Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

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

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”

“Where there is love there is life.”

“Seven Deadly Sins

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”

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

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”

“God has no religion.”

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

“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.”

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

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

“The future depends on what you do today.”

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, 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.”

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

– I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
– I shall fear only God.
– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
– I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

“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 in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

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

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”

“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.”

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”

“Action expresses priorities.”

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”

“You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.”

“My Life is My Message”

“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. ”

“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.”

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
“Truth is one, paths are many.”

“I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.”

“In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.”

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”

“There is no ‘way to peace,’ there is only ‘peace.”

“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.”

“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.”

“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”

“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles.”

“They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.”

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?”

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

“If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.”

“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”

“Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity.”

“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 than the one derived from fear of punishment.”

“Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.”

“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

“It is easier to build a boy than to mend a man.”

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

“The expert knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing.”

“I came to the conclusion long ago that all religions were true and that also that all had some error in them, and while I hold by my own religion, I should hold other religions as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we were Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu; but our innermost prayer should be that a Hindu should become a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, and a Christian a better Christian.”

“Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.”

“Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.”

“I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.”

“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.”

“I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.”

“There is force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.”

“When every hope is gone, ‘when helpers fail and comforts flee,’ I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.”

“I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life.”

“I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.”

“The path is the goal.”
“There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.”

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

“Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.”

“The inner voice is something which cannot be described in words. But sometimes we have a positive feeling that something in us prompts us to do a certain thing. The time when I learnt to recognise this voice was, I may say, the time when I started praying regularly.”

“What barrier is there that love cannot break?”

“There is no such thing as ‘too insane’ unless others turn up dead due to your actions.”

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

“Fearlessness is the first requisite of spirituality. Cowards can never be moral.”

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.”

“Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.”

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”

“Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents never revenges itself.”

“They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then they will have my dead body, but not my obedience.”

“Live simply so that others may simply live.”

“It is good to see ourselves as others see us. Try as we may, we are never
able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us. This we can do only if we are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart whatever they might have to say.”

“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.”

“Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.”
“Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there,
and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.”

“Nothing has saddened me so much in life as the hardness of heart of educated people.”

“I should love to satisfy all, if I possibly can; but in trying to satisfy all, I may be able to satisfy none. I have, therefore, arrived at the conclusion that the best course is to satisfy one’s own conscience and leave the world to form its own judgment, favorable or otherwise.”

“Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle, and a victory.”

“Wherever you are you will always be in my heart.”

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.”

“Where love is, there God is also.”

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.”

“The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of truth.”

“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”

“Everyone holds a piece of the truth.”

“The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.”

“I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.”

“To believe that what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.”

“Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them-a desire, a dream, a vision.”

“True beauty lies in purity of the heart.”

“Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.”

“The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall always see Truth in fragment and from different points of vision.”

“I may be a despicable person, but when Truth speaks through me I am
invincible.”

“There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid.”

“It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.”

“I become more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of Hussein, the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers and his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle.”

“Do not worry in the least about yourself, leave all worry to God,’ – this appears to be the commandment in all religions.”

“If you don’t find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.”

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

“Hatred can be overcome only by love. ”

“You yourself as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve love and affection.”

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”

“The various religions are like different roads converging on the same point.
What difference does it make if we follow different routes, provided we arrive at the same destination?”

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way in which its animals are treated.”

“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.”

“Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”

“Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or loneliness. It consists in daring to do the right thing and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds not words.”

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. ”

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

“Whatever you do in life will be insignificant … but it is very important that you do it anyway”

“If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly.”

“The more efficient a force is, the more silent and the more subtle it is.”

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”

“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.”

“One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole”

“Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong, but of the weak.”

“A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.”

“Where there is fear there is no religion.”

“All your scholarship would be in vain if at the same time you do not build your character and attain mastery over your thoughts and your actions.”

“Sacrifice is joy.”

“As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.”

“Behaviour is the mirror in which we can display our image.”

“There’s no God higher than truth.”

“I shall die, but I will not kill.”

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

“It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone”

“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”

“Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew.”

“My effort should never be to undermine another’s faith but to make him a better follower of his own faith.”
“One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.”

“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”

“I offer you peace.
I offer you love.
I offer you friendship.
I see your beauty.
I hear your need.
I feel your feelings.
My wisdom flows from the highest Source.
I salute that Source in you.
Let us work together. For unity and peace.”

“Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause.”

“Love is the strongest force the world possesses.”

“Truth has drawn me into the field of politics; and I can say without the slightest hesitation, and yet in all humility, that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.”

“An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind.”

“A thousand candles can be lighted from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself.”

“Civilization is the encouragement of differences.”

“Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.”

“Intellect takes us along in the battle of life to a certain limit, but at the crucial moment it fails us. Faith transcends reason. It is when the horizon is the darkest and human reason is beaten down to the ground that faith shines brightest and comes to our rescue.”

“I crave to die with my hand at the spinning wheel.”

“You can’t lead a true life without suffering”

“The future depends on what we do in the present.”

“Hatred ever kills, love never dies. Such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred.”

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.”

“Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.”

“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.”

“Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.”

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