Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 - January 30, 1948) was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer and perfector of Satyagraha - resistance through mass civil disobedience strongly founded upon ahimsa (total non-violence). Gandhi is commonly known and addressed in India and across the world as Mahatma Gandhi (from Sanskrit, Mahatma: Great Soul) and as Bapu (in many Indian languages, Father). more

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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
Faith must be enforced by reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Where there is love there is life.
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.
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.
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.
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.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else.
If you don't ask, you don't get.
There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.
Patience means self-suffering.
Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness.
To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
Those who know how to think need no teachers.
Hatred can be overcome only by love.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
God comes to the hungry in the form of food.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problem.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave. His fetters fall... freedom and slavery are mental states.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
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.
Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.
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.
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.
Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.
live as if your were to die tomorrow. learn as if you were to live forever.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.
I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.
The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.
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.
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
Must I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.
Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
I claim to be an average man of less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
Cowards can never be moral.
We must become the change we want to see.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
Non-violence 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 very being.
Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.