Quotes from some of the most inspiring women in India

There might be different perspectives, opinions and ways of doing the same thing. But when it comes to ethics, there can be no two ways of looking at it. Profits are important, but only for sustaining a business.

-Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd


Development issues cannot be contained within national boundaries.

-Medha Patkar, Indian Social Activist and Social Reformer turned politician


The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. To love, to be loved; To never forget your own insignificance; To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you; To seek joy in the saddest places; To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power; Above all to watch, to try and understand; To never look away and never, never to forget.”

-Arundhati Roy, Indian Author, winner of “Man Booker Prize” for fiction.


The focus is what is right before you – to give it your best. It sows the seeds of tomorrow.

-Kiran Bedi, Indian politician, social activist, former tennis player and retired police officer.


Nobody was my support. You have to support yourself and I think that is the beauty of being a woman.

-Kangana Ranaut, Bollywood Actress


Very often in our society, people who have achieved success tend to place a premium on being vainglorious and bumptious. It pays, in my view, to be generous and large of heart and mind; bumptiousness never pays.

-Naina Lal Kidwai, Group General Manager & Country Head of HSBC India


I chose to be a working wife and mother. Why should I compromise on either?

-Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank


People used to say that boxing is for men and not for women and I thought I will show them some day. I promised myself and I proved myself.

-Mary Kom, Five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.


The distance between number one and number two is always a constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you. That is a big lesson. I cannot just expect the organization to improve if I don’t improve myself and lift the organization, because that distance is a constant.

-Indra Nooyi, CEO PepsiCO


The lotus comes from the murkiest water but grows into the purest thing.

-Nita Ambani, Chairperson and founder of Reliance Foundation and a non-executive director of Reliance Industries.

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