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Top 50 Best Inspiring Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

Mahatma Gandhi speaking to a crowd

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi  October 1869 – 30 January 1948), also known as Mahatma Gandhi, was an Indian lawyer,anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule, and in turn inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā first applied to him in 1914 in South Africa, is now used throughout the world. Born and raised in a Hindu family in coastal Gujarat, western India, Gandhi trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, and was called to the bar at age 22 in June 1891. After two uncertain years in India, where he was unable to start a successful law practice, he moved to South Africa in 1893 to represent an Indian merchant in a lawsuit. He went on to stay for 21 years. It was in South Africa that Gandhi raised a family, and first employed nonviolent resistance in a campaign for civil rights. In 1915, aged 45, he returned to India. He set about organizing peasants, farmers, and urban laborers to protest against excessive land-tax and discrimination. Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, and above all for achieving Swaraj or self-rule.

Common Quetions about Mahatma Gandhi

What religion was Mahatma Gandhi?

Gandhi of course was born a Hindu but his interpretation of Hinduism was his own. While keeping firm roots in ancient Hinduism, he welcomed contact with other religions, especially the Christian doctrines.

Why Gandhi is called Mahatma?

Well, Mahatma actually means ‘Great soul’. Being a person who gave up his career as a barrister, adopted the simplest of lived for the welfare of the people and for the Independence of India, title of Mahatma was bestowed on Gandhi by Rabindranath Tagore for his contributions towards the nation.

Our Favorite Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“Where there is love there is life.”

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

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

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

“God has no religion.”

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

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“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

“The future depends on what you do today.”

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

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

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”

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

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”

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

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.”

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”

“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.”

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”

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“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”

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

“My Life is My Message”

“It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”

“You don't know who is important to you until you actually lose them.”

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

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.”

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”

“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”

“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.”

“Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.”

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”

“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”

“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. ”

“They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.”

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

“Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

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