50 Famous Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian political and spiritual leader who is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. He led India to independence from British colonial rule through nonviolent civil disobedience, and his teachings on nonviolence and peaceful resistance continue to inspire social justice movements around the world. Gandhi's commitment to truth, justice, and equality for all people serves as a reminder of the power of nonviolent action to effect positive change in society. (Mahatma Gandhi Biography).

Mahatma Gandhi Famous Quotes

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

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

3. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

4. "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."

5. "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

6. "A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks he becomes."

7. "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

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

9. "Where there is love there is life."

10. "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."

11. "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

12. "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

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13. "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

14. "The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different."

15. "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."

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

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

18. "Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth."

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

20. "Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory."

21. "Action expresses priorities."

22. "If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide."

23. "There is more to life than increasing its speed."
24. "There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts."

25. "To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer."

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26. "Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening."

27. "A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave."

28. "Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding."

29. "Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men."

30. "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."

31. "Nobody can hurt me without my permission."

32. "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."

33. "The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity."

34. "Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians - you are not like him."

35. "I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people."

36. "You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind."

37. "It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity."

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

39. "We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle."

40. "There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed."

41. "When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator."

42. "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."

43. "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."

44. "The good man is the friend of all living things."

45. "Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it."

46. "Truth never damages a cause that is just."

47. "An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it."

48. "My life is my message."

49. "To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest."

50. "It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?"

― Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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