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  • Truth quenches untruth, love quenches anger, self-suffering quenches violence. This eternal rule is a rule not for saints only but for all.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • Experience convinces me that permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence. Even if my belief is a fond delusion, it will be admitted that it is a fascinating delusion.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • It is the law of love that rules mankind. Had violence, i.e. hate, ruled us we should have become extinct long ago. And yet, the tragedy of it is that the so-called civilized men and nations conduct themselves as if the basis of society was violence.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)


  • Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • The hardest metal yields to sufficient heat. Even so must the hardest heart melt before sufficiency of the heat of non- violence. And there is no limit to the capacity of non-violence to generate heat.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • Human kind has to get out of violence only through nonviolence. Hatred can be overcome only by love. Counter-hatred only increases the surface as well as the depth of hatred.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • Poverty is the worst form of violence.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • In the application of Satyagraha, I discovered, in the earliest stages, that pursuit of Truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one's opponent, but that he must be weaned from error by patience and sympathy. For, what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean vindication of Truth, not by infliction of suffering on the opponent but one's own self.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)

  • A dissolute character is more dissolute in thought than in deed. And the same is true of violence. Our violence in word and deed is but a feeble echo of the surging violence of thought in us.
    (Mohandas Gandhi)


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