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Mahatma Gandhi full name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He played a crucial role in freedom struggle of India. His powerful political tools were Satyagraha and non-violence who had inspired other political leaders around the world. He was also a good writer. Here in this article we are giving some inspirational and famous quotes of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
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  • The future depends on what you do today.
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  • A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.
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  • The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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  • Where there is love there is life.
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  • Be truthful gentle and fearless.
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  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
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  • It is my conviction that nothing enduring can be built on violence.
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  • Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking.
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  • You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
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  • The future depends on what we do in the present.
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  • We must become the change we want to see.
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  • I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
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  • There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.
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  • Whatever you do will be insignificent. But it is very important that you do it.
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  • It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
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  • The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.
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  • We will become who we are meant to become.
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  • In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
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  • Nonviolence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
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  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of strong.
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  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
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  • Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
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  • Civilization is the encouragement of differences.
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  • I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stifled. I want all the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.
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  • Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
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  • Non violence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
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  • A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.
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  • It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
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  • nobody can hurt you without your permission.
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  • Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
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  • There is nothing on earth that I would not give up, excepting of course, two things and two things only, truth and nonviolence.
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  • There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
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  • We find so many people impatient to talk. All this talking can hardly be said to be of any benefit to the world. It is so much waste of time.
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  • It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one’s belly, in order to be able to save one’s head.
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  • The golden way is to be friends with the world and to regard the whole human family as one.
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  • I came alone in this world, I have walked alone in the valley of the shadow of death, and I shall quit alone when the time comes.
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  • They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
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  • A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
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  • Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.
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  • God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
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  • The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
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  • The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one’s opponent.
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  • What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.
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  • One, who abandons all desires, is free from pride and selfishness and behaves as one apart, finds peace.
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  • So far as I can see the atomic bomb has deadened the finest feeling that has sustained mankind for ages.
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  • Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.
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  • Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.
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  • There can be no knowledge without humility and the will to learn.
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  • Truth is one, paths are many.
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  • America aims at having a car for every citizen. I do not.
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  • Perfect nonviolence is difficult. It admits to no weakness.
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  • Friendship that insists upon agreement on all things isn’t worth the name.
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  • The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.
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  • Hate the sin, love the sinner.
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  • To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
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  • I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
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  • I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
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  • Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.
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  • I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours. I simply want to please my own conscience, which is God.
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  • Truth without humility would be an arrogant caricature.
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  • Nonviolence is impossible without humility.
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  • Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.
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  • Whether humanity will consciously follow the law of love, I do not know. But that need not disturb me. The law will work just as the law of gravitation works, whether we accept it or not.
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  • Full effort is full victory.
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  • When it is remembered that the primary aim of all education is, or should be, the moulding of the character of pupils, a teacher who has a character to keep need not lost heart.
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  • Faith is not a delicate flower which would wither under the slightest stormy weather. Faith is like the Himalaya mountains which cannot possibly change. No storm can possibly remove the Himalaya mountains from their foundations… And I want every one of you to cultivate that faith in God and religion.
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  • Distinguish between real needs and artificial wants and control the latter.
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  • Change yourself – you are in control.
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  • The dignity of man requires obedience to a higher law, to the strength of the spirit.
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  • Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
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  • I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.
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  • God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.
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  • Hatred ever kills, love never dies. Such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred.
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  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.
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  • Relationships are based on four principles: respect, understanding, acceptance and appreciation.
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  • Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.
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  • A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good he has done to his fellowmen.
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  • After becoming self-sufficient we shall use our spare time for the service of others. If all become self-sufficient, none will be in trouble.
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  • The human body is meant solely for service, never for indulgence. The secret of happy life lies in renunciation. Renunciation is life. Indulgence spells death.
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  • The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
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  • What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.
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  • Imitation is the sincerest flattery.
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  • Poverty is the worst form of violence.
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  • You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
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  • It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.
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  • Man will ever remain imperfect, and it will always be his part to try to be perfect.
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  • I believe that prayer is the very soul and essence of religion, and therefore prayer must be the very core of life of man, for no man can live without religion.
