Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi

Most popular Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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.
— Mahatma Gandhi (Non-Violence in Peace and War)

freedom Indian independence movement slavery

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

change the world

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
— Mahatma Gandhi

happiness

To call a woman a member of the weaker sex is a libel.
— Mahatma Gandhi

women

There is no school equal to a decent home and no teachers equal to honest virtuous parents.
— Mahatma Gandhi

family home parenting

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.
— Mahatma Gandhi

revenge

Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Indian independence movement martyr

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
— Mahatma Gandhi

morals

Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.
— Mahatma Gandhi

for teachers how to live life learning

What you do may not seem important, but it is very important that you do it.
— Mahatma Gandhi

action

No cost is too heavy for the preservation of one's honor.
— Mahatma Gandhi

honor

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
— Mahatma Gandhi

disagreement

We must be prepared to displease the dearest ones for the sake of principle.
— Mahatma Gandhi

principles

There could not be a cleansing without a clean confession.
— Mahatma Gandhi
I am a lover of my own liberty and so I would do nothing to restrict yours.
— Mahatma Gandhi

freedom

My life is my message.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Peace is its own reward.
— Mahatma Gandhi

peace

As the means, so the end.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Cowards can never be moral.
— Mahatma Gandhi

cowardice

Patience means self-suffering.
— Mahatma Gandhi

patience

Faith knows no disappointment.
— Mahatma Gandhi

faith

I think it would be a good idea.
— Mahatma Gandhi

witty

There is no god higher than truth.
— Mahatma Gandhi

truth

Where there is love there is life.
— Mahatma Gandhi

love

The best politics is right action.
— Mahatma Gandhi

politics

Hatred can be overcome only by love.
— Mahatma Gandhi

hate love

Heroes are made in the hour of defeat.
— Mahatma Gandhi

defeat heroism

To lose patience is to lose the battle.
— Mahatma Gandhi (Wit and Wisdom of Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore)

patience

Success is a series of glorious defeats.
— Mahatma Gandhi

defeat success

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

change the world

Nations are born out of travail and suffering.
— Mahatma Gandhi

suffering

Self-suffering is the truest test of sincerity.
— Mahatma Gandhi

suffering

Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth.
— Mahatma Gandhi

promises

Let us fear God, and we shall cease to fear man.
— Mahatma Gandhi

fear

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
— Mahatma Gandhi
I am fighting for nothing less than world peace.
— Mahatma Gandhi

peace

Discipline is learnt in the school of adversity.
— Mahatma Gandhi

adversity

It is knowledge that ultimately gives salvation.
— Mahatma Gandhi

knowledge

The future depends on what we do in the present.
— Mahatma Gandhi

action future motivational today

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
— Mahatma Gandhi

brotherhood of man

An ounce of practice is more than tons of preaching.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
— Mahatma Gandhi

heart

Good government is no substitute for self-government.
— Mahatma Gandhi

freedom government

The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust.
— Mahatma Gandhi

humility

We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.
— Mahatma Gandhi

habit

Perseverance opens up treasures which bring perennial joy.
— Mahatma Gandhi

perseverance

To trust is a virtue. It is weakness that begets distrust.
— Mahatma Gandhi

trust

In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.
— Mahatma Gandhi

conscience democracy

An eye for an eye will end up making the whole world blind.
— Mahatma Gandhi

peace

The world has enough for man's need but not for man's greed.
— Mahatma Gandhi

environment

Money as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil.
— Mahatma Gandhi

money

Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
— Mahatma Gandhi

faith

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
— Mahatma Gandhi

prayer

The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose.
— Mahatma Gandhi

charity

We can do not great things; only small things with great love.
— Mahatma Gandhi

greatness love

We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
— Mahatma Gandhi

justice

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
— Mahatma Gandhi

attitude equanimity

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
— Mahatma Gandhi

freedom

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal, not in reaching it.
— Mahatma Gandhi

effort glory

Rest assured that literary education is no good without character.
— Mahatma Gandhi

character education

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
— Mahatma Gandhi

health

Unity, to be real, must stand the severest strain without breaking.
— Mahatma Gandhi

unity

Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
— Mahatma Gandhi

anger

It is health which is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
— Mahatma Gandhi

health

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
— Mahatma Gandhi

sense of humor

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
— Mahatma Gandhi

enemies love

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it.
— Mahatma Gandhi

effort glory

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
— Mahatma Gandhi

equality

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
— Mahatma Gandhi

forgiveness

I must try to live in society and yet remain untouched by its pitfalls.
— Mahatma Gandhi

