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

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it. I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.

Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.

Man does not live by bread alone. Many prefer self-respect to food.

Live simply, that others may simply live.

Life and death are but phases of the same thing, the reverse and obverse of the same coin... I want you all to treasure death and suffering more than life and to appreciate their cleansing and purifying character. Death which is an Eternal verity is revolution, as birth and after is slow and steady evolution. Death is as necessary for man's growth as life itself... All fear is a sign of want of faith... Hate the sin and love the sinner.

Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.

If we are to reach peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children; and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won't have to struggle; we won't have to pass fruitless idle resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which consciously or unconsciously the whole world is hungering.

If God were to appear to starving people, he would not dare to appear in any other form than food.

I will be truthful. I will suffer no injustice. I will be free from fear. I will not use force. I will be of good will to all men.

I could not be leading a religious life unless I identified myself with the whole of mankind, and that I could not do unless I took part in politics.

Honest disagreement [differences] is often a good sign of progress.

High thinking is inconsistent with complicated material life based on high speed imposed on us by Mammon worship.

Good government is no substitute for self-government.

For the poor, the economic is the spiritual.

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

Fear gone, there can be no hatred.

Exploitation is the essence of violence.

Don't bow before another person or another nation.

Civilization, in the real sense of the term, consists not in the multiplication, but in the deliberate and voluntary reduction of wants. This alone promotes real happiness and contentment, and increases the capacity for service.

As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything... keep it.

As human beings, our greatness lays 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.

All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others.

Ahlisma [nonviolence] means the largest love. It is the supreme law. By it alone can mankind be saved. He who believes in nonviolence believes in a living God.

A weak man is just by accident. A strong but nonviolent man is unjust by accident.

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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.