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Thus spake Bhagat SIngh - quotes that inspired a nation

Last Updated : 23 March 2015, 13:04 IST
Last Updated : 23 March 2015, 13:04 IST

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Bhagat Singh, was martyred at an age when he was beginning to make a mark as a serious ideologue of the revolutionary movement.

The jail notes he maintained, and the articles he wrote for various publications, give a hint about his progressive ideas.     

On the occasion of the "Martyrs' Day", which is observed every March 23, to pay home to Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar, who were hanged on this day, we compile a few of his most stirring quotes.

Bhagat Singh, along with Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar, were hanged on March 23, 1931. On the occasion of this "Martyrs' Day", we compile a few of Bhagat Singh’s most stirring quotes.

"Bombs and pistols do not make a revolution. The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas."

"Every tiny molecule of Ash is in motion with my heat. I am such a Lunatic that I am free even in Jail."

"If the deaf are to hear, the sound has to be very loud. When we dropped the bomb, it was not our intention to kill anybody. We have bombed the British Government. The British must quit India and make her free."

 “The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop it harmoniously; not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below; and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life…"

"Lovers, Lunatics and poets are made of same stuff."

"It is beyond the power of any man to make a revolution. Neither can it be brought about on any appointed date. It is brought about by special environments, social and economic. The function of an organised party is to utilise any such opportunity offered by these circumstances.”

"I emphasize that I am full of ambition and hope and of full charm of life. But I can renounce all at the time of need, and that is the real sacrifice."

"Any man who stands for progress has to criticise, disbelieve and challenge every item of the old faith"

"The spirit of Revolution should always permeate the soul of humanity, so that the reactionary forces may not accumulate to check its eternal onward march"

"…by crushing individuals, they cannot kill ideas."

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Published 23 March 2015, 13:01 IST

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