Non-cooperation is an attempt to awaken the masses, to a sense of their dignity and power. This can only be done by enabling them to realize that they need not fear brute force, if they would but know the soul within.
Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands.
Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause.
The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless.
God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.
Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all.
Whenever I see an erring man, I say to myself I have also erred when I see a lustful man I say to myself, so was I once and in this way I feel kinship with everyone in the world and feel that I cannot be happy without the humblest of us being happy.
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
Peace is its own reward.
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.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
The test of friendship is assistance in adversity, and that too, unconditional assistance. Co-operation which needs consideration is a commercial contract and not friendship. Conditional co-operation is like adulterated cement which does not bind.
A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.
It is man's social nature which distinguishes him from the brute creation. If it is his privilege to be independent, it is equally his duty to be inter-dependent. Only an arrogant man will claim to be independent of everybody else and be self-contained.
But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.
God never appears to you in person but always in action.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
I want to see India free in my life-time. But God may not consider me fit enough to see the dream of my life fulfilled. Then I shall quarrel, not with Him but with myself.
I may live without air and water, but not without Him. You may pluck out my eyes, but that cannot kill me. You may chop off my nose but that will not kill me. But blast my belief in God, and I am dead.
I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.
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.
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.
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