500 Mahatma Gandhi Quotes That Will Enrich Your Life

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi also known as Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian nationalist leader and was born on October 2, 1869. He was born in Porbandar, Kathiawar, India which was then part of the British Empire. Mahatma Gandhi was a poor student as a young man and was terrified of public speaking.

His first stay in London is from 1888 to 1891. By joining the executive committee of the London Vegetarian Society. He became more committed to a meatless diet and started to read a variety of sacred texts to learn about more world religions.

He continued to study world religions while living in South Africa. On his time their he wrote “The religious spirit within me became a living force”. He formed the Indian National Congress in 1894 to fight discrimination.

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The 78 year old Gandhi, in the late afternoon of January 30, 1948, weakened from repeated hunger strikes. His two grandnieces led him from his living quarters to a prayer meeting in New Delhi’s Birla House.

Upset at Gandhi’s tolerance of Muslims, Hindu extremist Nathuram Godse shooting him three times at point-blank range and knelt before him before pulling out a semi-automatic pistol. A pacifist who spent his life preaching nonviolence, the violent act took his life. A co-conspirator and Godse were executed by hanging in November 1949. His non-violent civil disobedience also inspired future world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.


“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“Namaste. I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides… a place of light, of love, of truth, of peace, of wisdom. I honour the place in you where when you are in that place and I am in that place there is only one of us.”

“Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.”

“Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.”

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

“What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.”

“There is force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.”

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

“Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world; but to change ourselves.”

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

“I am a humble but very earnest seeker after truth.”

“There are two days in the year that we can not do anything – yesterday and tomorrow.”

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

“Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.”

“Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.”

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“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

“Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.”

“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.”

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

“Where there is love there is life.”

“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.”

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

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”


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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises.”

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

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

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“It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone. Mahatma Gandhi”

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Mahatma Gandhi”

“My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi”

“True beauty consists of purity of heart.”

“Full effort is full victory.”

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

“I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”

“Faith… must be enforced by reason… when faith becomes blind it dies.”

“Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity.”

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“I believe that the sum total of the energy of mankind is not to bring us down but to lift us up, and that is the result of the definite, if unconscious, working of the law of love.”

“Whether humanity will consciously follow the law of love, I do not know. But that need not disturb me. The law will work just as the law of gravitation works, whether we accept it or not.”

“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day: I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only God. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”

“If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.”

“I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.”

“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”

“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.”

“Hatred ever kills, love never dies. Such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred.”

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

“The person who discovered the law of love was a far greater scientist than any of our modern scientists.”

“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.”

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

“Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.”

“The golden rule to apply in all such cases is resolutely to refuse to have what millions cannot.”

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

“Relationships are based on four principles: respect, understanding, acceptance and appreciation.”

“Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love.”

“Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.”

“Where love is, there God is also.”

“A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good he has done to his fellowmen.”

“Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause.”

“I first learned the concepts of nonviolence in my marriage.”

“Civilization is the encouragement of differences.”

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“Silence has now become both a physical and spiritual necessity for me. Originally it was taken to relieve the sense of pressure. Then I wanted time for writing. After, however, I had practiced it for some time I saw the spiritual value of it. It suddenly flashed across my mind that that was the time when I could best hold communion with God. And now I feel as though I was naturally built for silence.”

“The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of truth.”

“Truth, purity, self-control, firmness, fearlessness, humility, unity, peace, and renunciation – these are the inherent qualities of a civil resister.”

“All that I can in true humility present to you is that Truth is not to be found by anybody who has not got an abundant sense of humility. If you would swim on the bosom of the ocean of Truth you must reduce yourself to zero.”

“There is nothing on earth that I would not give up, excepting of course, two things and two things only, truth and nonviolence.”

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”

“Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.”

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

“What is Truth? A difficult question; but I have solved it for myself by saying that it is what the “voice within” tells you.”

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

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

“In judging myself I shall try to be as harsh as truth, as I want others also to be.”

“Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.”

“A man of truth must also be a man of care.”

“But it is impossible for us to realize perfect truth so long as we are imprisoned in this mortal frame.”

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

“It has often occurred to me that a seeker after Truth has to be silent.”


“I believe in the essential unity of all people and for that matter of all lives. Therefore, I believe that if one person gains spiritually, the whole world gains, and if one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent.”

“A man must arrange his physical and cultural circumstances so that they do not hinder him in his service of humanity, on which all his energies should be concentrated.”

“Mankind is notoriously too dense to read the signs that God sends from time to time. We require drums to be beaten into our ears, before we should wake from our trance and hear the warning and see that to lose oneself in all, is the only way to find oneself.”

“The cry for peace will be a cry in the wilderness, so long as the spirit of nonviolence does not dominate millions of men and women.”

“My life is an indivisible whole, and all my attitudes run into one another; and they all have their rise in my insatiable love for mankind.”

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

“Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.”

“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.”

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

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”

“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”

“Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.”

“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.”

“The golden way is to be friends with the world and to regard the whole human family as one.”

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

“If you want real peace in the world, start with children.”

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”

“There is no occasion for women to consider themselves subordinate or inferior to men.”

“The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.”

“Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity.”

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“A living faith in God means acceptance of the brotherhood of mankind.”

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

“Friendship that insists upon agreement on all things isn’t worth the name.”

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

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman.”

“We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?”

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

“When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.”

“Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking.”

“We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.”

“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”

“No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.”


“As for food, India has plenty of fertile land, there is enough water and no dearth of man power… The public should be educated to become self reliant. Once they know that they have got to stand on their own legs, it would electrify the atmosphere.”

“Ethically they had arrived at the conclusion that man’s supremacy over lower animals meant not that the former should prey upon the latter, but that the higher should protect the lower, and that there should be mutual aid between the two as between man and man. They had also brought out the truth that man eats not for enjoyment but to live.”

“Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupation is exhilarating and life giving.”

“I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.”

“The basis of my vegetarianism is not physical, but moral. If anybody said that I should die if I did not take beef tea or mutton, even on medical advice, I would prefer death. That is the basis of my vegetarianism.”

“The purpose of life is undoubtedly to know oneself. We cannot do it unless we learn to identify ourselves with all that lives. The sum-total of that life is God.”

“I submit that scientists have not yet explored the hidden possibilities of the innumerable seeds, leaves and fruits for giving the fullest possible nutrition to mankind.”

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”

“When I see a cow, it is not an animal to eat, it is a poem of pity for me and I worship it and I shall defend its worship against the whole world.”

“I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such things as crawl upon earth.”

“Human nature will find itself only when it fully realizes that to be human it has to cease to be beastly or brutal.”

“Cow-slaughter and man-slaughter are in my opinion two sides of the same coin.”

“I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower animal world if we are superior to it.”

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“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”

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

“Every man has an equal right to the necessaries of life even as birds and beasts have.”

“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.”

“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.”

“The good man is the friend of all living things.”

“Unlike the animal, God has given man the faculty of reason.”


“There is nothing more potent than thought. Deed follows word and word follows thought. The word is the result of a mighty thought, and where the thought is mighty and pure the result is always mighty and pure.”

“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stiffled. I want all the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.”

“Man has always desired power. Ownership of property gives this power. Man hankers also after posthumous fame based on power.”

“Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.”

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.”

“Life is an aspiration. Its mission is to strive after perfection, which is self-realization. The ideal must not be lowered because of our weaknesses or imperfections.”

“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.”

“Nonviolent resistance implies the very opposite of weakness. Defiance combined with non-retaliatory acceptance of repression from one’s opponents is active, not passive.”

“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.”

“If we were strong, self-respecting and not susceptible to frightfulness, the foreign rulers would have been powerless for mischief.”

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“If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.”

“It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.”

“A leader is useless when he acts against the promptings of his own conscience.”

“Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.”

“Some form of common worship and a common place of worship appear to be a human necessity.”

“Those who cannot renounce attachment to the results of their work are far from the path.”

“God’s word is: ‘He who strives never perishes’. I have implicit faith in that promise.”

“The best way of losing a cause is to abuse your opponent and to trade upon his weakness.”

“I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.”

“A definite forgiveness would mean a definite recognition of our strength.”

“No man loses his freedom except through his own weakness.”

“The difficulty one experiences in meeting himsa arises from weakness of mind.”

“I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.”

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

“The greater our innocence, the greater our strength and the swifter our victory.”

