Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a lawyer, social activist, writer who was the leader of the nationalist movement of the Indians against the British Rule. He is considered as the father of the nation among the countrymen which has to lead to the birth of his most commonly known name Bapu. He is widely recognized for his doctrine of nonviolent protest (more popularly known as Satyagrah) which he used to achieve political and social progress. Read more>>
Best of Mahatma Gandhi quotes and sayings
Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.
What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.
I claim that the human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.
All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.
We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is a body without a soul.
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.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
My life is my message.
I am a humble but very earnest seeker after truth.
We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French.
I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice.
Prayer is a confession of one’s own unworthiness and weakness.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
God cannot be realized through the intellect. Intellect can lead one to a certain extent and no further. It is a matter of faith and experience derived from that faith.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion.
Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment.
It is the duty of every thoughtful Indian not to marry. In case he is helpless in regard to marriage, he should abstain from sexual intercourse with his wife.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?
I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
Faith… must be enforced by reason… when faith becomes blind it dies.
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
Mahatma Gandhi short biography
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a lawyer, social activist, writer who was the leader of the nationalist movement of the Indians against the British Rule. He is considered as the father of the nation among the countrymen which has to lead to the birth of his most commonly known name Bapu. He is widely recognized for his doctrine of nonviolent protest (more popularly known as Satyagrah) which he used to achieve political and social progress.
The name Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most known names on earth right now. The great works of Mahatma Gandhi turned him into a global phenomenon. People always gathered around in huge amounts just to have a glimpse of him. Due to all this, it was difficult for him to work during the day and get some rest during the night. He wrote that “ The woes of Mahatma are known only to the Mahatma’s.”
He was born on 2nd October 1968 and was raised in a Hindu family in Gujarat. He was trained in law from Inner Temple, London. He went to South Africa to practice law and returned to India in 1915. After his return, he made farmers and laborers protest against excessive land-tax and discrimination. Gandhiji became the leader of the Indian National Congress in 1921 and after becoming the leader, he led many nationwide campaigns and protests for various social causes and to achieve self-rule or Swaraj.
Mahatma Gandhi led Indians in challenging the British imposed salt tax by leading the infamous 400 km Dandi Salt March in 1930. He was also in front of the Quit India Movement in 1942. He was imprisoned many times during his life, both in India and South Africa, but that was not enough to shake the will of the man.
He was a modest man who led a simple life in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional dhoti and shawl which was woven by him using a handspun charkha. He was a vegetarian and usually fasts for days which he considered as a way for self-purification and also used it as political protest.
Mahatma Gandhi had a vision for an independent India with religious pluralism which was challenged by a new Muslim nationalism in 1940. This Muslim Nationalism demanded a separate land for Muslims carved out of India. In 1947, Mahatma Gandhi led India towards independence but that independence came with a price. This price was the partition of India into two parts- Hindu majority Hindustan and Muslim majority Pakistan.
Even after all his great deeds, he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on 30th January 1948 but he was lucky to die after his wish of having an independent India was fulfilled. His birthday is now known as Gandhi Jayanti which is celebrated as a National holiday as well as the day for nonviolence.