"India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most astrictive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!" -Mark Twain

"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 rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked." -Mark Twain

"If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India!" -French scholar Romaine Rolland

"In India, I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it, inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything, but possessed by nothing" -Apollonius Tyanaeus


"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made!" -Albert Einstein

Political Quotes

"In common conversation I am sometimes called [[Empress of India]]. Why have I never officially assumed this title? I feel I ought to do so and wish to have preliminary inquiries made." - Queen Victoria in 1876

"Theatrical bombast and folly." - William Gladstone, then leader of the Liberal Party (then the main opposition party) and former and future Prime Minister during debate on the Royal Titles Bill 1876, enacted in 1877 by Queen Victoria herself that granted her the title of Empress of India.