New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 96th birth anniversary was observed on Friday. Known for extraordinary oratory skills, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was India's first non-Congress Prime Minister to complete a full-term in the office. The first Prime Minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was born on December 25, 1924. His birth anniversary is celebrated across India as Good Governance Day since 2014 to foster awareness among people of accountability in government. So as the country observes Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 96th birth anniversary, here's a look at some of the inspiring quotes by the poet-politician:

"Our aim may be as high as the endless sky, but we should have a resolve in our minds to walk ahead, hand-in-hand, for victory will be ours."

"Empowering the individual means empowering the nation. And empowerment is best served through rapid economic growth with rapid social change."

"For development, peace is essential."

"If India is not secular, then India is not India at all."

"There can be no compromise regarding corruption."

"For me, power was never an attraction."

"Victory and defeat are a part of life, which are to be viewed with equanimity."

"In the euphoria after the Cold War, there was a misplaced notion that the UN could solve every problem anywhere."

"Terrorism has become a festering wound. It is an enemy of humanity."

"No guns but only brotherhood can resolve the problems."

"Violence does not contribute to anything."

"Quiet diplomacy is far more effective than public posturing."

"We believe in equal respect for all faiths."

"Our words, actions, and diplomatic efforts should be aimed at trying to achieve pragmatic goals rather than creating rhetorical effect."

"My poet's heart gives me strength to face political problems, particularly those which have a bearing on my conscience."

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma