Famous Quotes, Sayings & Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi in English

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>>

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Famous Quotes, Sayings & Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi in English

Jesus is and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like him.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Ours is one continued struggle against a degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the European, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir, whose occupation is hunting and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Let not the 12 million Negroes be ashamed of the fact that they are the grandchildren of slaves. There is dishonour in being slave-owners.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Each one prays to God according to his own light.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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.

— Mahatma Gandhi

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I am in the world feeling my way to light ‘amid the encircling gloom.’

— Mahatma Gandhi

I know, to banish anger altogether from one’s breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God’s grace.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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

— Mahatma Gandhi

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

— Mahatma Gandhi

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.

— Mahatma Gandhi

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound life .

— Mahatma Gandhi

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.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one’s opponent.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

— Mahatma Gandhi

As human beings, our greatness lies 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.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.

— Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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

— Mahatma Gandhi

He is lost who is possessed by carnal desire.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Only he can take great resolves who has indomitable faith in God and has fear of God.

— Mahatma Gandhi

A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Constant development is the law of life and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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

— Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer is a confession of one’s own unworthiness and weakness.

— Mahatma Gandhi

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Peace is its own reward.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I think it is the height of ignorance to believe that the sexual act is an independent function necessary like sleeping or eating. Seeing, therefore, that I did not desire more children, I began to strive after self-control. There was endless difficulty in the task.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.

— Mahatma Gandhi

A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.

— Mahatma Gandhi

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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.

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