All around the world, the Mahatma Gandhi persona has become a sort of radar for freedom and hope for the oppressed. Anti-War Activist, Mahatma Gandhi popularized the idea of (mass) civil disobedience.
A UK educated attorney who led the India independent movement and exported his civil rights vision to South Africa during the Apartheid regime, where he defended the legal rights of Indians in the region for 2 decades.
He remains the most notable political and spiritual leader in Indian history- a selfless advocate for the plight of the poor, segregation and unjust taxation. As a lover of justice and fairness; and a faith-filled character, Gandhi spared no room for mediocrity, with subtle but effective stance, he succeeded in bringing imperialism and discrimination to a halt in India.
Mahatma Gandhi was clearly allergic to violence, led a simplistic life- ate like a vegan, made his clothes and fasted as a spiritual requisite to win the battle. Till the Indian independence in 1947, Gandhi was in and out of jail.
In 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was shot by a religious extremist in New Delhi, still in the course of sowing the seed of peace and unity in India; he died at the age of 78.
These are some of the thoughtful quotes of the great Indian soul, Mahatma Gandhi:
1. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
2. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
3. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
4. Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
5. You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
6. A leader is useless when he acts against the promptings of his own conscience.
7. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
8. It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
9. An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
10. Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
11. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
12. A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
13. Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
14. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
15. Be the change you want to see in the world.
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16. A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
17. Hate the sin, love the sinner.
18. God has no religion.
19. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
20. To answer brutality with brutality is to admit one’s moral and intellectual bankruptcy and it can only start a viscous cycle.
21. Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
22. 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.