society

The earth has enough for every man's need but not for every man's greed.
— Mahatma Gandhi

greed

Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies.
— Mahatma Gandhi

faith reason

A man is but a product of his thoughts; what he thinks, that he becomes.
— Mahatma Gandhi

thoughts

A man of character will make himself worthy of any position he is given.
— Mahatma Gandhi

character

True friendship is an identity of souls rarely to be found in this world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

friendship

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within me.
— Mahatma Gandhi

conscience tyranny

There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.
— Mahatma Gandhi

greed society

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
— Mahatma Gandhi

bravery love

Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
— Mahatma Gandhi

justice

Indeed, I hold that what cannot be proved in practice cannot be sound in theory.
— Mahatma Gandhi
The students' minds must not be caged, nor for that matter those of the teachers.
— Mahatma Gandhi

for teachers teaching

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Strength willpower

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
— Mahatma Gandhi

inspirational

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
— Mahatma Gandhi

effort

We should cease to grow the moment we cease to discriminate between virtue and vice.
— Mahatma Gandhi

vice & virtue

If we develop the force of will, we shall find that we do not need the force of arms.
— Mahatma Gandhi

willpower

Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
— Mahatma Gandhi

creeds nonviolence personal credos

The moment there is suspicion about a man's motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
— Mahatma Gandhi

motives

All the education young people receive will be in vain if they do not learn good manners.
— Mahatma Gandhi

manners

I am a practical dreamer. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible.
— Mahatma Gandhi

dreams

Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.
— Mahatma Gandhi

love

A man cannot develop his mind by simply writing and reading or making speeches all day long.
— Mahatma Gandhi
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
— Mahatma Gandhi

leadership

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
— Mahatma Gandhi

animal rights animals

Nonviolence has come among people and it will live. It is the harbinger of the peace of the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

nonviolence

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
— Mahatma Gandhi

helping others

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
— Mahatma Gandhi
People are the roots, the state is the fruit. If the roots are sweet, the fruits are bound to be sweet.
— Mahatma Gandhi

country

Love is a rare herb that makes a friend even out of a sworn enemy and this herb grows out of nonviolence.
— Mahatma Gandhi

love nonviolence

The golden rule is to test everything in the light of reason and experience, no matter from whom it comes.
— Mahatma Gandhi

critical thinking reason

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
— Mahatma Gandhi (The Moral and Political Writings of Mahatma Gandhi: Vol. I, Civilization, Politics, and Religion)

inner peace

I think the political life must be an echo of private life and that there cannot be any divorce between the two.
— Mahatma Gandhi
There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.
— Mahatma Gandhi

conscience law

The ideal is to look upon marriage as a sacrament and therefore to lead a life of self-restraint in the married state.
— Mahatma Gandhi

marriage

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

saying no

If the animals had intelligent speech at their command, they would state a case against man that would stagger humanity.
— Mahatma Gandhi

animal rights

To conquer the subtle passion seems to me to be harder far than the physical conquest of the world by the force of arms.
— Mahatma Gandhi

desire

The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.
— Mahatma Gandhi
All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others.
— Mahatma Gandhi

brotherhood of man mankind

What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.
— Mahatma Gandhi

hope

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.
— Mahatma Gandhi

faith

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.
— Mahatma Gandhi

wisdom

True morality consists, not in following the beaten track, but in finding out the true path for ourselves and in fearlessly following it.
— Mahatma Gandhi (Ethical Religion)

life as a journey

He who perishes sword in hand is no doubt brave; but he who faces death without raising his little finger and without flinching is braver.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Indian independence movement nonviolence

Do not worry about what others are doing!  Each of us should turn the searchlight inward and purify his or her own heart as much as possible.
— Mahatma Gandhi (Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World)

changing people

I have seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
— Mahatma Gandhi
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.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.
— Mahatma Gandhi

truth

If blood be shed, let it be our blood. Cultivate the quiet courage of dying without killing. For man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
— Mahatma Gandhi

courage Indian independence movement nonviolence

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.
— Mahatma Gandhi

power

If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircle 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.
— Mahatma Gandhi (Young India)

Activism Indian independence movement politics

God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west ... keeping the world in chains. If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts.
— Mahatma Gandhi

environment India

It is good enough to talk of God while we are sitting here after a nice breakfast and looking forward to a nicer luncheon, but how am I to talk of God to the millions who have to go without two meals a day? To them God can only appear as bread and butter.
— Mahatma Gandhi

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