B. R. Ambedkar Quotes

  • I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.

  • We are Indians, firstly and lastly.

  • The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.

  • I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.

  • My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can loose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality.

  • Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains, is a slave, not a free man. One whose mind is not free, though he may not be in prison, is a prisoner and not a free man. One whose mind is not free though alive, is no better than dead. Freedom of mind is the proof of one’s existence.

  • Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age.

  • I want all people to be Indians first, Indian last and nothing else but Indians.

  • Religion is for man and not man for religion

  • Learn to live in this world with self-respect

  • A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.

  • Equality may be a fiction but nonetheless one must accept it as a governing principle.

  • Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.

  • We must begin by acknowledging that there is a complete absence of two things in Indian Society. One of these is equality. On the social plane we have an India based on the principles of graded inequality, which means elevation for some and degradation for others. On the economic plane we have a society in which there are some who have immense wealth as against many who live in abject poverty.

  • Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.

  • It is disgraceful to live at the cost of one’s self-respect. Self-respect is the most vital factor in life. Without it, man is a cipher. To live worthily with self-respect, one has to overcome difficulties. It is out of hard and ceaseless struggle alone that one derives strength, confidence and recognition.

  • If you study carefully, you will see that Buddhism is based on reason. There is an element of flexibility inherent in it, which is not found in any other religion

  • Life should be great rather than long.

  • A bitter thing cannot be made sweet. The taste of anything can be changed. But poison cannot be changed into nectar

  • Caste is not just a division of labour, it is a division of labourers.

  • I feel that the constitution is workable, it is flexible and it is strong enough to hold the country together both in peacetime and in wartime. Indeed, if I may say so, if things go wrong under the new Constitution, the reason will not be that we had a bad Constitution. What we will have to say is that Man was vile.

  • If you believe in living a respectable life, you believe in self-help which is the best help!

  • So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.

  • A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.

  • My definition of democracy is – A form and a method of Government whereby revolutionary changes in the social life are brought about without bloodshed. That is the real test. It is perhaps the severest test. But when you are judging the quality of the material you must put it to the severest test.