Mohandas K. Gandhi

(Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)

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

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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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...I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and his own mission. These, and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every trouble Religion & God
A peasant earns his bread honestly. He has ordinary knowledge of thc world. He knows fairly well how he should behave …. He understands and observes the rules of morality. But he Cannot write his own name. What do you propose to do by giving him a knowledge of letters? Will you add an inch to his happiness …. Our ancient school system is enough …. We consider your schools to be useless. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A starving man thinks first of satisfying his hunger before anything else. He will sell his liberty and all for the sake of getting a morsel of food. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
About this mixing of the Kaffirs with the Indians, I must confess I feel most strongly. I think it is very unfair to the Indian population, and it is an undue tax on even the proverbial patience of my countrymen. Discrimination & Prejudice
All amassing of wealth or hoarding of wealth above and beyond one's legitimate needs is theft. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
An eye for any eye makes the whole world blind. Justice & Injustice
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for a breach is more so. Justice & Injustice
As in law so in war, the longest purse finally wins. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
By sheer force of a vicious custom even the most ignorant and worthless of men have been enjoying a superiority [over women] which they do not deserve and ought not to have. Discrimination & Prejudice
Capital as such is not evil. It is its wrong use that is evil. Capital, in some form or other, will always be needed. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Social Sciences
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. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Democracy is not a state in which people act like sheep. Under democracy individual liberty of opinion and action is jealously guarded ... Democracies & Republics
Die fearlessly at the hands of your neighbors without fighting back to shame Muslims by your moral example.. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Disobedience to be "civil" must be sincere, respectful, restrained, never defiant, and it must have no ill-will or hatred behind it. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Dissociate yourselves from the satanic administration, and you will bring it to its knees. You will not have to lift a finger, let alone a stick or stone. Freedom & Liberty
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed Public Works & Natural Resources
Fair means alone can produce fair results. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. And then you win. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Freedom and slavery are mental states. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
His Majesty had on enough clothes for the both of us. Discrimination & Prejudice
I am prepared to die but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I believe cunning is not only morally wrong but also politically inexpedient, and have therefore always discontinued its use, even from a practical standpoint. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I believe in the fundamental Truth of all the great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God given. I came to the conclusion long ago … that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu … But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian. Religion & God
I have observed that voluntary workers are apt to behave as if they are not bound to render a detailed account of the business or monies with which they are entrusted because, like Caesar's wife, they are above suspicion. This is sheer nonsense. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
If blood is to be shed, let it be our blood ... For man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hand of his brother, never by killing him. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If India wants her bloodbath, she shall have it. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In this world good books make up for the absence of good companions, so that all Indians, if they want to live happily in jail, should accustom themselves to reading good books. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
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. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Capitalism
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. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is quite proper to resist and attack a system, but to resist and attack its author is tantamount to resisting and attacking oneself. For we are all tarred with the same brush and are children of one and the same Creator. Miscellaneous
It would be a good idea. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. War & Peace
Men say that I am a saint losing myself in politics. The fact is that I am a politician trying my hardest to be a saint. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Non-violence implies voluntary submission to the penalty for non-cooperation with evil. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
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 very being. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. Miscellaneous
Only God gives encouragement, not kings. Miscellaneous
Only the will is often wanting. Miscellaneous
Satan’s successes are the greatest when he appears with the name of God on his lips. Religion & God
Self-government can only be had by brave and clean people. Freedom & Liberty
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
So long as a minority conforms to the majority, it is not even a minority. Minorities & Women
Some of the [Indian] national [sanitation] habits are beyond description, and yet so ingrained as to defy all human effort [to reform.] Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The British government in India constitutes a struggle between the Modern Civilization, which is the Kingdom of Satan, and the Ancient Civilization, which is the kingdom of God. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The foundation of our movement rests on complete non-violence, whereas violence is the final refuge of the Government. And as no energy can be created without resistance, our nonresistance to Government violence must bring the latter to a standstill. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motive. Religion & God
The seven blunders that human society commits and cause all the violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principles Miscellaneous
The sword is too much in evidence among Mussalmans [Muslims]. It must be sheathed if Islam is to be what it means—peace. Religion & God
The willing sacrifice of the innocent is the most powerful answer to insolent tyranny that has yet been conceived by God or man. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, and politics without principle. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
There will be no lasting peace on earth unless we learn not merely to tolerate but even to respect the other faiths as our own. Religion & God
Throughout the history of mankind there have been murderers and tyrants; and while it may seem momentarily that they have the upper hand, they have always fallen. Always. Miscellaneous ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
To a man with an empty stomach food is God. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Unless now the world adopts nonviolence, it will spell certain suicide for mankind. War & Peace
Untouchables are treated as if less than beasts …. Untouchability for me is more insufferable than British rule. If Hinduism hugs Untouchability, then Hinduism is dead and gone. Discrimination & Prejudice
Wake up from sleep. Discard foreign cloth. Discard narcotics. Discard violence. Defy all orders calculated to crush the national spirit. Miscellaneous
We deeply deplore the recent acts of lawlessness and violence that have brought utmost disgrace to the fair name of India and the greatest misery to innocent people, irrespective of who were the aggressors and who were the victims. We denounce for all time the use of force to achieve political ends and we call upon all the communities in India, to whatever persuasion they may belong, not only to refrain from all acts of violence and disorder but also to avoid, both in speech and in writing, any incitement to such acts. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
We do not want the bread made of wheat. We want the bread of liberty. Freedom & Liberty
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 & Peace
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. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When a respectable minority objects to any rule of conduct, it would be dignified for the majority ... to yield.... Numerical strength savors of violence when it acts in total disregard of any strongly felt opinion of the minority. Minorities & Women
With each day, I realize more and more that my mahatmaship, which is mere adornment, depends on others. I have shown with the glory borrowed from my innumerable coworkers. Miscellaneous
You must face the bloodbath and accept it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising