Sir Allama Iqbal, the poet of east, was indeed one of the best poets, philosophers and politicians of nineteenth century. He was also given the title of ‘Sir’ by a British officials. He joined All India Muslim League and delivered his most famous Allahabad Address, which is believed to be the turning point in history after which the sub-continent’s Muslims presented their demand for a separate state.

To mark 139th Iqbal Day today, read below a few influential quotes by Allama Iqbal;

  • Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.

  • I tell you the sign of a believer; When Death comes, there is a smile on his lips.

  • People who have no hold over their process of thinking are likely to be ruined by liberty of thought. If thought is immature, liberty of thought becomes a method of converting men into animals.

  • Words, without power, is mere philosophy.

  • When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry.

  • It is true that we are made of dust. And the world is also made of dust. But the dust has motes rising.

  • Death does not exist. It is life that is a predominant reality, not death.

  • Why should I ask the wise men: Whence is my beginning? I am busy with the thought: Where will be my end?

  • Become dust – and they will throw thee in the air; Become stone – and they will throw thee on glass.

  • Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.

  • The truth is that the religious and the scientific processes, though involving different methods, are identical in their final aim. Both aim at reaching the most real.

  • The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time.


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