“Men aspiring to be free can hardly think of enslaving others.”

“It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.”

“For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.”

“Perfect nonviolence is difficult. It admits to no weakness.”

“I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace.”

“It is weakness which breeds fear, and fear breeds distrust.”

“Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.”

“Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”


“To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness.”

“Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”

“No nation being under another nation can accept gifts, and kick at the responsibility attached to those gifts, imposed by the conquering nation.”

“A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.”

“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 the holy name of liberty or democracy?”

“It is derogatory to the dignity of mankind, it is derogatory to the dignity of India, to entertain for one single moment hatred towards Englishmen.”

“The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.”

“Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today.”

“A democrat must be utterly selfless. He must think and dream not in terms of self or of party, but only of democracy.”

“The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or popular.”

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“So far as I can see the atomic bomb has deadened the finest feeling that has sustained mankind for ages.”

“A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.”

“Good government is no substitute for self-government.”

“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.”

“The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.”

“I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.”

“Every person in a well-ordered state is fully conscious of both his responsibilities and his rights.”

“Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong, but of the weak.”

“Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.”

“In true democracy every man and women is taught to think for himself or herself.”

“Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.”


“I have never found Him lacking in response. I have found Him nearest at hand when the horizon seemed darkest—in my ordeals in jails when it was not all smooth sailing for me. I cannot recall a moment in my life when I had a sense of desertion by God.”

“A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness.”

“I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours. I simply want to please my own conscience, which is God.”

“Faith is not a delicate flower which would wither under the slightest stormy weather. Faith is like the Himalaya mountains which cannot possibly change. No storm can possibly remove the Himalaya mountains from their foundations… And I want every one of you to cultivate that faith in God and religion.”

“It is beyond my power to induce in you a belief in God. There are certain things which are self proved and certain which are not proved at all.”

“That faith is of little value which can flourish only in fair weather. Faith in order to be of any value has to survive the severest trials. Your faith is a whited sepulcher if it cannot stand against the calumny of the whole world.”

“It is the faith that steers us through stormy seas, faith that moves mountains and faith that jumps across the ocean.”

“God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.”

“For me the voice of God, of Conscience, of Truth or the Inner Voice or ‘the still small Voice’ mean one and the same thing.”

“One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.”

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“God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.”

“My religion is based on truth and nonviolence. Truth is my God. Nonviolence is the means of realising Him.”

“Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all.”

“Cultivation of tolerance for other faiths will impart to us a truer understanding of our own.”

“God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.”

“I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him.”

“Faith becomes lame, when it ventures into matters pertaining to reason.”

“Satan’s successes are the greatest when he appears with the name of God on his lips.”

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

“But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.”

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

“Each one prays to God according to his own light.”


“I guess the most surprising discovery was how long Gandhi remained loyal to the ideal of the British Empire, even in India. Arthur L. Herman”

“My study of Gandhi convinced me that true pacifism is not nonresistance to evil, but nonviolent resistance to evil. Between the two positions, there is a world of difference. Gandhi resisted evil with as much vigor and power as the violent resister, but True pacifism is not unrealistic submission to evil power. It is rather a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love. Martin Luther King Jr”

“We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence for fighting for our cause, but by non-participation of anything you believe is evil. Albert Einstein”

“Mahatma Gandhi is the greatest living exponent of successful pacifism. He has demonstrated that pacifism in action can be a force in world politics. It proved itself, that is to say, a stronger instrument than the instrument of government by force and oppression. Laurence Housman”

“I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about. You look at someone like Gandhi, and he glowed. Martin Luther King glowed. Muhammad Ali glows. I think that’s from being bright all the time, and trying to be brighter. Jay-Z”

“Gandhi was a deceptively clever strategist whose frail, even saintly appearance constantly misled his adversaries into underestimating him. Robert Greene”

“Nobody sensible voted for Thatcher. For me, in political terms, the most admirable person and the most influential would have been the philosophy of Gandhi. The ideology of passive resistance worked and can work again and again. It is the exact opposite of violence. A glorious conception. John Lydon”

“In South Africa, his success was complete; in India it was very considerable; and had his following been larger and more uniformly nonviolent, his pacific instrument would have triumphed. Laurence Housman”

