Mohandas Gandhi Quotes (262 Quotes)



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

    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.

    Let no one say that he is a follower of Gandhi. It is enough that I should be my own follower. I know what an inadequate follower I am of myself, for I cannot live up to the convictions I stand for. You are no followers but fellow students, fellow pilgrims, fellow seekers, fellow workers.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.

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

    No sacrifice is worth the name unless it is a joy. Sacrifice and a long face go ill together. Sacrifice is 'making sacred'. He must be a poor specimen of humanity who is in need of sympathy for his sacrifice.


    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.

    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.

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

    The spirit of non-violence necessarily leads to humility. Non-violence means reliance on God, the rock of ages. If we would seek his aid, we must approach Him with a humble and contrite heart.

    I do not want any patronage, as I do not give any. I am 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.

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

    When anything assumes the strength of a creed, it becomes self-sustained and derives the needed support from within.

    The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.


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