Quotations for General Essay

Quotes of any famous person is one of the best ways to start an essay. The quote should be logically well connected with the topic of the Essay. A few quotations are listed here for your reference from previous years papers and famous personalities.

Mahatma Gandhi’s Quotes

  1. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
  2. Where there is love, there is life.
  3. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.
  4. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
  5. Wiping every tear from every eye.
  6. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
  7. Hate the sin, love the sinner.
  8. The future depends on what you do today.
  9. Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
  10. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
  11. It is health which is real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver.
  12. There goes my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.
  13. Poverty is the worst form of violence.
  14. There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.
  15. If we are to reach real peace in this world…we shall have to begin with children.
  16. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
  17. There is no occasion for women to consider themselves subordinate or inferior to men.

Quotes from Literature and Culture

  1. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – A Sanskrit phrase found in Hindu texts such as the Maha Upanishad – Means The World is One Family.
  2. Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavantu – MAY ALL BECOME HAPPY.
  3. Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana – Bhagavad Gita – You have every right to work but not expecting the fruits out of it. (Let the focus be not on the fruits and never be inactive.)
  4. Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava – (Equality of the destination of the paths followed by all religions)
  5. Live and Let Live – Buddha.
  6. “Every duty is holy, and devotion to duty is the highest form of the worship of God.” – Swami Vivekananda.
  7. “Pitah Rakshathi Koumare, Pati Rakshathi Youvanne, Puthro Rakshathi Vardaykye, Na sthree swathanthram arhati” – Father protects in teenage. Husband protects in Young. Son protects during old age. No women is allowed to enjoy freedom.
  8. Buddha – “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

Quotes by Others

  1. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. – Lord Acton
  2. “Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” George Eliot.
  3. Terrorism anywhere threatens democracy everywhere.
  4. Calamities are natural but Disasters are manmade.
  5. Bottom of pyramid is a reality and not just a terminology.
  6. Knowledge is one which liberates.
  7. Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.
  8. “Local Self-Government must be the basis of any true system of democracy”. – Pandit Jawarlal Nehru in 1948 in the conference of Local Government Ministers.
  9. “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  10. “The peasant (in India) is born in debt, lives in debt, dies in debt and bequeaths debt.” This is what Sir Malcolm Darling, a famous British researcher and writer, wrote in 1925 after studying the condition of undivided Punjab’s peasants.
  11. “Mankind must move to outer space within a century or it will become extinct” – Stephen Hawking
  12. “Most of India’s college graduates are unemployable,” – ex-President Pranab Mukherjee
  13. “Primary education is the foundation for empowerment of Children”.
  14. Live life simply so that others may simply live.
  15. “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”  – Abraham Lincoln
  16. The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. – Abraham Lincoln
  17. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King Jr.
  18. “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese Saying
  19. ‘They Make a Desert and Call it Peace’.
  20. “He may die in peace, but India will not live in peace for centuries to come.” NA Palkhiwala on remarks of VP Singh on Mandal Report after Supreme Court verdict.
  21. “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil”. – C.S Lewis.
  22. Lending Hands to Someone is Better than Giving a Dole.
  23. With great power comes great responsibility.
  24. Words are sharper than a two-edged sword.
  25. Economic growth without distributive justice breeds violence.
  26. Good fences make good neighbours.
  27. Raise your voice, not the sea level.
  28. Law determines the direction in which society should move. But it is the culture which determines the direction in which society actually moves.
  29. Nature determines the route of development, while man determines the rate and state.