You can't shake hands with a closed fist.
The future depends on what we do in the present.
Every good movement passes through five stages, indifference, ridicule, abuse, repression, and respect.
Education is the basic tool for the development of consciousness and the reconstitution of society.
In the midst of darkness, light persists.
A small group of determined and like-minded people can change the course of history.
People cannot hurt you without your permission.
Democracy is not a state in which people act like sheep.
The newspaperman has become a walking plague. He spreads the contagion of lies and calumnies.
Speed is irrelevant if you are going in the wrong direction.
The truth can never be wrong, even if no one hears it.
Let your life be your message.
When you are right,you have no need to be angry. When you are wrong, you have no right to be angry.
The world is big enough to satisfy everyones needs, but will always be too small to satisfy everyones greed.
There are two days in the year that we can not do anything, yesterday and tomorrow.
What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you is nothing compared to what lies within you.
I may be a despicable person, but when Truth speaks through me I am
Everyone holds a piece of the truth.
True beauty lies in purity of the heart.
Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.
They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then they will have my dead body, but not my obedience.
The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.
The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane." -- Mahatma Gandhi.
What barrier is there that love cannot break?
If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.
If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children; and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won't have to struggle; we won't have to pass fruitless idle resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which consciously or unconsciously the whole world is hungering.
It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one's acts.
There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.
There is no 'way to peace,' there is only 'peace.'
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.
The path is the goal.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.
All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.
My respectful study of other religions has not abated my reverence for or my faith in the Hindu scriptures.
Violence begins with the fork.
Wherever you are you will always be in my heart.
Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.
There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.
One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.
Hinduism insists on the brotherhood of not only all mankind but of all that lives.
The dignity of man requires obedience to a higher law, to the strength of the spirit.
In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.
I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.
To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness.
A democrat must be utterly selfless. He must think and dream not in terms of self or of party, but only of democracy.
Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong, but of the weak.
So far as I can see the atomic bomb has deadened the finest feeling that has sustained mankind for ages.
So far as I can see, the atomic bomb has deadened the finest feeling that has sustained for ages. There used to be so-called laws of war, which made it tolerable. Now we know the truth. War knows no law except that of might. The atomic bomb brought an empty victory but it resulted for the time being in destroying the soul of Japan. What has happened to the soul of the destroying nation is yet too early to see.
Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today.
Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.
Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. And a citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption and lawlessness.
Independence means voluntary restraints and discipline, voluntary acceptance of the rule of law.
A man who would interpret the scriptures must have the spiritual discipline.
Distinguish between real needs and artificial wants and control the latter.
It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.
A definite forgiveness would mean a definite recognition of our strength.
Man will ever remain imperfect, and it will always be his part to try to be perfect.
Responsibility will mellow and sober the youth and prepare them, for the burden they must discharge.
Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers.
I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower animal world if we are superior to it.
Violence is a concession to human weakness, satyagraha is an obligation.
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. Violence is any day preferable to impotence. There is hope for a violent man to become non-violent. There is no such hope for the impotent.
Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity.
Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity...If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior...If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with women.
The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.
If you want real peace in the world, start with children.
The wise are unaffected either by death or life. These are but faces of the same coin.
Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.
Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth.
A man of truth must also be a man of care.
Civilization is the encouragement of differences.
Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.
The golden rule to apply in all such cases is resolutely to refuse to have what millions cannot.
If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.
If you take care of your immediate surroundings, the universe will take care of itself.
Nothing has saddened me so much in life as the hardness of heart of educated people.
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
There is force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.
Find purpose. The means will follow.
God has no religion.
The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.
My faith is brightest in the midst of impenetrable darkness.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.
Service without humility is selfishness and egotism.
It is weakness which breeds fear, and fear breeds distrust.
Speak only if it improves upon the silence.
My life is my message.
I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
When the ego dies, the soul awakes.
A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
Meditation is waiting on God.
The golden way is to be friends with the world and to regard the whole human family as one.
You must not lose faith in humanity.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.
Fearlessness presupposes calmness and peace of mind.
May the work of your hands be a sign of gratitude and reverence to the human condition.
Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind.
All business depends upon men fulfilling their responsibilities.
Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.
Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.
This means the when you go to sleep you close your eyes and you are and look like you are dead but then when you wake up it looks like you are reborn because you are up and ready.
Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them-a desire, a dream, a vison.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
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