Mahatma Gandhi Quotes: Choosing the Path of Nonviolence

Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869. He was a lawyer who practiced political ethics in his advocacies. He’s now known to the world as the man behind India’s independence from the Great Britain through nonviolent resistance.

Joining the Indian National Congress, he took on the mantle of leader in the 1920s. During this period, he spearheaded nationwide campaigns tackling poverty, women’s rights, religious harmony, and ending social exclusions. Most importantly, he advocated for Indian independence from British rule.

As means of political protest, Gandhi lived a very modest life, wore the the Indian loincloth to identify with India’s poor, and undertook 17 fasts. Gandi was imprisoned many times as a result of civil rights movements he had instigated and his opposition to foreign governance. In August 1947, Britain finally granted India its independence.

On January 30, 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu nationalist. He died at the age of 78. Widely considered as the Father of the Nation in India, his day of birth, October 2, is also regarded as the International Day of Nonviolence.

As a proponent of nonviolent political stance, Gandhi inspired civil rights leaders across the globe. His morality, his ethics, and his faith in the goodness of humanity helped change the world. Here are enlightening Mahatma Gandhi quotes on truth, freedom, and harmony.

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Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained. – Mahatma Gandhi

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

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man. – Mahatma Gandhi

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. – Mahatma Gandhi

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality. – Mahatma Gandhi

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It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity. – Mahatma Gandhi

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide. – Mahatma Gandhi

Self-respect knows no considerations. – Mahatma Gandhi

Where there is love there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi

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The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted. – Mahatma Gandhi

We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study. – Mahatma Gandhi

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. – Mahatma Gandhi

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi

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Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature. – Mahatma Gandhi

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

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. – Mahatma Gandhi

I am in the world feeling my way to light ‘amid the encircling gloom. – Mahatma Gandhi

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It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. – Mahatma Gandhi

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it. – Mahatma Gandhi

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. – Mahatma Gandhi

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mahatma Gandhi

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Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. – Mahatma Gandhi

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive. – Mahatma Gandhi

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress. – Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. – Mahatma Gandhi

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If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. – Mahatma Gandhi

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body. – Mahatma Gandhi

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. – Mahatma Gandhi

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi

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In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. – Mahatma Gandhi

There is more to life than increasing its speed. – Mahatma Gandhi

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

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

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Non-violence is the article of faith. – Mahatma Gandhi

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. – Mahatma Gandhi

Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men. – Mahatma Gandhi

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. – Mahatma Gandhi

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Poverty is the worst form of violence. – Mahatma Gandhi

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. – Mahatma Gandhi

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. – Mahatma Gandhi

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. – Mahatma Gandhi

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Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion. – Mahatma Gandhi

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear. – Mahatma Gandhi

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mahatma Gandhi

Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up. – Mahatma Gandhi

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. – Mahatma Gandhi

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Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment. – Mahatma Gandhi

It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful? – Mahatma Gandhi

Action expresses priorities. – Mahatma Gandhi

The good man is the friend of all living things. – Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi

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I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following. – Mahatma Gandhi

Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all. – Mahatma Gandhi

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

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. – Mahatma Gandhi

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi

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

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. – Mahatma Gandhi

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. – Mahatma Gandhi

Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit. – Mahatma Gandhi

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

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Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart. – Mahatma Gandhi

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart. – Mahatma Gandhi

Man is supposed to be the maker of his destiny. It is only partly true. He can make his destiny, only in so far as he is allowed by the Great Power. – Mahatma Gandhi

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. – Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. – Mahatma Gandhi

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Where love is, there God is also. – Mahatma Gandhi

It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh. – Mahatma Gandhi

I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough in me to confess my errors and to retrace my steps. – Mahatma Gandhi

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi

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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. – Mahatma Gandhi

All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take. – Mahatma Gandhi

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts. – Mahatma Gandhi

There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good. – Mahatma Gandhi

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. – Mahatma Gandhi

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