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  • Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
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  • The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or popular.
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  • Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views.
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  • A man of truth must also be a man of care.
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  • The difficulty one experiences in meeting himsa arises from weakness of mind.
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  • Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.
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  • If we were strong, self-respecting and not susceptible to frightfulness, the foreign rulers would have been powerless for mischief.
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  • Action expresses priorities.
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  • It is beyond my power to induce in you a belief in God. There are certain things which are self proved and certain which are not proved at all.
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  • It is weakness which breeds fear, and fear breeds distrust.
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  • Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
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  • For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
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  • The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.
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  • Good government is no substitute for self-government.
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  • Prayer is for remembering God, and for purifying the heart and can be offered even when observing silence.
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  • To die in the act of killing is, in essence, to die defeated.
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  • We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
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  • Men aspiring to be free can hardly think of enslaving others.
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  • Those who cannot renounce attachment to the results of their work are far from the path.
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  • Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.
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  • Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
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  • Some form of common worship and a common place of worship appear to be a human necessity.
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  • The wise are unaffected either by death or life. These are but faces of the same coin.
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  • We do not know whether it is good to live or to die. Therefore, we should not take delight in living, nor should we tremble at the thought of death. We should be equiminded towards death.
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  • The very first step in nonviolence is that we cultivate in our daily life, as between ourselves, truthfulness, humility, tolerance, loving kindness.
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  • All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.
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  • In true democracy every man and women is taught to think for himself or herself.
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  • Anger is the enemy of nonviolence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
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  • There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
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  • If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior.
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  • An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
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  • There is no need of a teacher for those who know how to think.
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  • It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.
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  • I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
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  • Independence means voluntary restraints and discipline, voluntary acceptance of the rule of law.
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  • A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
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  • An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
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  • There is no occasion for women to consider themselves subordinate or inferior to men.
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  • To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.
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  • Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
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  • When you are right, you have no need to be angry. When you are wrong, you have no right to be angry.
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  • A wise parent allows the children to make mistakes. It is good for them once in a while to burn their fingers.
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  • Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion.
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  • Human nature will find itself only when it fully realizes that to be human it has to cease to be beastly or brutal.
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  • Take care of this moment.
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  • Nonviolence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
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  • This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.
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  • I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice.
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  • My shyness has been in reality my shield and buckler. It has allowed me to grow. It has helped me in my discernment of truth.
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  • Doubt is invariably the result of want or weakness of faith.
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  • Unlike the animal, God has given man the faculty of reason.
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  • For me the voice of God, of Conscience, of Truth or the Inner Voice or ‘the still small Voice’ mean one and the same thing.
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  • Peace is its own reward.
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  • Man has always desired power. Ownership of property gives this power. Man hankers also after posthumous fame based on power.
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  • If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty.
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  • No man loses his freedom except through his own weakness.
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  • Every man has an equal right to the necessaries of life even as birds and beasts have.
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  • The golden rule to apply in all such cases is resolutely to refuse to have what millions cannot.
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  • Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
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  • Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.
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  • Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.
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  • He who would sacrifice his life for others has hardly time to reserve for himself a place in the sun.
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  • A weak man is just by accident. A strong but nonviolent man is unjust by accident.
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  • To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.
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  • There is no ‘way to peace’, there is only ‘peace’.
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  • I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him.
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  • Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.
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  • As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.
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  • If India is not to declare spiritual bankruptcy, religious instruction of its youth must be held to be at least as necessary as secular instruction.
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  • The cry for peace will be a cry in the wilderness, so long as the spirit of nonviolence does not dominate millions of men and women.
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  • If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.
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  • Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers.
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  • Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.
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  • For winning Swaraj one requires iron discipline.
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  • In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
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  • I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.
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  • The best way of losing a cause is to abuse your opponent and to trade upon his weakness.
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  • True beauty consists of purity of heart.
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  • Knowledge without character is a power for evil only, as seen in the instances of so many talented thieves and ‘gentlemen rascals’ in the world.
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  • To believe in something, and not live it, is dishonest.
