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.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
To call a woman a member of the weaker sex is a libel.
There is no school equal to a decent home and no teachers equal to honest virtuous parents.
An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.
What you do may not seem important, but it is very important that you do it.
No cost is too heavy for the preservation of one's honor.
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
We must be prepared to displease the dearest ones for the sake of principle.
There could not be a cleansing without a clean confession.
I am a lover of my own liberty and so I would do nothing to restrict yours.
My life is my message.
Peace is its own reward.
As the means, so the end.
Cowards can never be moral.
Patience means self-suffering.
Faith knows no disappointment.
I think it would be a good idea.
There is no god higher than truth.
Where there is love there is life.
The best politics is right action.
Hatred can be overcome only by love.
Heroes are made in the hour of defeat.
To lose patience is to lose the battle.
Success is a series of glorious defeats.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Nations are born out of travail and suffering.
Self-suffering is the truest test of sincerity.
Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth.
Let us fear God, and we shall cease to fear man.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
I am fighting for nothing less than world peace.
Discipline is learnt in the school of adversity.
It is knowledge that ultimately gives salvation.
The future depends on what we do in the present.
No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
An ounce of practice is more than tons of preaching.
Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
Good government is no substitute for self-government.
The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust.
We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.
Perseverance opens up treasures which bring perennial joy.
To trust is a virtue. It is weakness that begets distrust.
In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.
An eye for an eye will end up making the whole world blind.
The world has enough for man's need but not for man's greed.
Money as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose.
We can do not great things; only small things with great love.
We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal, not in reaching it.
Rest assured that literary education is no good without character.
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
Unity, to be real, must stand the severest strain without breaking.
Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
It is health which is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
I must try to live in society and yet remain untouched by its pitfalls.
The earth has enough for every man's need but not for every man's greed.
Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies.
A man is but a product of his thoughts; what he thinks, that he becomes.
A man of character will make himself worthy of any position he is given.
True friendship is an identity of souls rarely to be found in this world.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within me.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
Indeed, I hold that what cannot be proved in practice cannot be sound in theory.
The students' minds must not be caged, nor for that matter those of the teachers.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
We should cease to grow the moment we cease to discriminate between virtue and vice.
If we develop the force of will, we shall find that we do not need the force of arms.
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
The moment there is suspicion about a man's motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
All the education young people receive will be in vain if they do not learn good manners.
I am a practical dreamer. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible.
Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.
A man cannot develop his mind by simply writing and reading or making speeches all day long.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Nonviolence has come among people and it will live. It is the harbinger of the peace of the world.
To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
People are the roots, the state is the fruit. If the roots are sweet, the fruits are bound to be sweet.
Love is a rare herb that makes a friend even out of a sworn enemy and this herb grows out of nonviolence.
The golden rule is to test everything in the light of reason and experience, no matter from whom it comes.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
I think the political life must be an echo of private life and that there cannot be any divorce between the two.
There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.
The ideal is to look upon marriage as a sacrament and therefore to lead a life of self-restraint in the married state.
A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
If the animals had intelligent speech at their command, they would state a case against man that would stagger humanity.
To conquer the subtle passion seems to me to be harder far than the physical conquest of the world by the force of arms.
The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.
All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others.
What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and 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.
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.
True morality consists, not in following the beaten track, but in finding out the true path for ourselves and in fearlessly following it.
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.
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.
I have seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.