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

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.

The cry for peace will be a cry in the wilderness, so long as the spirit of nonviolence does not dominate millions of men and women.

Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.

If one has no affection for a person or a system, one should feel free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection so long as he does not contemplate, promote, or incite violence.

I claim that in losing the spinning wheel we lost our left lung. We are, therefore, suffering from galloping consumption. The restoration of the wheel arrests the progress of the fell disease.

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

Leo Tolstoy's life has been devoted to replacing the method of violence for removing tyranny or securing reform by the method of non­resistance to evil. He would meet hatred expressed in violence by love expressed in self­suffering. He admits of no exception to whittle down this great and divine law of love. He applies it to all the problems that trouble mankind.

One thing we have endeavoured to observe most scrupulously, namely, never to depart from the strictest facts and, in dealing with the difficult questions that have arisen during the year, we hope that we have used the utmost moderation possible under the circumstances. Our duty is very simple and plain. We want to serve the community, and in our own humble way to serve the Empire. We believe in the righteousness of the cause, which it is our privilege to espouse. We have an abiding faith in the mercy of the Almighty God, and we have firm faith in the British Constitution. That being so, we should fail in our duty if we wrote anything with a view to hurt. Facts we would always place before our readers, whether they are palatable or not, and it is by placing them constantly before the public in their nakedness that the misunderstanding between the two communities in South Africa can be removed.

Your capacity to keep your vow will depend on the purity of your life.

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.

Why not learn by getting down to the actual practice?

When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they have seemed invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it: always.

We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other.

War is an unmitigated evil. But it certainly does one good thing. It drives away fear and brings bravery to the surface.

Truth never damages a cause that is just.

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

This ahimsa [non-harm] is the basis of the search for truth . . . It is quite proper to resist and attack a system, but to resists and attack its author is tantamount to resisting and attacking oneself.

There is no limit to the measure of sacrifice that one may make in order to realize oneness with all life, but certainly that ideal will set a limit to your wants. That is the antithesis of the position of modern civilization which says, "Increase your wants."

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

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

There are seven things that will destroy us [seven sins of the world]: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.

There are limits to self-indulgence, none to self-restraint.

The various religions are like different roads converging on the same point. What difference does it make if we follow different routes, provided we arrive at the same destination?

The true source of rights is duty. If we all discharge our duties, rights will not be far to seek.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Author Picture
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.