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quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Untouchability is an error of long standing. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Untouchability is an error of long standing.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Untouchability is a terrible reality. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Untouchability is a terrible reality.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: My fight against untouchability is a fight against the impure in humanity. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

My fight against untouchability is a fight against the impure in humanity.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: I would not sell the vital interests of the untouchables for the sake of winning the freedom of India. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

I would not sell the vital interests of the untouchables for the sake of winning the freedom of India.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The purification required is not of untouchables but of the so-called superior castes. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The purification required is not of untouchables but of the so-called superior castes.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Anger, lust and such other evil passions raging in the heart are the real untouchables. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Anger, lust and such other evil passions raging in the heart are the real untouchables.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Even a little untruth destroys a man, as a drop of poison ruins milk. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Even a little untruth destroys a man, as a drop of poison ruins milk.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Truth and untruth often co-exist; good and evil often are found together. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Truth and untruth often co-exist; good and evil often are found together.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: I call myself a labourer because I take pride in calling myself a spinner, weaver, farmer and scavenger. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

I call myself a labourer because I take pride in calling myself a spinner, weaver, farmer and scavenger.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Satyagraha, of which civil resistance is but a part, is to me the universal law of life. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Satyagraha, of which civil resistance is but a part, is to me the universal law of life.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Ahimsa is an attribute of the brave. Cowardice and ahimsa don't go together any more that water and fire. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Ahimsa is an attribute of the brave. Cowardice and ahimsa don't go together any more that water and fire.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: A person unbound by vows can never be absolutely relied upon. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

A person unbound by vows can never be absolutely relied upon.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Blind adoration, in the age of action, is perfectly valueless, is often embarrassing and, equally, often painful. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Blind adoration, in the age of action, is perfectly valueless, is often embarrassing and, equally, often painful.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The force of the spirit is ever progressive and endless. Its full expression makes it unconquerable in the world. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The force of the spirit is ever progressive and endless. Its full expression makes it unconquerable in the world.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: With every true friendship, we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole world rests. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

With every true friendship, we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole world rests.

--Mahatma Gandhi

Longer Version:

With every true friendship we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole world rests. Thought by thought and act by act, with every breath we build more firmly the kingdom of non-violence that is the true home of the spirit of humanity.


quote by Mahatma Gandhi: If we would be pure, if we would save Hinduism, we must rid ourselves of this poison of enforced widowhood. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

If we would be pure, if we would save Hinduism, we must rid ourselves of this poison of enforced widowhood.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: In matters concerning religion, I consider myself not a child but an adult with 35 years of experience. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

In matters concerning religion, I consider myself not a child but an adult with 35 years of experience.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: There is nothing that wastes the body like worry. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry.

--Mahatma Gandhi

Longer Version:

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.


quote by Mahatma Gandhi: It is necessary first to purify the drunken and dissolute worshippers in charge of some of these temples. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

It is necessary first to purify the drunken and dissolute worshippers in charge of some of these temples.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: A balanced intellect presupposes a harmonious growth of body, mind and soul. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

A balanced intellect presupposes a harmonious growth of body, mind and soul.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Unless our hands go hand in hand with our heads, we will be able to do nothing whatsoever. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Unless our hands go hand in hand with our heads, we will be able to do nothing whatsoever.

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quote by Mahatma Gandhi: A man's true wealth hereafter is the good he has done to his fellowmen. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

A man's true wealth hereafter is the good he has done to his fellowmen.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Renunciation means absence of hankering after fruit. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Renunciation means absence of hankering after fruit.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: We must become the change we want to see. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

We must become the change we want to see.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Even a single lamp dispels the deepest darkness. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Even a single lamp dispels the deepest darkness.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Cow protection to me is one of the most wonderful phenomena in the human evolution. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Cow protection to me is one of the most wonderful phenomena in the human evolution.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Ahimsa can be practiced only towards those that are inferior to you in every way. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Ahimsa can be practiced only towards those that are inferior to you in every way.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: How can I even secretly harbour the thought that my neighbour's faith is inferior to mine? with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

How can I even secretly harbour the thought that my neighbour's faith is inferior to mine?

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The Truth is far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The Truth is far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Ahimsa in theory no one knows. It is as indefinable as God. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Ahimsa in theory no one knows. It is as indefinable as God.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The Vedas are as indefinable as God and Hinduism. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The Vedas are as indefinable as God and Hinduism.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: There is an indefinable mysterious Power that pervades everything. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

There is an indefinable mysterious Power that pervades everything.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Ahimsa and Truth are so intertwined that it is practically impossible to disentangle and separate them. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Ahimsa and Truth are so intertwined that it is practically impossible to disentangle and separate them.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: When large numbers of wholly innocent men are in jail, we may take it that Swaraj is at hand. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

When large numbers of wholly innocent men are in jail, we may take it that Swaraj is at hand.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The earth has everything for all human needs, but nothing for his greed. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The earth has everything for all human needs, but nothing for his greed.