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“I am very proud to be an Indian, a son of the soil where Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha were born and they were always the great inspiration for me, in my life. Kailash Satyarthi”

“There are many people making a difference. I mean, Dr. King never held an office. Gandhi never held an office. There are people who are archetypes in our society who have never held office and made a difference. Dennis Kucinich”

“As you may be well aware, marches and walks have been an integral part of our Indian tradition. Mahatma Gandhi marched several times to educate the people and also to learn something himself. Kailash Satyarthi”

“I believe that Gandhi was correct. Non-violent civil disobedience is the only way to bring about change that allows people to enjoy the change and not get killed in the process. Edward James Olmos”

“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you. Marian Wright Edelman”

“On Gandhi after his assassination: Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth! Albert Einstein”

“I was a little nervous backstage. But I had this book, Gandhi. I just read his quotes, closed my eyes and focused my thoughts. Presently, this book is my prized possession. Nafisa Joseph”

“One feels of him that there was much he did not understand, but not that there was anything that he was frightened of saying or thinking. George Orwell”

“Gandhi has asked that the British Government should walk out of India and leave the Indian people to settle differences among themselves, even if it means chaos and confusion. Stafford Cripps”

“I am really honoured but if the prize had gone to Mahatma Gandhi before me I would have been more honoured. Kailash Satyarthi (On winninng the Nobel Peace Prize)”

“Gandhi has more recently recognized the need for continuance of British, American and Chinese efforts in India and has suggested that these troops might remain by agreement with some new Indian Government. Stafford Cripps”

“Taken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi‘s views were the most enlightened of all the political men of our time. Albert Einstein”

“Gandhi and Nehru liberated us. By winning their freedom, they freed us from the ignorance and prejudice that lay behind the myth of Britain’s imperial destiny. Tony Benn”

“I don’t believe in anarchy, because it will ultimately amount to the power of the bully, with weapons. Gandhi is my life’s inspiration: passive resistance. Johnny Rotten”

“One was a book I read by Mahatma Gandhi. In it was a passage where he said that religion, the pursuing of the inner journey, should not be separated from the pursuing of the outer and social journey, because we are not isolated beings. Satish Kumar”

“Gandhi proved it is possible to fight for one’s people and win without for a moment losing the world’s respect. Albert Camus”

“In our generation, the role models were Gandhi and Nehru. We revered them. They were venerated personalities. Pranab Mukherjee”

“I believe in Gandhi‘s philosophy of the last man, that is, the bonded laborer is the last man in Indian society, that we are here to liberate the last man. Kailash Satyarthi”

“I want to be like Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, and John Lennon… but I want to stay alive. Madonna Ciccone”

“Dr. King used Gandhi‘s commitment to nonviolence and to passive resistance. Al Sharpton”


“Even if the paradise of material satisfactions, which they envisage as their final goal, were realize on earth, it would not bring mankind either contentment or peace.”

“A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.”

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“Part 1. Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.”

“Part 2. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment. He who is discontented, however much he possesses, becomes a slave to his desires.”

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

“Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”

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

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

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

“Truth without humility would be an arrogant caricature.”

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

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

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

“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”

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

“My faith is brightest in the midst of impenetrable darkness.”

“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

“Service without humility is selfishness and egotism.”

“What barrier is there that love cannot break?”

“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”

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

“The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.”

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

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.”

“To lose patience is to lose the battle.”

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

“That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.”

“It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.(This is one of my favorite Gandhi quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)”

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“If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior.”

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


“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.”

“Rationalists are admirable beings, rationalism is a hideous monster when it claims for itself omnipotence. Attribution of omnipotence to reason is as bad a piece of idolatry as is worship of stock and stone believing it to be God.”

“I do not believe that multiplication of wants and machinery contrived to supply them is taking the world a single step nearer its goal… I whole-heartedly detest this mad desire to destroy distance and time, to increase animal appetites and go to the ends of the earth in search of their satisfaction. If modern civilization stands for all this, and I have understood it to do so, I call it Satanic.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I will far rather see the race of man extinct than that we should become less than beasts by making the noblest of God’s creation, woman, the object of our lust.”

“Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.”

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

“Study not man in his animal nature – man following the laws of the jungle – but study man in all his glory.”

“Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”

“The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.”

