The Tata lineage has garnered a lot of respect, not in just India but the world over. It's not just about their wealth or success, it also has a lot to do with what they've done in return, for the people and the nation. And of all the chairmen they've had, the one who distinctively stands out is Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, the man who was at the helm for over 50 years from the late 1930s to the early 1990s.

It's funny how the empire has been under the spotlight for changes in management recently. When JRD Tata held the reins, it grew from a 14-company conglomerate to 50 and the sales rocketed from ₹280 crores to ₹15,000 crores. It was nothing but profitable for the people. The more the companies, the more the employees. The more the money, the better the pay. 

He strengthened several other industries as well. The most notable being civil aviation. Air India was perhaps one of his greatest contributions. He was the first Indian to get a pilot's license. But the humble man credits all the growth to his employees and the people he worked with. He continuously fought for those stricken by poverty and was a great admirer of science & arts. Countless talented men flourished because of the facilities he provided. He truly was one of the greatest and most loved industrialists, who used his resources to make a real difference.

Here are 13 quotes by JRD Tata that are bound to garner nothing but respect and inspiration:

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For everything that you've done for our country and the people, thank you Mr Tata!

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