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
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.
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.
I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
Self-respect knows no considerations.
It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?
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.
Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French.
The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless.
It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one’s belly, in order to be able to save one’s head.
Prayer is a confession of one’s own unworthiness and weakness.
Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
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.
The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
My life is my message.
A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
It is better to be violent if there is violence in our hearts than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
Faith… must be enforced by reason… when faith becomes blind it dies.
Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
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.
I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.
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.
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
I did once seriously think of embracing the Christian faith. The gentle figure of Christ, so full of forgiveness that he taught his followers not to retaliate when abused or struck, but to turn the other cheek – I thought it was a beautiful example of the perfect man.
Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment.
Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.
Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion.
I took the vow of celibacy in 1906. I had not shared my thoughts with my wife until then, but only consulted her at the time of making the vow. She had no objection.
I wear the national dress because it is the most natural and the most becoming for an Indian.
I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.
I am in the world feeling my way to light ‘amid the encircling gloom.’
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.