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  • Faith becomes lame, when it ventures into matters pertaining to reason.
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  • To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
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  • There are two days in the year that we can not do anything – yesterday and tomorrow.
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  • I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
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  • A living faith in God means acceptance of the brotherhood of mankind.
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  • A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
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  • Craft, art, health and education should all be integrated into one scheme.
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  • It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
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  • If you take care of your immediate surroundings, the universe will take care of itself.
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  • Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.
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  • My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.
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  • Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
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  • You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
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  • We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.
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  • A courageous man prefers death to the surrender of self-respect.
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  • My life is dedicated to service of India through the religion of nonviolence which I believed to be the root of Hinduism.
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  • The good man is the friend of all living things.
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  • I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower animal world if we are superior to it.
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  • Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
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  • Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
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  • In judging myself I shall try to be as harsh as truth, as I want others also to be.
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  • The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.
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  • Hinduism insists on the brotherhood of not only all mankind but of all that lives.
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  • Study not man in his animal nature – man following the laws of the jungle – but study man in all his glory.
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  • Close the day with prayer so that you may have a peaceful night free from dreams and nightmares.
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  • Nothing has saddened me so much in life as the hardness of heart of educated people.
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  • The greater our innocence, the greater our strength and the swifter our victory.
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  • Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity.
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  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
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  • I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.
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  • Life is an aspiration. Its mission is to strive after perfection, which is self-realization. The ideal must not be lowered because of our weaknesses or imperfections.
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  • Non violence is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward. It is the weapon of the brave.
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  • What is Truth? A difficult question; but I have solved it for myself by saying that it is what the “voice within” tells you.
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  • Cow-slaughter and man-slaughter are in my opinion two sides of the same coin.
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  • What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror refection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.
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  • In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.
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  • Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.
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  • My faith is brightest in the midst of impenetrable darkness.
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  • If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
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  • Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
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  • Unless discipline is rooted in nonviolence, it might prove to be a source of infinite mischief.
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  • Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong, but of the weak.
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  • A man of few words will rarely be thoughtless in his speech; he will measure every word.
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  • Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.
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  • Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?
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  • A man who would interpret the scriptures must have the spiritual discipline.
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  • The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
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  • Nonviolence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
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  • Education must be of a new type for the sake of the creation of a new world.
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  • Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind.
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  • Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today.
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  • Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.
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  • To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness.
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  • First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. More info
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  • It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.
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  • The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
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  • The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
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  • Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.
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  • Life and death are but phases of the same thing, the reverse and obverse of the same coin. Death is as necessary for man’s growth as life itself.
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  • My religion is based on truth and nonviolence. Truth is my God. Nonviolence is the means of realising Him.
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  • Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
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  • It is the faith that steers us through stormy seas, faith that moves mountains and faith that jumps across the ocean.
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  • Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.
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  • If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.
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  • My life is my message.
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  • A leader is useless when he acts against the promptings of his own conscience.
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  • The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
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  • Each one prays to God according to his own light.
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  • Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
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  • I am a humble but very earnest seeker after truth.
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  • Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.
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  • I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
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  • A definite forgiveness would mean a definite recognition of our strength.
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  • Our first duty is that we should not be a burden on society, i.e., we should be self-dependent. From this point of view self-sufficiency itself is a kind of service.
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  • Literary training by itself adds not an inch to one’s moral height and that character-building is independent of literary training.
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  • No nation being under another nation can accept gifts, and kick at the responsibility attached to those gifts, imposed by the conquering nation.
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  • Not until we have reduced ourselves to nothingness can we conquer the evil in us. God demands nothing less than complete self-surrender as the price for the only real freedom that is worth having.
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  • True humility means most strenuous and constant endeavor entirely directed towards the service of humanity.