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quote by Mahatma Gandhi: India is less manly under the British rule than she ever was before. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

India is less manly under the British rule than she ever was before.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Every fight is one between different angles of vision illuminating the same truth. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Every fight is one between different angles of vision illuminating the same truth.

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quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Any imposition from without means compulsion. Such compulsion is repugnant to religion. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Any imposition from without means compulsion. Such compulsion is repugnant to religion.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: It amazes me to find an intelligent person who fights against something which he does not at all believe exists. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

It amazes me to find an intelligent person who fights against something which he does not at all believe exists.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: All true art must help the soul to realize its inner self. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

All true art must help the soul to realize its inner self.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Life is one indivisible whole. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Life is one indivisible whole.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: All faiths constitute a revelation of Truth, but all are imperfect and liable to error. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

All faiths constitute a revelation of Truth, but all are imperfect and liable to error.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: There is always a limit to self-indulgence, but none to self-restraint. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

There is always a limit to self-indulgence, but none to self-restraint.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: When there is war, the poet lays down the lyre, the lawyer his law reports, the schoolboy his books. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

When there is war, the poet lays down the lyre, the lawyer his law reports, the schoolboy his books.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: A faith gained in strength only when people were willing to lay down their lives for it. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

A faith gained in strength only when people were willing to lay down their lives for it.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: A vow imparts stability, ballast and firmness to one's character. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

A vow imparts stability, ballast and firmness to one's character.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: What the two hands of the labourer can achieve, the capitalist will never get with all his gold and silver. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

What the two hands of the labourer can achieve, the capitalist will never get with all his gold and silver.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Kashmir is the real test of secularism in India. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Kashmir is the real test of secularism in India.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: All the dry ethics of the world turn to dust because apart from God they are lifeless. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

All the dry ethics of the world turn to dust because apart from God they are lifeless.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Personally I like to believe that all become honest, the millennium is round the corner! with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Personally I like to believe that all become honest, the millennium is round the corner!

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Machinery is the chief symbol of modern civilization; it represents a great sin. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Machinery is the chief symbol of modern civilization; it represents a great sin.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The prince and the peasant will not be equalized by cutting off the prince's head. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The prince and the peasant will not be equalized by cutting off the prince's head.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: God is omnipresent; even a pebble in the Narmada can represent Him and serve as an object of worship. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

God is omnipresent; even a pebble in the Narmada can represent Him and serve as an object of worship.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: To remove untouchability is a penance that caste Hindus owe to Hinduism and to themselves. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

To remove untouchability is a penance that caste Hindus owe to Hinduism and to themselves.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The message of khaddar can penetrate to the remotest villages if we only will that it shall be so. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The message of khaddar can penetrate to the remotest villages if we only will that it shall be so.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: I believe in absolute oneness of God and therefore also of humanity. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

I believe in absolute oneness of God and therefore also of humanity.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The final goal of all religions is to realise the essential oneness. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The final goal of all religions is to realise the essential oneness.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: An India prostrate at the feet of Europe can give no hope to humanity. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

An India prostrate at the feet of Europe can give no hope to humanity.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: There is no hope for the aching world except through the narrow and straight path of nonviolence. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

There is no hope for the aching world except through the narrow and straight path of nonviolence.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.

--Mahatma Gandhi

Longer Version:

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it -- always.


quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Let our lives be open books for all to study. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Let our lives be open books for all to study.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: A vow must lead one upwards, never downwards towards perdition. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

A vow must lead one upwards, never downwards towards perdition.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Evil is, good or truth misplaced. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Evil is, good or truth misplaced.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: A man who wants to control his animal passions easily does so if he controls his palate. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

A man who wants to control his animal passions easily does so if he controls his palate.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Centralization as a system is inconsistent with a non-violent structure of society. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Centralization as a system is inconsistent with a non-violent structure of society.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: If love or non-violence be not the law of our being, the whole of my argument falls to pieces. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

If love or non-violence be not the law of our being, the whole of my argument falls to pieces.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Performance of duty and observance of morality are convertible terms. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Performance of duty and observance of morality are convertible terms.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: So long as we fear the outside world, we must cease to think of Swaraj. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

