
- It is not God that is worshipped but the authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity.
- It is the intense spirituality of India, and not any great political structure or social organisation that it has developed, that has enabled it to resist the ravages of time and the accidents of history.
- The idea of Plato that philosophers must be the rulers and directors of society is practiced in India.
- Discontent with the actual is the necessary precondition of every moral change and spiritual rebirth.
- There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement.
- Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers’ Day.
- The worst sinner has a future, even as the greatest saint has had a past. No one is so good or bad as he imagines.
- God lives, feels and suffers in every one of us, and in course of time, His attributes, knowledge, beauty and love will be revealed in each of us.
- True religion is a revolutionary force: it is an inveterate enemy of oppression, privilege, and injustice.
- My ambition is not only to chronicle but to interpret and reveal the movement of the mind and unfold the sources of India in the profound plane of human nature.
- Before we can build a stable civilization worthy of humanity as a whole, it is necessary that each historical civilization should become conscious of its limitations and it’s unworthiness to become the ideal civilization of the world.
- The ultimate self is free from sin, free from old age, free from death and grief, free from hunger and thirst, which desires nothing and imagines nothing.