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Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi

  • Indian leader
  • Born October 2, 1869
  • Died January 30, 1948

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (; Hindustani: [ˈmoːɦənd̪aːs ˈkərəmtʃənd̪ ˈɡaːnd̪ʱi] ( listen); 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā (Sanskrit: "high-souled", "venerable")—applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa—is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu (Gujarati: endearment for father, papa) and Gandhi ji, and unofficially known as the Father of the Nation.


I know, to banish anger altogether from one's breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God's grace.




You must be the change you wish to see in the world.


Where there is love there is life.


Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.


What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.




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.


Poverty is the worst form of violence.




Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment.


Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.


Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.




Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.


We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.


God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.




When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.


I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.




Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.




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.




All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.




As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves.


The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless.




If a man reaches the heart of his own religion, he has reached the heart of the others, too. There is only one God, and there are many paths to him.




Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.




It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.


Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.


A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.




First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.


We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.


Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.




The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.




Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.

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