Quotes for Essays

Quotes for Essays – UPSC/PCS exam- The following quotes could be used to enhance the content and the structure of the essays. 

Quotes on Caste system in India

  1. The caste system is opposed to the religion of the Vedanta. Caste is a social custom, and all our great preachers have tried to break it down. – Swami Vivekananda.


  1. Caste is not a physical object like a wall of bricks or a line of barbed wire which prevents the Hindus from co-mingling and which has, therefore, to be pulled down.  Caste is a notion; it is a state of the mind. –B. R. Ambedkar


  1. “So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.”-B.R. Ambedkar


  1. “Untouchability shuts all doors of opportunities for betterment in life for Untouchables. It does not offer an Untouchable any opportunity to move freely in society; it compels him to live in dungeons and seclusion; it prevents him from educating himself and following a profession of his choice.”- B.R. Ambedkar


Quotes on Corruption

  1. Corruption is like a ball of snow. Once it sets rolling, it must increase. – Charles Colton


  1. Power corrupt and absolute power corrupts absalutely. – Lord Acton


3.”Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.” – George Bernard Shaw


  1. Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power. – John Steinbeck


  1. Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism. – Joe Biden


Quotes on Democracy

  1. Democracy is the rule of the people, by the people and for the people. – Abraham Lincoln


  1. Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. – Winston Churchill


  1. Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive. – J F Kennedy


  1. Democracy is not merely a form of Government. It is primarily a mode of associated fiving, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards our fellow men. – B.R. Ambedkar


Quotes on Education

  1. “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in term of 100 years, teach the people” (importance of human capital)- Confucius


  1. If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.- Confucius


  1. The pen is mightier than the sword – Edward Lytton


  1. If the ability of fish is measured by its ability to climb a tree then fish would have lived its entire life thinking that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein


  1. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”- Aristotle.


Quotes on Environment

  1. We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. – Thomas Fuller


  1. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.


  1. There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.-Marshall McLuhan


  1. There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. – Gandhi


  1. Not everything that can be counted is worth counting. Not everything that counts can be is countable. –Albert Einstein.


  1. Sustainable development is the peace policy of the future – Klaus Topfer


Quotes on Media

  1. “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” – Jim Morrison


  1. The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. – Thomas Jefferson.


  1. The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. –Malcom


Quotes on Women

  1. Women in India experience much worse suffering, humiliation and slavery in all spheres than even the untouchables. –Periyar E.V. Ramasamy


  1. I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women, have achieved- B. R. Ambedkar


  1. “In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.”-Aung San Suu Kyi


  1. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”- Margaret Thatcher


  1. “I raise up my voice-not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”-Malala Yousafzai


  1. “I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century.”-Hillary Clinton


  1. Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance. –Kofi Annan


Quotes for essays on Poverty

  1. Poverty is the worst form of violence – Mahatma Gandhi


  1. There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.- Mahatma Gandhi


  1. Best way to help poor is not to be one of them – Carnegie Mellon


  1. Poverty or Arm race: Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed- Eisenhower


  1. The law barks at all but bites only the poor, the powerless, the illiterate, the ignorant. Justice Krishina lyer


  1. Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life. –Confucius


Quotes for essays on Science & Technology

  1. I don’t know in what weapons the world war three will be fought, but forth world war will be fought only through sticks and stones – Albert Einstein.


  1. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. – Elbert Hubbard


  1. The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that man will begin to think like computers-Sydney Harris


  1. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind- Albert Einstein


  1. A little knowledge is dangerous. So is a lot. –Albert Einstein

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