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Quotes of the day: Mohandas Gandhi

Published Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 6:52 AM EST
Jan 30 2014

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: "high-souled," "venerable")—applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa,—is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu (Gujarati: endearment for "father," "papa.") in India. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A convert's enthusiasm for his new religion is greater than that of a person who is born in it.

A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.

A man of truth must also be a man of care.

All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.

An unjust law is itself a species of violence.

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal, and not in reaching it.

Good government is no substitute for self-government.

Good travels at a snail's pace. Those who want to do good are not selfish, they are not in a hurry, they know that to impregnate people with good requires a long time.

I hold that democracy cannot be evolved by forcible methods. The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him.

In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence. Violence is any day preferable to impotence. There is hope for a violent man to become non-violent. There is no such hope for the impotent.

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.

I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours.

Jealousy does not wait for reasons.

Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.

Man easily capitulates when sin is presented in the garb of virtue.

My faith is brightest in the midst of impenetrable darkness.

Nonviolence should never be used as a shield for cowardice. It is a weapon for the brave.

Nothing is impossible for pure love.

Poverty is the worst kind of violence.

Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarreling?

Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.

Selfishness is blind.

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.

So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him.

Strength of numbers is the delight of the timid. The valiant in spirit glory in fighting alone.

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.

The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but not for every man's greed.

The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy. That State is the best governed which is governed the least.

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.

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

To befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.

To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman

Truth never damages a cause that is just.

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

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 and democracy?

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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