Over the years, I had nurtured the hope to be able to fly; to handle a machine as it rose higher and higher in the stratosphere was my dearest dream.

One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.

One of the more difficult tasks for me as president was to decide on the issue of confirming capital punishment awarded by courts... to my surprise... almost all cases which were pending had a social and economic bias.

One lesson that every nation can learn from China is to focus more on creating village-level enterprises, quality health services and educational facilities.

No sanction can stand against ignited minds.

No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.

New markets could be created by rural potentials, which could lead to rise in the employment.

Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place - that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.

Nations consist of people. And with their effort, a nation can accomplish all it could ever want.

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.

My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.

My 2020 Vision for India is to transform it into a developed nation. That cannot be abstract; it is a lifeline.

Medical costs are of concern, both in developing and developed countries.

Measuring nuclear yield depends on multiple parameters - the location and number of instruments, the geology of the area, the location of the seismic station in relation to the test site.

Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.

Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.

Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.

Learning gives creativity, Creativity leads to thinking, Thinking provides knowledge, Knowledge makes you great.

It's when children are 15, 16 or 17 that they decide whether they want to be a doctor, an engineer, a politician or go to the Mars or moon. That is the time they start having a dream, and that's the time you can work on them. You can help them shape their dreams.

It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.

For success of any mission, it is necessary to have creative leadership. Creative leadership is vital for government, non-governmental organisations as well as for industries.

For me, there is no such thing as a negative experience.

For me, there are two types of people: the young and the experienced.

For 2,500 years, India has never invaded anybody.

Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.

Every nation has to follow a certain policy: Commercial, trade, various other types of policies.

English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.

Economy forced me to become a vegetarian, but I finally starting liking it.

Dream is not that you see in the sleep; dream is that does not allow you to sleep.

Don't take reset after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.

Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance?

Developing nations want to become developed nations.

Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.

Confidence and hard work is the best medicine to kill the disease called failure. It will make you successful person.

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

Building capacity dissolves differences. It irons out inequalities.

Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.

As a child of God, I am greater than anything that can happen to me.

An economically peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka is the dream of youth of the nation. My message for the youth is to collectively work for an inclusively developed Sri Lanka.

Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence.

All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence.

All the scientists and technologists should work in appropriate region, specifically the rural technologies, to transform Indian rural sector.

A teacher should have a creative mind.

When you look at the light bulb above you, you remember Thomas Alva Edison. When the telephone bell rings, you remember Alexander Graham Bell. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. When you see the blue sky, you think of Sir C.V. Raman.

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.