Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

Mahatma
Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu
1869
1951

Indian Spiritual, Nationalist, Ideological and Political Leader, Attorney, Peace Advocate promoting non-violent resistance to tyranny through civil disobedience. Honorific names include Mahatma meaning Great Soul and Bapu meaning Father.

Author Quotes

I believe that cunning is not only morally wrong but also politically inexpedient, and have therefore always discountenanced its use even from the practical standpoint.

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

The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.

Even as a tree has a single trunk, but many branches and leaves, there is one religion but any number of faiths.

It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.

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

Even as wisdom often comes from the mouths of babes, so does it often come from the mouths of old people. The golden rule is to test everything in the light of reason and experience, no matter from where it comes.

As a rule, the mind, residing in a body that has become weakened by pampering, is also weak, and where there is no strength of mind there can be no strength of soul.

There will have to be rigid and iron discipline before we achieve anything great and enduring, and that discipline will not come by mere academic argument and appeal to reason and logic. Discipline is learnt in the school of adversity.

If we have listening ears, God speaks to us in our own language, whatever that language be.

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

Truth quenches untruth, love quenches anger, self-suffering quenches violence. This eternal rule is a rule not for saints only but for all.

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.

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.

Men and women approaching retirement age should be recycled for public service work, and their companies should foot the bill. We can no longer afford to scrap-pile people.

Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state. There is as little reason to deplore the one as there is to be pleased over the other.

Three quarters of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world would finish if people were to put on the shoes of their adversaries and understood their points of view.

I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.

Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today.

To a true artist only that face is beautiful which, quite apart from its exterior, shines with the truth within the soul.

Tolerance implies a gratuitous assumption of the inferiority of other faiths to one's own.

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done.

We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.

Non-cooperation is an attempt to awaken the masses, to a sense of their dignity and power. This can only be done by enabling them to realize that they need not fear brute force, if they would but know the soul within.

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First Name
Mahatma
Last Name
Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu
Birth Date
1869
Death Date
1951
Bio

Indian Spiritual, Nationalist, Ideological and Political Leader, Attorney, Peace Advocate promoting non-violent resistance to tyranny through civil disobedience. Honorific names include Mahatma meaning Great Soul and Bapu meaning Father.