November 30, 2016

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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

“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.”

“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.”

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”

“A No uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a Yes merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.”

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

“A non-violent revolution is not a program of seizure of power. It is a program of transformation of relationships, ending in a peaceful transfer of power.”

“A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.”

“A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.”

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

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

“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.”

“A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.”

“Action expresses priorities.”

“Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.”

“Ahimsa is the attribute of the soul, and therefore, to be practiced by everybody in all affairs of life. If it cannot be practiced in all departments, it has no practical value.”

“All business depends upon men fulfilling their responsibilities.”

“All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.”

“All crime is a kind of disease and should be treated as such.”

“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.”

“All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.”

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

“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.”

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

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

“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.”

“Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.”

“Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth.”

“But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.”

“Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.”

“Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion.”

“Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.”

“Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.”

“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.”

“Cowards can never be moral.”

“Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.”

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

“Each one prays to God according to his own light.”

“Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”

“Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.”

“Every Hindu boy and girl should possess sound Sanskrit learning.”

“Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.”

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

“Faith… must be enforced by reason… when faith becomes blind it dies.”

“Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.”

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

“For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.”

“Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?”

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.”

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

“Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”

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

“God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.”

“Good government is no substitute for self-government.”

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

“Hate the sin and not the sinner is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world.”

“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

“Hatred can be overcome only by love.”

“Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.”

“Hitler killed five million Jews. It is the greatest crime of our time. But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs. As it is, they succumbed anyway in their millions.”

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.”

“I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.”

“I am a Hindu by birth. And yet I do not know much of Hinduism, and I know less of other religions. In fact I do not know where I am, and what is and what should be my belief. I intend to make a careful study of my own religion and, as far as I can, of other religions as well.”

“I am an uncompromising opponent of violent methods even to serve the noblest of causes.”

“I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“I do not like the word tolerance, but could not think of a better one. Tolerance may imply a gratuitous assumption of the inferiority of other faiths to one’s own, whereas ahirhsa teaches us to entertain the same respect for the religious faiths of others as we accord to our own, thus admitting the imperfection of the latter.”

“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.”

“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.”

“I eat to live, to serve, and also, if it so happens, to enjoy, but I do not eat for the sake of enjoyment.”

“I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.”

“I have known many meat eaters to be far more nonviolent than vegetarians.”

“I have known many meat eaters to be far more non-violent than vegetarians.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

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

“I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace.”

“I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.”

“I saw that bad handwriting should be regarded as a sign of an imperfect education.”

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

“If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours. I simply want to please my own conscience, which is God.”

“Imitation is the sincerest flattery.”

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

“In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

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

“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.”

“Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.”

“Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.”

“Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.”

“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.”

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

“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 difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune.”

“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 health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”

“It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.”

“It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.”

“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.”

“Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.”

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

“Love is the law of life.”

“Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”

“Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.”

“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”

“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.”

“Mental violence has no potency and injures only the person whose thoughts are violent. It is otherwise with mental nonviolence. It has potency which the world does not yet know.”

“Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupation is exhilarating and life giving.”

“Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.”

“Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.”

“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.”

“My life is my message.”

“My nonviolence does not admit of running away from danger and leaving dear ones unprotected. Between violence and cowardly flight, I can only prefer violence to cowardice. I can no more preach nonviolence to a coward than I can tempt a blind man to enjoy healthy scenes.”

“My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest should have the same opportunity as the strongest. This can never happen except through non-violence.”

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

“Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.”

“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 being.”

“Non-violence is the article of faith.”

“Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.”

“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.”

“Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.”

“Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and in-human to impose the Jews on the Arabs.”

“Patience means self-suffering.”

“Peace is its own reward.”

“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.”

“Prayer is a confession of one’s own unworthiness and weakness.”

“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.”

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

“Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.”

“Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible.”

“Rationalists are admirable beings, rationalism is a hideous monster when it claims for itself omnipotence. Attribution of omnipotence to reason is as bad a piece of idolatry as is worship of stock and stone believing it to be God. I plead not for the suppression of reason, but for a due recognition of that in us which sanctifies reason.”

“Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one’s own religion.”

“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.”

“Self-respect knows no considerations.”

“Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.”

“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.”

“Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.”

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

“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.”

“That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.”

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

“The Bible is as much a book of religion with me as the Gita and the Koran.”

“The control of the palate is a valuable aid for the control of the mind.”

“The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not for every man’s greed.”

“The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.”

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

“The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.”

“The mantram becomes one’s staff of life and carries one through every ordeal. Each repetition has a new meaning, carrying you nearer and nearer to God.”

“The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. He frees himself and shows the way to others. Freedom and slavery are mental states.”

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

“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 pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one’s opponent.”

“The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.”

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

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

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.”

“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”

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

“There is no god higher than truth.”

“There is no love where there is no will.”

“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 may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me-then they will have my dead body, not my obedience.”

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

“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.”

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

“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.”

“To run away from danger, instead of facing it, is to deny one’s faith in man and God, even one’s own self. It were better for one to drown oneself than live to declare such bankruptcy of faith.”

“Today I know that physical training should have as much place in the curriculum as mental training.”

“Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth.”

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

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

“Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.”

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

“We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.”

“We need to be the change we wish to see in the world.”

“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.”

“Whatever the ultimate fate of my country, my love for you remains, and will remain, undiminished. My non-violence demands universal love, and you are not a small part of it. It is that love which has prompted my appeal to you.”

“Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.”

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

“When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.”

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

“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.”

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways 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.”

“When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.”

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

“Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.”

“Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something. You disturb the air as you go forward, you disturb the dust, the ground. You trample upon things. When a whole society moves forward, this trampling is on a much bigger scale; and each thing that you disturb, each vested interest which you want to remove, stands as an obstacle.”

“Where love is, there God is also.”

“Where there is love there is life.”

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

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

“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.”