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.
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.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
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.
There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
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.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.
It is foolish to think that by fleeing one can trick the dread god of death. Let us treat him as a beneficent angel rather than a dread god. We must face and welcome him whenever he comes.
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