Mohandas Gandhi Quotes

"My life is my message."

"Fear has its use but cowardice has none."

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

"Nobody can hurt me without my permission."

"No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive."

"Be the change that you want to see in the world."

"Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart."

"I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace."

"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching."

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

"A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people."

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

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

"Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good."

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

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

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.'

"I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble."

"The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy. That State is the best governed which is governed the least."

"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 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 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."

"Always aim at complete 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."

"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."

"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."

"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained."

"We are less than atoms, I say, because the atom obeys the law of its being, whereas we in the insolence of our ignorance deny the law of nature. But I have no argument to address to those who have no faith."

"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."

"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?"


Compiled by Thomas George