Mahatma Gandhi quotes

Born
October 2, 1869, Gujarat, India

Died
January 30, 1948.

Occupation
Leadership of Indian independence movement.

Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
– Mahatma Gandhi
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The good man is the friend of all living things.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
– Mahatma Gandhi
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Are creeds such simple things like the clothes which a man can change at will and put on at will? Creeds are such for which people live for ages and ages.
– 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
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
– Mahatma Gandhi
To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.
– Mahatma Gandhi
To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like him.
– Mahatma Gandhi
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
– Mahatma Gandhi
To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
– Mahatma Gandhi
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
– Mahatma Gandhi
My religion teaches me that whenever there is distress which one cannot remove, one must fast and pray.
– Mahatma Gandhi
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
– Mahatma Gandhi
I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
– Mahatma Gandhi
It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?
– Mahatma Gandhi
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Those who know how to think need no teachers.
– Mahatma Gandhi
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Where there is love there is life.
– Mahatma Gandhi
I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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
Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.
– Mahatma Gandhi
We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
– Mahatma Gandhi
Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
– Mahatma Gandhi
My life is my message.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Action expresses priorities.
– Mahatma Gandhi
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
– Mahatma Gandhi
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment.
– Mahatma Gandhi
But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.
– Mahatma Gandhi
I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
– Mahatma Gandhi
We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison.
– Mahatma Gandhi
God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.
– Mahatma Gandhi
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
– Mahatma Gandhi
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
– Mahatma Gandhi
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
– Mahatma Gandhi
It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
– Mahatma Gandhi
God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.
– Mahatma Gandhi
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
– Mahatma Gandhi
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
– Mahatma Gandhi
That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.
– Mahatma Gandhi
I am a humble but very earnest seeker after truth.
– Mahatma Gandhi
There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
– Mahatma Gandhi
A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
– Mahatma Gandhi
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
– Mahatma Gandhi
If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty.
– Mahatma Gandhi
I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.
– Mahatma Gandhi
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
– Mahatma Gandhi
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.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Peace is its own reward.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
– Mahatma Gandhi
We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Self-respect knows no considerations.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.
– Mahatma Gandhi
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
– Mahatma Gandhi
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
– Mahatma Gandhi
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
– Mahatma Gandhi