Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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Born: 1869-10-02, Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire[1]
Birth Country: British India (now India)
Died: New Delhi, India, 1948-01-30

1.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love it is the prerogative of the brave.
- Mahatma Gandhi

2.
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

3.
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

4.
A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.
- Mahatma Gandhi

5.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
- Mahatma Gandhi

6.
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

7.
All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.
- Mahatma Gandhi

8.
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
- Mahatma Gandhi

9.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
- Mahatma Gandhi

10.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
- Mahatma Gandhi

11.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
- Mahatma Gandhi

12.
Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
- Mahatma Gandhi

13.
Are creeds such simple things like the clothes which a man can change at will and put on at will? Creeds are such for which people live for ages and ages.
- Mahatma Gandhi

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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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

15.
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

16.
But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.
- Mahatma Gandhi

17.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

18.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
- Mahatma Gandhi

19.
Each one prays to God according to his own light.
- Mahatma Gandhi

20.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
- Mahatma Gandhi

21.
Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
- Mahatma Gandhi

22.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
- Mahatma Gandhi

23.
Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies.
- Mahatma Gandhi

24.
Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
- Mahatma Gandhi

25.
Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.
- Mahatma Gandhi

26.
Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?
- Mahatma Gandhi

27.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
- Mahatma Gandhi

28.
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
- Mahatma Gandhi

29.
God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
- Mahatma Gandhi

30.
God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.
- Mahatma Gandhi

31.
God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.
- Mahatma Gandhi

32.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
- Mahatma Gandhi

33.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
- Mahatma Gandhi

34.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
- Mahatma Gandhi

35.
I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

36.
I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.
- Mahatma Gandhi

37.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

38.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

39.
I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence 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

40.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

41.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
- Mahatma Gandhi

42.
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

43.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary the evil it does is permanent.
- Mahatma Gandhi

44.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles but today it means getting along with people.
- Mahatma Gandhi

45.
I will far rather see the race of man extinct than that we should become less than beasts by making the noblest of God's creation, woman, the object of our lust.
- Mahatma Gandhi

46.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mahatma Gandhi

47.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

48.
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

49.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

50.
Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands.
- Mahatma Gandhi

51.
Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause.
- Mahatma Gandhi

52.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

53.
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
- Mahatma Gandhi

54.
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
- Mahatma Gandhi

55.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

56.
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
- Mahatma Gandhi

57.
It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
- Mahatma Gandhi

58.
It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
- Mahatma Gandhi

59.
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

60.
Just as a man would not cherish living in a body other than his own, so do nations not like to live under other nations, however noble and great the latter may be.
- Mahatma Gandhi

61.
Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
- Mahatma Gandhi

62.
Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.
- Mahatma Gandhi

63.
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
- Mahatma Gandhi

64.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Gandhi

65.
Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mahatma Gandhi

66.
Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
- Mahatma Gandhi

67.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

68.
Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
- Mahatma Gandhi

69.
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

70.
Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment.
- Mahatma Gandhi

71.
Morality is contraband in war.
- Mahatma Gandhi

72.
Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
- Mahatma Gandhi

73.
My life is my message.
- Mahatma Gandhi

74.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
- Mahatma Gandhi

75.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Mahatma Gandhi

76.
Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
- Mahatma Gandhi

77.
Non-violence is the article of faith.
- Mahatma Gandhi

78.
Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
- Mahatma Gandhi

79.
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mahatma Gandhi

80.
One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else's.
- Mahatma Gandhi

81.
Only he can take great resolves who has indomitable faith in God and has fear of God.
- Mahatma Gandhi

82.
Peace is its own reward.
- Mahatma Gandhi

83.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
- Mahatma Gandhi

84.
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
- Mahatma Gandhi

85.
Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.
- Mahatma Gandhi

86.
Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one's own religion.
- Mahatma Gandhi

87.
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

88.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
- Mahatma Gandhi

89.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
- Mahatma Gandhi

90.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mahatma Gandhi

91.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
- Mahatma Gandhi

92.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

93.
The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mahatma Gandhi

94.
The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
- Mahatma Gandhi

95.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Mahatma Gandhi

96.
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
- Mahatma Gandhi

97.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
- Mahatma Gandhi

98.
There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.
- Mahatma Gandhi

99.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

100.
Those who know how to think need no teachers.
- Mahatma Gandhi

101.
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
- Mahatma Gandhi

102.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

103.
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
- Mahatma Gandhi

104.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
- Mahatma Gandhi

105.
Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
- Mahatma Gandhi

106.
Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.
- Mahatma Gandhi

107.
Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.
- Mahatma Gandhi

108.
Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
- Mahatma Gandhi

109.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

110.
What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.
- Mahatma Gandhi

111.
What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.
- Mahatma Gandhi

112.
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

113.
When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.
- Mahatma Gandhi

114.
Where love is, there God is also.
- Mahatma Gandhi

115.
Where there is love there is life.
- Mahatma Gandhi

116.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

117.
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.
- Mahatma Gandhi

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