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

This campaign of non-cooperation has no reference to diplomacy, secret or open. The only diplomacy it admits of is the statement and pursuance of truth at any cost.

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.

The hardest metal yields to sufficient heat. Even so must the hardest heart melt before sufficiency of the heat of non- violence. And there is no limit to the capacity of non-violence to generate heat.

Each one prays to God according to his own light.

A living faith cannot be manufactured by the rule of majority.

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.

Rationalists are admirable beings, rationalism is a hideous monster when it claims for itself omnipotence. Attribution of omnipotence to reason is as bad a piece of idolatry as is worship of stock and stone believing it to be God. I plead not for the suppression of reason, but for a due recognition of that in us which sanctifies reason.

I need no inspiration other then Nature's. She has never failed me yet. She mystifies me, bewilders me, sends me into ecstasies. Besides God's handiwork, does not man's fade into insignificance?

It would conduce to national progress and save a great deal of time and trouble if we cultivated the habit of never supporting the resolutions either by speaking or voting for them if we had not either the intention or the ability to carry them out.

To forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in spite of the vivid knowledge that the one that must be loved is not a friend. There is no merit in loving an enemy when you forget him for a friend.

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

All of your scholarship, all your study of Shakespeare and Wordsworth would be vain if at the same time you did not build your character and attain mastery over your thoughts and your actions.

I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

All faiths constitute a revelation of Truth, but all are imperfect and liable to error.

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

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.

Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.

Intellect takes us along in the battle of life to a certain limit, but at the crucial moment it fails us. Faith transcends reason. It is when the horizon is the darkest and human reason is beaten down to the ground that faith shines brightest and comes to our rescue.

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.

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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.