“Nothing has saddened me so much in life as the hardness of heart of educated people.”

“The rich cannot accumulate wealth without the co-operation of the poor in society.”

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.”

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

“There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.”

“Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.”

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“If by abundance you mean everyone having plenty to eat and drink and to clothe himself with, enough to keep his mind trained and educated, I should be satisfied. But I should not like to pack more stuffs in my belly than I can digest and more things than I can ever usefully use. But neither do I want poverty, penury, misery, dirt, and dust in India.”

“The less you possess, the less you want, the better you are. And better for what? Not for enjoyment of this life, but for enjoyment of personal service to the fellow-beings; service which you dedicate yourself, body, soul and mind.”

“There is really no slavery equal to that of the desires. All the sages have declared from the house-tops that man can be his own worst enemy as well as his best friend. To be free or to be a slave lies in his own hands. And what is true for the individual is true for society.”

“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.”

“Just as one must not receive, so must one not possess anything which one does not really need. It would be a breach of this principle to possess unnecessary food-stuffs, clothing, or furniture. For instance, one must not keep a chair if one can do without it. In observing this principle one is led to a progressive simplification of one’s own life.”

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

“I know that I have still before me a difficult path to traverse. I must reduce myself to zero. So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him. Ahimsa is the farthest limit of humility.”

“True humility means most strenuous and constant endeavor entirely directed towards the service of humanity.”

“There is an orderliness in the universe, there is an unalterable law governing everything and every being that exists or lives. It is no blind law; for no blind law can govern the conduct of living beings.”

“The first condition of humaneness is a little humility and a little diffidence about the correctness of one’s conduct and a little receptiveness.”

“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.”

“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.”

“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.”

“The very first step in nonviolence is that we cultivate in our daily life, as between ourselves, truthfulness, humility, tolerance, loving kindness.”

“Part 1. It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important.”

“Part 2. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit.”

“Part 3. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action.”

“Part 4. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

“Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?”

“America aims at having a car for every citizen. I do not.”

“One, who abandons all desires, is free from pride and selfishness and behaves as one apart, finds peace.”

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

“He who would sacrifice his life for others has hardly time to reserve for himself a place in the sun.”

“I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.”

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

“Nonviolence is impossible without humility.”

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

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“My life is dedicated to service of India through the religion of nonviolence which I believed to be the root of Hinduism.”

“Nonviolence 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.”

“Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”

“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 have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.”

“We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.”

“To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.”

“If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty.”

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

“It’s my conviction that nothing enduring can be built on violence.”

“Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.”

“Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views.”

“Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.”

“Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.”

“Nonviolence is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward. It is the weapon of the brave.”

“Unless discipline is rooted in nonviolence, it might prove to be a source of infinite mischief.”

“Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.”

“Nonviolence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.”

“Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”

“Nonviolence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.”

“Violence is a concession to human weakness, satyagraha is an obligation.”

“Nonviolence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.”

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

“Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.”


“Part 1. Our first duty is that we should not be a burden on society, i.e., we should be self-dependent. From this point of view self-sufficiency itself is a kind of service.”

“Part 2. After becoming self-sufficient we shall use our spare time for the service of others. If all become self-sufficient, none will be in trouble.”

“Real education has to draw out the best from the boys and girls to be educated. This can never be done by packing ill-assorted and unwanted information into the heads of the pupils. It becomes a dead weight crushing all originality in them and turning them into mere automata.”

“Given the right kind of teachers, our children will be taught the dignity of labour and learn to regard it as an integral part and a means of their intellectual growth, and to realize that it is patriotic to pay for their training through their labour.”

“Character cannot be built with mortar and stone. It cannot be built by hands other than your own. The Principal and the Professor cannot give you character from the pages of books. Character building comes from their very lives really speaking, it must come from within yourselves.”

“An intellect that is developed through the medium of socially useful labour will be an instrument for service and will not easily be led astray or fall into devious paths.”

“If teachers impart all the knowledge in the world to their students but inculcate not truth and purity among them, they will have betrayed them and instead of raising them set them on the downward road to perdition.”

“I hold that, as the largest part of our time is devoted to labour for earning our bread, our children must from their infancy be taught the dignity of such labour.”

