Mahatma Gandhi

(Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Born: October 2, 1869
  • Died: January 30, 1948
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Profession: Lawyer, Politician, Activist, Writer









Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā (Sanskrit: "high-souled", "venerable") – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu (Gujarati: endearment for father, papa) and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.

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A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal. Policy & Policy Making
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. Freedom & Liberty
Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men. Welfare
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Poverty is the worst form of violence. Poverty
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Power
Truth never damages a cause that is just. Truth ;Scandals
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
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 the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
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. Religion & God
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. History ;Religion & God
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. Religion & God
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.
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 the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth. 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. History
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. War & Peace
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 and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
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. Religion & God
But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac. Religion & God
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.
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. Life
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. War & Peace
Each one prays to God according to his own light. Religion & God
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. Truth
Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent. Religion & God
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. Religion & God
Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies. Religion & God
Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith. Religion & God ;Death
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? Life ;Freedom & Liberty
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion. Religion & God
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it.
God cannot be realized through the intellect. Intellect can lead one to a certain extent and no further. It is a matter of faith and experience derived from that faith. Religion & God
God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained. Truth ;Religion & God
God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless. Religion & God
God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us. Truth ;Religion & God
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Happiness & Unhappiness
He is lost who is possessed by carnal desire.
Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
I am a humble but very earnest seeker after truth. Truth
I am in the world feeling my way to light 'amid the encircling gloom.'
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. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world. Truth
I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.
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. Society
I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough in me to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
I did once seriously think of embracing the Christian faith. The gentle figure of Christ, so full of forgiveness that he taught his followers not to retaliate when abused or struck, but to turn the other cheek - I thought it was a beautiful example of the perfect man. Religion & God
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Future ;Religion & God
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 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. Truth
I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice.
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. Religion & God
I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won't presume to probe into the faults of others.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. Time ;Leaders & Leadership
I think it is the height of ignorance to believe that the sexual act is an independent function necessary like sleeping or eating. Seeing, therefore, that I did not desire more children, I began to strive after self-control. There was endless difficulty in the task.
I took the vow of celibacy in 1906. I had not shared my thoughts with my wife until then, but only consulted her at the time of making the vow. She had no objection. Time
I wear the national dress because it is the most natural and the most becoming for an Indian.
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. Religion & God
I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.
If a man reaches the heart of his own religion, he has reached the heart of the others, too. There is only one God, and there are many paths to him. Religion & God
If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide. Humor
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. Time ;Religion & God ;Patience
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. War & Peace
In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Inspiration
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.
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. Religion & God
Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.
Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. Religion & God
Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one's belly, in order to be able to save one's head.
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. Religion & God ;Business, Commerce & Finance
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
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. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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.
It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?
Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians - you are not like him. Religion & God
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.
Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Life
Let not the 12 million Negroes be ashamed of the fact that they are the grandchildren of slaves. There is dishonor in being slave-owners.
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom. Death
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her. Nature
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. Happiness & Unhappiness
Man is supposed to be the maker of his destiny. It is only partly true. He can make his destiny, only in so far as he is allowed by the Great Power. Power
Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature
Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment. Society
Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.
Morality is contraband in war. War & Peace
Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality. Truth
Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.
My life is my message. Life
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him. Truth ;Religion & God
My religion teaches me that whenever there is distress which one cannot remove, one must fast and pray. Religion & God
Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.
No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another. Truth
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. Religion & God
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed. Religion & God ;War & Peace
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. Religion & God
Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else's. Religion & God
Only he can take great resolves who has indomitable faith in God and has fear of God. Religion & God
Ours is one continued struggle against degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the European, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir, whose occupation is hunting and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness. Life
Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French.
Partition is bad. But whatever is past is past. We have only to look to the future. Future
Peace is its own reward. War & Peace
Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness.
Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
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. Morning ;Religion & God
Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.
Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one's own religion. Religion & God
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. Life ;Religion & God
Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
Self-respect knows no considerations.
Sense perceptions can be and often are false and deceptive, however real they may appear to us. Where there is realization outside the senses, it is infallible. It is proved not by extraneous evidence but in the transformed conduct and character of those who have felt the real presence of God within. Religion & God
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.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul. Relationships
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
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 difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
The good man is the friend of all living things. Nature
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 law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless.
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. Life
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 voice within.
The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent. Truth
The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
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. Religion & God
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 an orderliness in the universe, there is an unalterable law governing everything and every being that exists or lives. It is no blind law; for no blind law can govern the conduct of living beings.
There is more to life than increasing its speed. Life
There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.
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. Religion & God
Those who know how to think need no teachers. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. Religion & God ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all.
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. Life
To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear. Truth ;Nature
Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained. Truth
Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience. Religion & God
Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself. Freedom & Liberty
Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point. History
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 may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.
We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.
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. Nature
We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
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 or democracy?
What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.
What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope. Hope
Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. Religion & God
When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.
Where love is, there God is also. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Where there is love there is life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
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. Society ;Religion & God