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 (Greek Thinker and Traveller) 1st Century AD
India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.
-Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA
Many of the advances in the sciences that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in fact made in India centuries ago.
- Grant Duff (British Historian of India)
India was the motherland of our race and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages. India was the mother of our philosophy, of much of our mathematics, of the ideals embodied in Christianity... of self-government and democracy. In many ways, Mother India is the mother of us all.
- Will Durant (American Historian) 1885-1981
..the [Aryan Invasion] cannot be proved and may be quite incorrect
- Wheeler (in his "Civilization of Indus Valley and Beyond")
For the Indo-Aryan invasion of India no direct evidence is available... In the text of the Rg Veda itself, although historical allusions are not uncommon, there is no reference anywhere to the fact of the migration, nor any definite indication that it was still remembered.
- Murrow (in his book "The Sanskrit Language")
they (Vedics) had knowledge of the geography of the then known world. It is clear from the reference to Nile in the Vayu Purana
- S.M.Ali (in his "Geography of the Puranas" )
We have a right to more than suspect that India, eight thousand years ago, sent a colony of emigrants who carried their arts and high civilization into what is now known to us as Egypt. The Egyptians came, according to their records, from a mysterious land (now known to lie on the shores of the Indian ocean) ... led by Amen, Hor, Hathor (Brahma, Hari, Rudra)...
- Prof. Brugsch Bey (in his book "History of Egypt")
It has been proved by clear evidence and plain reasoning that a powerful monarchy was established in Iran, long before the Assyrian or Pishdadi government; that it was in truth a Hindu monarchy ... that is subsisted many centuries..
- Charles Vallency quotes Sir William Jones (Collectania De Rebus Hibernicus, p.465)
No nation on earth can vie with the Hindus in respect of the antiquity of their religion. It is there (i.e. Aryavarta) we must seek the cradle for the brahmin religion but for the cradle of high civilization of the Hindus, which gradually extended itself in the west to Ethiopia, to Egypt, to Phoenicia, in the east to Siam, to China and to Japan, in the south to Ceylon, to Java and to Sumatra, and in the north to Persia, to Chaldia and to Colchis, whence it came to Greece and to Rome and at length to the remote abode of the Hyperboreans.
- Count Bjornstierna in his book "The Theogony of the Hindus"
that a system of Hinduism pervaded the whole Babylonian and Assyrian empires
- Pococke (India in Greece, p.178)
the Vedas are the oldest books in existence ... and it carries us back to times of which we have no records anywhere
-Max Muller (in "History of Ancient Sanskrit Literature")
Ancient Indian theories lacked an empirical base, but they were brilliant imaginative explanations of the physical structure of the world, and in a large measure, agreed with the discoveries of modern physics.
- A.L. Basham, Australian Indologist
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 instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.
We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.
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 existance, it is India.
-Romain Rolland, French scholar
The Indian way of life provides the vision of the natural, real way of life. We veil ourselves with unnatural masks. On the face of India are the tender expressions which carry the mark of the Creator's hand.
- George Bernard Shaw, British Author
In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climes and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge.
- Thoreau, American Thinker
If I am asked which nation had been advanced in the ancient world in respect of education and culture then I would say it was - India.
- Max Muller, German Indologist
In religion, India is the only millionaire .... The One land that all men desire to see and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.
- Mark Twain (American Author) 1835-1910
It is already becoming clearer that a chapter which has a western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race... At this supremely dangerous moment in history the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian Way.
- Dr. Arnold Toynbee (British Historian) 1889-1975
Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this [Gandhi] ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth. He demonstrated that the allegiance of men can be won, not merely by the cunning game of political fraud and trickery, but through the living example of a morally exalted way of life.
- Albert Einstein (03/14/1879-1955)