“Knowledge without character is a power for evil only, as seen in the instances of so many talented thieves and ‘gentlemen rascals’ in the world.”

“Literary training by itself adds not an inch to one’s moral height and that character-building is independent of literary training.”

“A wise parent allows the children to make mistakes. It is good for them once in a while to burn their fingers.”

“The utterly false idea that intelligence can be developed only through book-reading should give place to the truth that the quickest development of the mind can be achieved by artisan’s work being learnt in a scientific manner.”

“If India is not to declare spiritual bankruptcy, religious instruction of its youth must be held to be at least as necessary as secular instruction.”

“When it is remembered that the primary aim of all education is, or should be, the moulding of the character of pupils, a teacher who has a character to keep need not lost heart.”

“We have up to now concentrated on stuffing children’s minds with all kinds information, without ever thinking of stimulating and developing them. Let us now cry a halt and concentrate on education the child properly through manual work, not as a side activity, but as the prime means of intellectual training.”

“Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.”

“You have to train the boys in one occupation or another. Round this special occupation you will train up his mind, his body, his handwriting, his artistic sense, and so on. He will be master of the craft he learns.”

“There will have to be rigid and iron discipline before we achieve anything great and enduring, and that discipline will not come by mere academic argument and appeal to reason and logic. Discipline is learnt in the school of adversity.”

“Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind.”

“The students should be, above all, humble and correct… The greatest to remain great has to be the lowliest by choice.”

“There is no need of a teacher for those who know how to think.”

“Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.”

“Man will ever remain imperfect, and it will always be his part to try to be perfect.”

“Education must be of a new type for the sake of the creation of a new world.”

“Responsibility will mellow and sober the youth and prepare them, for the burden they must discharge.”

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

“There can be no knowledge without humility and the will to learn.”

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

“Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers.”

“It is for you and me to show that no vice is inherent in man.”

“Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.”

“Craft, art, health and education should all be integrated into one scheme.”

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.”


“Are creeds such simple things like the clothes which a man can change at will and put on at will? Creeds are such for which people live for ages and ages.”

“For me, the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree. Therefore, they are equally true, though being received and interpreted through human instruments equally imperfect.”

“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.”

“It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others’ religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world’s religions is a sacred duty.”

“Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison.”

“True meditation consists in closing the eyes and ears of the mind to all else except the object of one’s devotion. Hence closing of eyes during the prayers is an aid to such concentration.”

“Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one’s own religion.”

“Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.”

“Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.”

“All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.”

“I consider myself a Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, and Confucian.”

“A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.”

“I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.”

“I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.”

“I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.”

“Hypocrisy and distortion are passing currents under the name of religion.”

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

“In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.”

“Hinduism insists on the brotherhood of not only all mankind but of all that lives.”

“The dignity of man requires obedience to a higher law, to the strength of the spirit.”

“One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.”


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“Self-respect knows no considerations.”

“Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion.”

“Find purpose. The means will follow.”

“Live simply so that others may simply live.”

“In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.”

“Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.”

“Take care of this moment.”

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”

“There is no ‘way to peace’, there is only ‘peace’.”

“Peace is its own reward.”

“Truth is one, paths are many.”

“Doubt is invariably the result of want or weakness of faith.”

“Imitation is the sincerest flattery.”

“Action expresses priorities.”

“Fear has its use but cowardice has none.”

“The future depends on what you do today.”

“God has no religion.”


“If I 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.”

“The Seven Sins are: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Religion without sacrifice. Politics without principle.”

“The roots of violence: Wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principles.”

“Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.”

“The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall always see Truth in fragment and from different points of vision.””

“Just as a man would not cherish living in a body other than his own, so do nations not like to live under other nations, however noble and great the latter may be.”

“Do not judge others. Be your own judge and you will be truly happy. If you will try to judge others, you are likely to burn your fingers.”

“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.”

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.”

“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.”

“Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.”

“Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.”

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

“When you are right, you have no need to be angry. When you are wrong, you have no right to be angry.”

“Anger is the enemy of nonviolence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”

“A man of few words will rarely be thoughtless in his speech; he will measure every word.”

“If you take care of your immediate surroundings, the universe will take care of itself.”

“Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.”


“We do not know whether it is good to live or to die. Therefore, we should not take delight in living, nor should we tremble at the thought of death. We should be equiminded towards death.”

