Mahatma Gandhi

political and spiritual leader during India's struggle with Great Britain for home rule; an advocate of passive resistance (1869-1948)

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A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
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.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
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.
One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
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.
I think it would be a good idea.
I want freedom for the full expression on my personality.
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
The future depends on what we do in the present.
There is more to life than increasing its speed
We must become the change we want to see.
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.
You must be the change you want to see in the world.
Where there is love there is life.
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Live simply that others may simply live.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace.
The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
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
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.
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.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Change yourself – you are in control.”
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 object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.
In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.
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.
Indolence is a delightful but distressing state we must be doing something to be happy.
Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy.
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.
N.B. This quote refers to the British disarmament of the Indian Army. Gandhi never advocated the individual right to bear arms.
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.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.
To conceal ignorance is to increase it. An honest confession of it, however, gives ground for the hope that it will diminish some day or the other.
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

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