Some Quotes from Mahatma Gandhi

  • An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
  • The first principle of nonviolent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.
  • A nonviolent revolution is not a program of seizure of power.  It is a program of transformation of relationships, ending in a peaceful transfer of power.
  • One has to speak out and stand up for one's convictions.  Inaction at a time of conflagration is inexcusable.
  • Nonviolence will prevail - whatever man may or may not do ... It will have its way and overcome all obstacles irrespective of the shortcoming of the instruments.
  • Mankind has to get out of violence only through non-violence.  Hatred can be overcome only by love.  Counter hatred only increases the surface as well as the depth of hatred.
  • I regard the employment of the atom bomb for the wholesale destruction of men, women and children as the most diabolical use of science.
  • Nonviolent defence neither knows nor accepts defeat at any stage.  Therefore a nation or a group which has made nonviolence its final policy can not be subjected to slavery even by the atom bomb.
  • Goodness must be joined with knowledge.  Mere goodness is not of much use, as I have found in life.  One must cultivate the fine discriminating quality which goes with spiritual courage and character.
  • Nonviolence is the noblest as well as the most effective way of defending one's rights.
  • A 'satyagrahi' is one who is consecrated to nonviolent defence of the truth.
  • Ahimsa is an attribute of the brave.  Cowardice and ahimsa do not go together any more than water and fire.

The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi   

  • If we remain nonviolent, hatred will die as everything does from disuse.
  • Without the recognition of nonviolence on a national scale there is no such thing as a constitutional or democratic government.
  • Peace will never come unless the great powers courageously decide to disarm themselves.
  • The cause of liberty becomes a mockery if the price to be paid is the wholesale destruction of those who are to enjoy liberty.
  • Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.
  • A reformer has to sail not with the current.  Very often he has to go against it even though it may cost him his life.
  • Ahimsa calls for the strength and courage to suffer without retaliation, to receive blows without returning any.  But that does not exhaust its meaning.  Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.
  • To benefit by others' killing and delude oneself into belief that one is being religious and nonviolent is self-deception.
  • There can be degree in violence, not in nonviolence.  The constant effort of the votary of nonviolence is to purge himself of hatred toward the so-called enemy.  There is no such thing as shooting out of love.
  • Two basic maxims for nonviolence: 1. Ahimsa is the supreme Law or Dharma, 2. There is no other Law or Dharma than Truth.
  • A satyagrahi should fast only as a last resort when all other avenues of redress have been explored and failed.
  • My fast should not be considered a political move in any sense of the term.  It is obedience to the peremptory call of conscience and duty.  It comes out of felt agony.
  • 'First they ignore you; then they laugh at you; then they attack you; then you win' 
  • "Non-violence is more powerful than all the armaments in the world. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."  
  • "A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history"
  • Things undreamt of are daily being seen, the impossible is ever becoming possible.   We are constantly being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence.  But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence.
  • "You must be the change you want to see in the world."  
  • "I have not conceived my mission to be that of a knight-errant wandering everywhere to deliver people from difficult situations. My humble occupation has been to show people how to solve their own work will be finished if I succeed in carrying the conviction to the human family that every man of woman, however weak in body, is the guardian of his or her self-respect and liberty." 
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