B. R. Ambedkar Quotes

I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.

I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.

Learn to live in this world with self-respect.

Caste is a state of mind. It is a disease of mind. The teachings of the Hindu religion are the root cause of this disease. We practice casteism and we observe Untouchability because we are enjoined to do so by the Hindu religion. A bitter thing cannot be made sweet. The taste of anything can be changed. But poison cannot be changed into nectar.

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.

Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains, is a slave, not a free man. One whose mind is not free, though he may not be in prison, is a prisoner and not a free man. One whose mind is not free though alive, is no better than dead. Freedom of mind is the proof of one’s existence.

Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age.

My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can loose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality.

Religion is for man and not man for religion

We are Indians, firstly and lastly.

The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.


Life should be great rather than long.

If I find the constitution being misused, I shall be the first to burn it.

If you believe in living a respectable life, you believe in self-help which is the best help!

Caste is not just a division of labour, it is a division of labourers.

Justice has always evoked ideas of Equality, of proportion of compensation. In short, Justice is another name of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.

Freedom of mind is the proof of one’s existence.

Democracy is not a form of government, but a form of social organisation.


I want all people to be Indians first, Indian last and nothing else but Indians.

History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics.

The Hindu civilisation is a diabolical contrivance to enslave humanity. Its proper name would be infamy.

A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.

I prefer Buddhism because it gives three principles in combination, which no other religion does. This is what man wants for a good and happy life. Neither god nor soul can save society.

Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.

What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights.