Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.
Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.
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.
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.
I cannot account for the existence of evil by any rational method. To want to do so is to be co-equal with God. I know that He has no evil in Him, and yet if there is evil, He is the author of it and yet untouched by it.
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
There is no occasion for women to consider themselves subordinate or inferior to men.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
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.
Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies.
This campaign of non-cooperation has no reference to diplomacy, secret or open. The only diplomacy it admits of is the statement and pursuance of truth at any cost.
Real suffering, bravely borne, melts even a heart of stone. Such is the potency of suffering. And there lies the key to Satyagraha.
It would conduce to national progress and save a great deal of time and trouble if we cultivated the habit of never supporting the resolutions either by speaking or voting for them if we had not either the intention or the ability to carry them out.
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.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
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.
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.
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.
Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
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.
I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
Non-cooperation is directed not against men but against measures. It is not directed against the Governors, but against the system they administer. The roots of non-cooperation lie not in hatred but in justice, if not in love.
The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or popular.
To me art in order to be truly great must, like the beauty of Nature, be universal in its appeal. It must be simple in its presentation and direct in its expression, like the language of Nature.
Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
Between husband and wife there should be no secrets from one another. I have a very high opinion of the marriage tie. I hold that husband and wife merge in each other. They are one in two or two in one.
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