July 2010

Quotes by JRD Tata

"I do not want India to be an economic superpower. I want India to be a happy country."
— JRD Tata, after receiving the Bharat Ratna, 1992

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No institute of science and technology can guarantee discoveries or inventions, and we cannot plan or command a work of genius at will. But do we give sufficient thought to the nurture of the young investigator, to providing the right atmosphere and conditions of work and full opportunity for development? It is these things that foster invention and discovery.
— JRD Tata, Presidential address at the first general assembly of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

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Growing organisations in any field must constantly evolve, accept or even seek new ideas, new visions, and new enthusiasms. 
 — JRD Tata, Speech on ‘Completion of 25 years as chairman’

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“(The) Future belongs to the young. We must not only trust them with responsibility but must thrust it upon them whilst they are still young and full of energy, zest, hope and even illusions. However heart-breaking it may be to ourselves, we must make way for the new generations even when we feel we are still in our prime.”
— JRD Tata, Speech on ‘Completion of 25 years as chairman’

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If I were to attribute any single reason to such success as I have achieved, I would say that success would not have been possible without a sustained belief that what I did or attempted to do would serve the needs and interests of our country and our people and that I was a trustee of such interests.
— JRD Tata, In reply to a letter by Prof Sahni, IIM Bangalore, who requested him to share his philosophy of life with his students


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As I lay down office as chairman of the firm, I do so in the conviction that the future of the Tata group, its continuing growth and prosperity, are in safe hands.
JRD Tata, letters to Tata directors, April 1991


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We have to find the intermediate ways and means of restoring a degree of stability to our politics and more than a degree of safety to our citizens.
— JRD Tata at the 60th annual general Meeting of The Indian Merchant’s Chamber, Bombay

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