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.
Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.
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.
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.
Better far than cowardice is killing and being killed in battle.
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.
Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment.
Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
Abstract truth has no value unless it incarnates in human beings who represent it, by proving their readiness to die for it.
If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty.
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.
It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
Evil is, good or truth misplaced.
Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or lordliness. It consists in daring to do the right and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds, not in words.
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.
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.
The first condition of humaneness is a little humility and a little diffidence about the correctness of one's conduct and a little receptiveness.
A certain degree of physical harmony and comfort is necessary, but above a certain level it becomes a hindrance instead of a help. Therefore the ideal of creating an unlimited number of wants and satisfying them seems to be a delusion and a snare.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
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.
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.
Ill-digested principles are, if anything, worse than ill-digested food, for the latter harms the body and there is cure for it, whereas the former ruins the soul and there is no cure for it.
Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one's own religion.
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.
Self-respect knows no considerations.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
Everyone has faith in God though everyone does not know it. For everyone has faith in himself and that multiplied to the nth degree is God. The sum total of all that lives is God. We may not be God, but we are of God, even as a little drop of water is of the ocean.
I saw that nations like individuals could only be made through the agony of the Cross and in no other way. Joy comes not out of infliction of pain on others but out of pain voluntarily borne by oneself.
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
Non-violence 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.
Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth.
Truth quenches untruth, love quenches anger, self-suffering quenches violence. This eternal rule is a rule not for saints only but for all.
My trust is solely in god. And I trust men only because I trust God. If I had no God to rely upon, I should be like Timon, a hater of my species.
Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
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