Mahatma Gandhi quotes and sayings
October 2, 1869
January 30, 1948
It is claimed for satyagraha that it is a complete substitute for violence or war.
The Gita has become for me the key to the scriptures of the world.
God chooses as His instrument the humblest and weakest of His creatures to fulfill Himself.
Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
What is impossible with man is child's play with God.
The Gita is not only my Bible and my Koran, it is more than that, it is my mother.
Knowledge and devotion, to be true, have to stand the test of renunciation of the fruits of action.
If you have faith in the cause and the means and in God, the hot sun will be cool for you.
Mass illiteracy is India's sin and shame and must be liquidated.
He who gives up action falls. He who gives up the reward rises. But renunciation of fruit in no way means indifference to the result.
Truth is one, paths are many.
I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won't presume to probe into the faults of others.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
Human language can but imperfectly describe God's ways. I am sensible of the fact that they are indescribable and inscrutable. But if mortal man will dare to describe them, he has no better medium than his own inarticulate speech.
Britain's success in the exploitation of non-European races raised the ambition of Bismarck and later Mussolini and others.
Character alone will have real effect on the masses.
Unlike the animal, God has given man the faculty of reason.
Painters and poets are obliged to exaggerate the proportions of their figures in order to give true perspective.
The man who coerces another not to eat fish commits more violence than he who eats it.
The Charkha, which is the embodiment of willing obedience and calm persistence, must therefore succeed before there is civil disobedience.
Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness.
I desire no honor if I have to conceal my religious beliefs in order to have it.
There is no 'way to peace,' there is only 'peace.
Is a civilization worth the name, which requires, for its existence the very doubtful prop of a racial legislation and a lynch law?
A full and candid admission of one's mistakes should make proof against its repetition.
God's time never stops.
Under ideal conditions, the barrister and the bhangi should both get the same payment.
You can judge a society by the way it treats it's animals.
It is easy enough to say, I do not believe in God. For God permits all things to be said of Him with impunity. he looks at our acts. And any breach of His Law carries with it, not its vindictive, but it purifying, compelling punishment.
No people have risen who thought only of rights. Only those did so who thought of duties.
Swaraj for me means freedom for the meanest of countrymen.
No sacrifice is worth the name unless it is a joy. Sacrifice and a long face go ill together. Sacrifice is 'making sacred'. He must be a poor specimen of humanity who is in need of sympathy for his sacrifice.
Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.
My uniform experience has convinced me that there is no other God than Truth.
There being no absolute and universal standard of right, terrorism must be held to be wrong in every case.
Almost anything you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
It Is possible to live in peace.
The renunciation of the Gita is the acid test of faith.
Ahimsa is not a matter of mere dietetics: it transcends it.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
With me the connection between the cosmic phenomena and human behavior is a living faith that draws me nearer to God, humbles me and makes me readier for facing Him.
I own no property and yet I feel that I am perhaps the richest man in the world.
H. G. Wells was not the only one to mention Churchill and Hitler in the same breath: "Churchill and Hitler are striving to change the nature of their respective countrymen by forcing and hammering violent methods on them. Man may be suppressed in this manner but he cannot be changed. Ahimsa non-violence in the Hindu tradition, on the other hand, can change human nature and sooner than men like Churchill and Hitler.".
In Hinduism we have got an admirable foot-rule to measure every shastra and every rule of conduct, and that is truth.
It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?
The man who eats to live, who is friends with the five powers - earth, water, ether, sun and air - who is a servant of God, the Creator of all these, ought not to fall ill.
One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.
Fasting and prayer are common injunctions in my religion.
I do not want my house to be rounded by walls and my windows to be closed to other cultures. I wish to become familiar with the culture of lands as much as possible but I will not permit them to affect me or shake me from my own status.
I have endeavored to show that there is no real service of humanity in the profession of medicine and that it is injurious to mankind.
A fear-stricken person can never know God, and one who knows God will never fear a mortal man.
Your character must be above suspicion and you must be truthful and self-controlled.
The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
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.
No sophistry, no jugglery in figures can explain away the evidence that the skeletons in many villages present to the naked eye.
Not to believe in the possibility of permanent peace is to disbelieve in the Godliness of human nature.
Man has reason, discrimination and free-will such as it is. The brute has no such thing. It is not a free agent, and knows no distinction between virtue and vice, good and evil. Man, being a free agent, knows these distinctions, and when he follows his higher nature, shows himself far superior to the brute, but when he follows his baser nature can show himself lower than the brute.
What is a war criminal? Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and, therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered, and conducted wars, war criminals? War criminals are not confined to the Axis Powers alone. Roosevelt and Churchill are no less war criminals than Hitler and Mussolini. England, America and Russia have all of them got their hands dyed more or less red - not merely Germany and Japan.
You cannot cure a lesser evil by a greater evil.
Reason has to be strengthened by suffering, and suffering opens the eyes of understanding.
If we develop the force of will, we shall find that we do not need the force of arms.
Freedom of worship, even of public speech, would become a farce if interference became the order of the day.
Do not concentrate on showing the misdeeds of the government, for we have to convert and befriend those who run it.
Prayer is an impossibility without a living faith in the presence of God within.
Non-violence ... is the only thing that the atom bomb cannot destroy. I did not move a muscle when I first heard that the atom bomb had wiped out Hiroshima. On the contrary, I said to myself, Unless now the world adopts non-violence, it will spell certain suicide for mankind.
God answers prayer in His own way, not ours.
To forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in spite of the vivid knowledge that one that must be loved is not a friend. There is not merit in loving an enemy when you forget him for a friend.
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.
To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
A man of truth must also be a man of care.
Honesty is incompatible with amassing a large fortune.
I call myself a Sanatani Eternal Hindu, because I believe in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas, and all that goes by the name of Hindu scripture, and therefore in avataras and rebirth.
The strength to kill is not essential for self-defense; one ought to have the strength to die. When a man is fully ready to die, he will not even desire to offer violence. Indeed, I may put it down as a self-evident proposition that the desire to kill is in inverse proportion to the desire to die. And history is replete with instances of men who by dying with courage and compassion on their lips converted the hearts of their violent opponents.
The essence of a vow does not consist in the difficulty of its performance but in the determination behind it unflinchingly to stick to it in the teeth of difficulties.
For my own part, I do not want the freedom of India if it means extinction of English or the disappearance of Englishmen.
My idea of society is that while we are born equal, meaning that we have a right to equal opportunity, all have not the same capacity.
Nonviolence is a universal principle and its operation is not limited by a hostile environment.
I shall, of course, die with nonviolence on my lips.
Three quarters of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world would finish if people were to put on the shoes of their adversaries and understood their points of view.
Faith is not a delicate flower which would wither away under the slightest stormy weather.
The message of Jesus has proved ineffective because the environment was unready to receive it.
In the very act of my non-co-operation, I am seeking their co-operation in my campaign.
If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children; and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won't have to struggle; we won't have to pass fruitless idle resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which consciously or unconsciously the whole world is hungering.
Civil disobedience and excitement and intoxication go ill together.
Those with the greatest awareness have the greatest nightmares.
Ahimsa is the eradication of the desire to injure or to kill.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ezra Taft Benson
Henry B. Eyring
Charles de Gaulle
Otto von Bismarck
John le Carre
James Howard Kunstler
John of Kronstadt
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