The Quotes by Bhagat Singh Listed here are Authentic, collected from Different Sources, the main source of the collection is archives of Shahid Bhagat Singh Research Committee, Ludhiana which runs under the guidance of Prof Jagmohan Singh, son of Bibi Amar Kaur(younger sister of Saheed Bhagat Singh), the Committee have access to all the original documents,Letters and diaries written by Saheed Bhagat Singh or are related to him, Visit website http://www.shahidbhagatsingh.org
Bhagat Singh Quotes
- Bombs and pistols do not make a revolution. The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas.
- My strength is the strength of oppressed, my courage is the courage of desperation. (Page 3 of Jail Diary)
- Man and Mankind : “I am a man and all that affects mankind concerns me” – (Page 43 of Jail Diary)
- Every tiny molecule of Ash is in motion with my heat,I am such a Lunatic that I am free even in Jail. (Page 3 of Jail Diary)
- Aim of life : “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; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity – of opportunity in the social, political and individual life.” (Page 124 of Jail Diary)
- Lover ,lunatic and poet are mad of the same stuff. (Page 3 of Jail Diary)
- 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. (Page 82 of jail Diary)
- One should not interpret the word “Revolution” in its literal sense. Various meanings and significances are attributed to this word, according to the interests of those who use or misuse it. For the established agencies of exploitation it conjures up a feeling of blood stained horror. To the revolutionaries it is a sacred phrase. (Letter published in The Tribune – 25th december, 1929)
- Non-violence is backed by the theory of soul-force in which suffering is courted in the hope of ultimately winning over the opponent. But what happens when such an attempt fail to achieve the object? It is here that soul-force has to be combined with physical force so as not to remain at the mercy of tyrannical and ruthless enemy.(As quoted in The Sikh Review, Volume 55, page 173)
- Socialistic Revolution and Marriage Institution:We are now approaching a social revolution , in whcih the old ecoomic foundations of monogamy will disappear first as surely those of its compliment prostitution. Monogamy arose through the concentration of considerable wealth in one hand-a man’s hand -and from the endeavour to bequeath this wealth to the childrens of the man to the exclusion of all others. This necessiated monogamy on the women , but not on the man’s part. Hence monogamy of women is no way hindered open or secret polygamy of men.
Now the impending social revolution will reduce this whole case of inheritance to a minimum by changing at least the over whelming part of permanent and inheritable wealth — the means of production — into social property . Since monogamy was caused by economic conditions , will it appear when these causes are abolished ? (Page 10 of jail Diary)
- Death and Suffering of a child: A child was born, he committed consciously neither bad nor good actions. He fell ill he suffered much and long, until he died in terrible agony. Why? Wherefore? It is eternal riddle for the philosophers. (Page 32 of jail Diary)
- Don’t ask for rights, take them. And don’t let any one give them to you. A right that handed to you for nothing has something the matter with it. It’s more than likely it is only a wrong turned in side out. (Page 32 of jail Diary)
- For Reform a Threat of Revolution is necessary: The British bourgeoisie reckoned that by such means (reform) a revolution could be avoided. It follows, therefore, that even for the introduction of reforms , the principle of gradualness alone is insufficient, and that an actual threat of revolution is necessary. (Page 56 of Jail Diary)
- When and where did the ruling class ever yield power and property on the order of a peaceful vote — and especially such a class as the British bourgeoisie which has behind it centuries of world rapacity ? (Page 58 of Jail Diary)
- Tactics and Strategy: In politics as in war , tactics means the art of conducting isolated operations; strategy means the art of victory, that is the actual seizure of power. (Page 71 of Jail Diary)
- Hesitation: Hesitation on the part of the leaders, and felt by their followers, is generally harmful in politics; but in the case of an armed insurrection, it is a deadly danger.(Page 73 Jail Diary)
- War is war; come what may, there must be no hesitation or loss of time. (Page 73 Jail Diary)
- The Inefficient Leader: There are two kinds of leaders who incline to drag the party back at the moment when it should go fastest. One kind also tends to see over whelming difficulties and obstacles in the way of revolution and looks at them —– consciously or unconsciously — with the desire of avoiding them. They alter Marxism into a system for explaining why revolutionary action is impossible.
The other kind are mere superficial agitators. They see never any obstacle until they can break their heads against them. They think they can avoid real difficulties by floods of oratory. They look at every thing with supreme optimism , and , naturally change right over when something has actually to be done. (Page 74 Jail Diary)
- Revolution did not necessarily involve sanguinary strife. It was not a cult of bomb and pistol. They may sometimes be mere means for its achievement. No doubt they play a prominent part in some movements, but they do not — for that very reason — become one and the same thing. A rebellion is not a revolution. It may ultimately lead to that end.
The sense in which the word Revolution is used in that phrase, is the spirit, the longing for a change for the better. The people generally get accustomed to the established order of things and begin to tremble at the very idea of a change. It is this lethargical spirit that needs be replaced by the revolutionary spirit. Otherwise degeneration gains the upper hand and the whole humanity is led stray by the reactionary forces. Such a state of affairs leads to stagnation and paralysis in human progress. 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. Old order should change, always and ever, yielding place to new, so that one “good” order may not corrupt the world. It is in this sense that we raise the shout “Long Live Revolution. (Letter published in The Tribune (25 December 1929))
- Any man who stands for progress has to criticize, disbelieve and challenge every item of the old faith. Item by item he has to reason out every nook and corner of the prevailing faith. If after considerable reasoning one is led to believe in any theory or philosophy, his faith is welcomed. His reasoning can be mistaken, wrong, misled and sometimes fallacious. But he is liable to correction because reason is the guiding star of his life. But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: it dulls the brain, and makes a man reactionary.
- By “Revolution”, we mean the ultimate establishment of an order of society which may not be threatened by such breakdown, and in which the sovereignty of the proletariat should be recognized and a world federation should redeem humanity from the bondage of capitalism and misery of imperial wars.
- 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. These things can never be hinderance in the way of man, provided he be a man. You will have the practical proof in the near future.
- The bomb was necessary to awaken England from her dreams. We dropped the bomb on the floor of the assembly chamber to register our protest on behalf of those who had no other means left to give expression to their heart-rending agony. Our sole purpose was to make the deaf hear and give the heedless a timely warning. Others have as keenly felt as we have done and from such seeming stillness of the sea of Indian humanity, a veritable storm is about to break out.
Some Facts: The Notebook which has been referred as Jail Diary here was given to Bhagat Singh on 12 Sep 1929, after the agreement between the hunger strikers and Special Jail committee, the first page of the diary had his Name Initials and signature, the second page was blank and he started writing from the third page and wrote till the 74th page, some of the pages between 3 and 74 were blank.
Bhagat Singh,Rajguru and Sukhdev were buried at Hussainiwala on the banks of the Sutlej river, which became part of Pakistan during the partition but India got it back on 17 January 1961 in exchange of 12 Villages with Pakistan, Batukeshwar Dutt was cremated there on 19 July 1965 as per his last wish, as was Bhagat Singh’s mother and Later “National Martyrs Memorial” was built there in 1968, during the 1971 war of India-Pakistan the memorial was destroyed by the Pakistan Army and the statues were removed which were never returned but the Memorial was built again in 1973.
Every year, an event called “Saheed mela” (Martyrdom Fair) is organized there on 23rd March.