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  • When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such things as crawl upon earth.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. More info
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is an orderliness in the universe, there is an unalterable law governing everything and every being that exists or lives. It is no blind law; for no blind law can govern the conduct of living beings.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Do not judge others. Be your own judge and you will be truly happy. If you will try to judge others, you are likely to burn your fingers.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • An intellect that is developed through the medium of socially useful labour will be an instrument for service and will not easily be led astray or fall into devious paths.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • A democrat must be utterly selfless. He must think and dream not in terms of self or of party, but only of democracy.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The richest grace of ahimsa will descend easily upon the owner of hard discipline.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • What is imprisonment to the man who is fearless of death itself?
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The person who discovered the law of love was a far greater scientist than any of our modern scientists.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • In the midst of death life persists.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world; but to change ourselves.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Service without humility is selfishness and egotism.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The basis of my vegetarianism is not physical, but moral. If anybody said that I should die if I did not take beef tea or mutton, even on medical advice, I would prefer death. That is the basis of my vegetarianism.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The first condition of humaneness is a little humility and a little diffidence about the correctness of one’s conduct and a little receptiveness.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary, the evil it does is permanent.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Responsibility will mellow and sober the youth and prepare them, for the burden they must discharge.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • To lose patience is to lose the battle.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Hypocrisy and distortion are passing currents under the name of religion.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • But it is impossible for us to realize perfect truth so long as we are imprisoned in this mortal frame.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world but being able to remake ourselves.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is for you and me to show that no vice is inherent in man.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like him.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Faith… must be enforced by reason… when faith becomes blind it dies.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Satan’s successes are the greatest when he appears with the name of God on his lips.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Violence is a concession to human weakness, satyagraha is an obligation.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Only he can take great resolves who has indomitable faith in God and has fear of God.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Every person in a well-ordered state is fully conscious of both his responsibilities and his rights.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one’s own religion.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The students should be, above all, humble and correct… The greatest to remain great has to be the lowliest by choice.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The Swaraj of my dream recognizes no race or religious distinctions.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • If we weep for all the deaths in our country, the tears in our eyes would never dry.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. More info
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Prayer is a confession of one’s own unworthiness and weakness.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I consider myself a Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, and Confucian.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • If you want real peace in the world, start with children.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Truth, purity, self-control, firmness, fearlessness, humility, unity, peace, and renunciation – these are the inherent qualities of a civil resister.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • God’s word is: ‘He who strives never perishes’. I have implicit faith in that promise.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Self-respect knows no considerations.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Man is often weak-minded at times enough to be caught in the snare of greed and honeyed words.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Truth never damages a cause that is just.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Even if the paradise of material satisfactions, which they envisage as their final goal, were realize on earth, it would not bring mankind either contentment or peace.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The rich cannot accumulate wealth without the co-operation of the poor in society.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • It has often occurred to me that a seeker after Truth has to be silent.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Prayer needs no speech. It is in itself independent of any sensuous effort. But it must be combined with the utmost humility.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Cultivation of tolerance for other faiths will impart to us a truer understanding of our own.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • God has no religion.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Live simply so that others may simply live.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is more to life than increasing its speed.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • It’s my conviction that nothing enduring can be built on violence.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Speak only if it improves upon the silence.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I first learned the concepts of nonviolence in my marriage.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupation is exhilarating and life giving.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Find purpose. The means will follow.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • What barrier is there that love cannot break?
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • As food is necessary for the body, prayer is necessary for the soul.
    – Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi is revered the world over as one of history’s most transformative and inspirational figures. Throughout his life in South Africa and India, Gandhi was a fearless campaigner for the rights and dignity of all people, whose constant and unwavering promotion of non-violence as a tool to win over hearts and minds has forever left its mark on the world.

However, the man known today for his calm, courage and compassion in the face of oppression was not always comfortable before the crowds. Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Porbandar, India in 1869 — he was later nicknamed “Mahatma,” for “great soul” — the spiritual leader and father of Indian independence in fact suffered for much of his life from an acute fear of public speaking.

However, the man known today for his calm, courage and compassion in the face of oppression was not always comfortable before the crowds. Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Porbandar, India in 1869 — he was later nicknamed “Mahatma,” for “great soul” — the spiritual leader and father of Indian independence in fact suffered for much of his life from an acute fear of public speaking.

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