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

“Where death without resistance or death after resistance is the only way, neither party should think of resorting to law-courts or help from the government.”

“Life and death are but phases of the same thing, the reverse and obverse of the same coin. Death is as necessary for man’s growth as life itself.”

“Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.”

“I came alone in this world, I have walked alone in the valley of the shadow of death, and I shall quit alone when the time comes.”

“In the midst of death life persists.”

“If we weep for all the deaths in our country, the tears in our eyes would never dry.”

“To die in the act of killing is, in essence, to die defeated.”

“A courageous man prefers death to the surrender of self-respect.”

“The wise are unaffected either by death or life. These are but faces of the same coin.”

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

“What is imprisonment to the man who is fearless of death itself?”


“As I believe that silent prayer is often a mightier (force) than any overt act, in my helplessness I continuously pray in the faith that the prayer of a pure heart never goes unanswered.”

“Prayer needs no speech. It is in itself independent of any sensuous effort. But it must be combined with the utmost humility.”

“I believe that prayer is the very soul and essence of religion, and therefore prayer must be the very core of life of man, for no man can live without religion.”

“Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.”

“As food is necessary for the body, prayer is necessary for the soul. A man may be able to do without food for a number of days – as MacSwiney did for over 70 days – but believing in God, man cannot, should not, live a moment without prayer.”

“I can give my own testimony and say that a heartfelt prayer is undoubtedly the most potent instrument that man possesses for overcoming cowardice and all other bad old habits.”

“Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.”

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

“Close the day with prayer so that you may have a peaceful night free from dreams and nightmares.”

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness.”

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

“Prayer is for remembering God, and for purifying the heart and can be offered even when observing silence.”


“Part 1. We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body.”

“Part 2. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.”

“Part 3. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”

“Part 4. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

“He who runs to the doctor, vaidya, or hakim for every little ailment, and swallows all kinds of vegetable and mineral drugs, not only curtails his life, but by becoming the slave of his body instead of remaining its master, loses self-control, and ceases to be a man.”

“Part 1. I have naturally formed the habit of restraining my thoughts. A thoughtless word hardly ever escaped my tongue or pen. Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth.”

“Part 2. We find so many people impatient to talk. All this talking can hardly be said to be of any benefit to the world. It is so much waste of time.”

“Part 3. My shyness has been in reality my shield and buckler. It has allowed me to grow. It has helped me in my discernment of truth.”

“Fasting unto death is the last and the most potent weapon in the armoury of Satyagraha (a policy of passive political resistance). It is a sacred thing. But it must be accepted with all its implications. It is not the fast itself, but what it implies that matters.”

“For winning Swaraj one requires iron discipline. (Swaraj can mean self-governance or “self-rule” but the word usually refers to Gandhi’s concept for Indian independence from foreign domination)”

“Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.”

“The richest grace of ahimsa will descend easily upon the owner of hard discipline. (ahimsa is the principle of nonviolence toward all living things)”

“The human body is meant solely for service, never for indulgence. The secret of happy life lies in renunciation. Renunciation is life. Indulgence spells death.”

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.”

“Not until we have reduced ourselves to nothingness can we conquer the evil in us. God demands nothing less than complete self-surrender as the price for the only real freedom that is worth having.”

“Change yourself – you are in control.”

“Man is oftentimes weak-minded enough to be caught in the snare of greed and honeyed words.”

“Independence means voluntary restraints and discipline, voluntary acceptance of the rule of law.”

“Distinguish between real needs and artificial wants and control the latter.”

“The Swaraj of my dream recognizes no race or religious distinctions.”

“A man who would interpret the scriptures must have the spiritual discipline.”


“Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Former President of India)”

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will. Jawaharlal Nehru (Former Prime Minister of India)”

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama (Real name is Tenzin Gyatso, Tibetan buddhism monk)”

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Mother Teresa (Catholic nun and missionary)”

“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. Swami Vivekananda (Indian monk)”

“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Martin Luther King Jr (American minister and activist)”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela (Former President of South Africa)”

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein (Theoretical physicist)”

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi (Former Prime Minister of India)”

“Once we decide we have to do something, we can go miles ahead. Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India)”

“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore (Indian poet)”


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