Quotes about India – fact checked and verified with source

This is a collection of quotes about India by famous personalities from across the world. Please note that we only publish authentic quotes that can be sourced to the person to whom the quote is attributed. We do not publish any fake quotes. The source of the quote is mentioned for every quote published below.

Quotes by Mark Twain

  • “In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.”
    – Mark Twain
    Source: Following the Equator (1897), Ch. XLIII
  • “India has been used to wealth on so vast a scale that she has to shorten to single words the expressions describing great sums.”
    – Mark Twain
    Source: Following the Equator (1897), Ch. XLIII
  • India is the country of a hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition”
    – Mark Twain
    Source: Following the Equator (1897), Ch. XXXVIII
  • India had the start of the whole world in the beginning of things. She had the first civilization; she had the first accumulation of material wealth
    – Mark Twain
    Source: Following the Equator (1897), Ch. XLIII
  • “So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or Nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his round. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked”
    – Mark Twain
    Source: Following the Equator (1897), Ch. LVII

Quotes by Will Durant about India

“India was the motherland of our race,
and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages:
she was the mother of our philosophy;
mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics;
mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity;
mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy.
Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.” – Will Durant
Source: The Case for India (1931)

Quotes about India by Hu Shih

“India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border. ” – Hu Shih
Source: Consolation of Mind (2004) by H. K. Suhas, page 111

Quotes about India by Ruskin Bond

“The India I Love, does not make the headlines, but I find it wherever I go – in field or forest, town or village, mountain or desert – and in the hearts and minds of people who have given me love and affection for the better part of my lifetime.” – Ruskin Bond
Source: You cannot die of boredom in India

Quotes about India by Annie Besant

India is the mother of religion. In her are combined science and religion in perfect harmony, and that is the Hindu religion, and it is India that shall be again the spiritual mother of the world.” – Annie Besant
Source: Besant’s lecture at the Grand Theatre, Calcutta on Jan 15th 1906

Also Read: Quotes by Gurudev

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