So long as we fear the outside world, we must cease to think of Swaraj.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Mankind is one, seeing that all are equally subject to the moral law. All men are equal in God's eyes. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Mankind is one, seeing that all are equally subject to the moral law. All men are equal in God's eyes.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: It is difficult for me to regard anyone who obeys no moral principle in his conduct to be a religious man. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

It is difficult for me to regard anyone who obeys no moral principle in his conduct to be a religious man.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: For me popular violence is as much an obstruction in our path as the Government violence. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

For me popular violence is as much an obstruction in our path as the Government violence.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: That economics is untrue which ignores or disregards moral values. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

That economics is untrue which ignores or disregards moral values.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: I should wish to die if a man who is impure should parade his purity in front of me. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

I should wish to die if a man who is impure should parade his purity in front of me.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: No empire intoxicated with the red wine of power and the plunder of weaker races has yet lived long in this world. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

No empire intoxicated with the red wine of power and the plunder of weaker races has yet lived long in this world.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Voluntary service of others demands the best of which one is capable, and must take precedence over service of self. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Voluntary service of others demands the best of which one is capable, and must take precedence over service of self.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Swaraj, without any qualifying clause, includes that which is better than the best one can conceive or have today. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Swaraj, without any qualifying clause, includes that which is better than the best one can conceive or have today.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: I must try to live in society and yet remain untouched by its pitfalls. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

I must try to live in society and yet remain untouched by its pitfalls.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: A resolute and wise refusal to take part in festivities will be an incentive for introspection and self-purification. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

A resolute and wise refusal to take part in festivities will be an incentive for introspection and self-purification.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: If physical fasting is not accompanied by mental fasting it is bound to end in hypocrisy and disaster. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

If physical fasting is not accompanied by mental fasting it is bound to end in hypocrisy and disaster.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: I must not refrain from saying that India can gain more by waiving the right of punishment. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

I must not refrain from saying that India can gain more by waiving the right of punishment.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The removal of untouchability is a question of the purification of Hinduism. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The removal of untouchability is a question of the purification of Hinduism.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Carrying arms for the removal of the Arms Act can never fall under any scheme of nonviolence. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Carrying arms for the removal of the Arms Act can never fall under any scheme of nonviolence.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The propagation of truth and nonviolence can be done less by books than by actually living on those principles. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The propagation of truth and nonviolence can be done less by books than by actually living on those principles.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Every expression of truth has in it the seeds of propagation, even as the sun cannot hide its light. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Every expression of truth has in it the seeds of propagation, even as the sun cannot hide its light.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Real beauty is my aim. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Real beauty is my aim.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: A plea for the spinning wheel is a plea for recognizing the dignity of labour. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

A plea for the spinning wheel is a plea for recognizing the dignity of labour.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Renunciation is everyone's prerogative. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Renunciation is everyone's prerogative.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Real education consists in drawing the best out of yourself. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Real education consists in drawing the best out of yourself.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: What God may have enabled me to do is but a repayment of debt, and he who repays a debt deserves no praise. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

What God may have enabled me to do is but a repayment of debt, and he who repays a debt deserves no praise.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: God demands nothing less than self -- surrender as the price for the only real freedom that is worth having. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

God demands nothing less than self -- surrender as the price for the only real freedom that is worth having.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: There is nothing but nonviolence to fall back upon for retaining our freedom, even as we had to do for gaining it. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

There is nothing but nonviolence to fall back upon for retaining our freedom, even as we had to do for gaining it.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Touch-me-notism that disfigures the present day Hinduism is a morbid growth. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Touch-me-notism that disfigures the present day Hinduism is a morbid growth.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Prosecution of the constructive programme means constructing the structure of Swaraj. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Prosecution of the constructive programme means constructing the structure of Swaraj.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Cow-protection can only be secured by cultivating universal friendliness, i.e. ahimsa. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Cow-protection can only be secured by cultivating universal friendliness, i.e. ahimsa.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Sanitation is more important than Independence. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Sanitation is more important than Independence.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: Only an arrogant man will claim to be independent of everybody else and be self-contained. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

Only an arrogant man will claim to be independent of everybody else and be self-contained.

--Mahatma Gandhi
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: The strength to kill is not essential for self-defence; one ought to have the strength to die. with background image: photo of author Mahatma Gandhi with quote

The strength to kill is not essential for self-defence; one ought to have the strength to die.

--Mahatma Gandhi

Longer Version:

The strength to kill is not essential for self-defense; one ought to have the strength to die. When a man is fully ready to die, he will not even desire to offer violence. Indeed, I may put it down as a self-evident proposition that the desire to kill is in inverse proportion to the desire to die. And history is replete with instances of men who by dying with courage and compassion on their lips converted the hearts of their violent opponents.


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