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Pen drawing of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi by T. Kinnes
Mohandas Gandhi

Below are about 200 quotations of Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi (1869-1948), and some 70 extracts (abridged Gandhi statements) in addition. They are intermingled. Main sources for the page references are at the bottom of the page.

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A [good] student is he who continuously uses his faculty of observation, puts two and two together and carves out for himself a path in life. [Gandhi, XXVI-877]

A balanced intellect presupposes a harmonious growth of body, mind and soul. [Gandhi, MM-379]

A beginning step in nonviolence is that we cultivate in our daily life truthfulness, enough tolerance, and some loving. [Mod. Gandhi, T-4-236]

A government builds its prestige upon the apparently voluntary association of the governed. [Gandhi, T-2-45]

Mahatam Mohandas Gandhi Quotations. Illustration by T. Kinnes
God must rule the heart and transform it. [Cf. saying by Gandhi]
A mouse hardly forgives a cat when it allows itself to be torn to pieces by her. [Gandhi, T-24]

A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. [Gandhi, T-5-10]

A perfect Muslim is he from whose tongue and hands mankind is safe. [Gandhi, T-7-309]

An all-round village service-man [samagra gramsevak] has to know everybody living in the village and render them such service as he can. [With Gandhi, T-7-46]

A satyagrahi is to be law-abiding. [With Gandhi, MM-170]

A satyagrahi must ceaselessly strive to realize and live truth. [Gandhi, T-8-9]

A satyagrahi should have a living faith in God. [Gandhi, T-5-92]

A soldier fights with an irresistible strength when he has blown up his bridges and burnt his boats. Even so, it is with a soldier of non-violence. [Gandhi, T-5-127]

A true Brahmin should be the very image of humility and not be proud of his knowledge or wisdom. [Gandhi, T-3-270]

A university needs most of all the intelligent backing of people. [Cf. Gandhi, T-8-165]

A votary of non-violence . . . will strive for the greatest good of all and die in the attempt to realize the ideal. [Gandhi, TIG-139]

A warrior, whether offensive or defensive, suffers a collapse if he finds that his warring capacity is unwanted. [With Gandhi, T-5-296]

Above and beyond Light and Life God is conscience. [With Gandhi, XXVI-224]

Agricultural colleges to be worthy of the name must be self-supporting. [Gandhi, EWE-26]

All the dry ethics of the world turn to dust because apart from God they are lifeless. [Gandhi, MM-72]

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts . . . [Gandhi]

An awakened people who rely upon their nonviolent strength are independent in the face of any conceivable combination of the armed powers. [Gandhi, T-5-19]

As the state is a soulless machine, the soul can never be weaned from violence. [Cf. Gandhi, T-4-11]

Belief in God has to be based on faith which transcends reason. [Cf. Gandhi, MM-54]

Buddha emphasized and redeclared the eternal and unalterable existence of the moral government of this universe. [Gandhi, T-2-293]

Buddha never rejected Hinduism, but he broadened its base. He gave it a new life and a new interpretation. [Gandhi, T-2-292]

By reckless indulgence in their passions, parents serve for their children as models for unrestrained license. [Gandhi, T-2-224]

Cities dominate and drain the villages. [With Gandhi, MM-370]

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become corrupt enough. [With Gandhi, T-2-76]

Civil disobedience is not only the natural right of a people, especially when they have no effective voice in their own Government, but that it is also a substitute for violence or armed rebellion. [Gandhi, T-3-153]

Civil disobedience is the assertion of a right which law should give but which it denies. [Gandhi, T-6-13]

Civilization based on nonviolence must be different from that organized for violence. [Gandhi, T-5-209]

Civilizations have come and gone and, in spite of our vaunted progress, I am tempted to ask again and again, 'To what purpose?' [Gandhi, T-2-295]

Consider writing as a fine art . . . [Gandhi, T-4-164]

Contraceptives are an insult to womanhood. [Gandhi, MM-288]

Cow preservation is an article of faith in Hinduism. [Gandhi, T-3-290]

Cowardice and non-violence don't go together any more than water and fire. [Gandhi, T-5-189]

Crime is [in part] a product of the prevalent social system. [Cf. Gandhi, MM-160]

Death is blessed for someone who dies for truth. [Abr. Gandhi, T-2-237]

Decency must be capable of standing the severest strain. [Mod Gandhi, T-8-132]

Democracy and dependence on the military and police are incompatible. [Gandhi, MM-347]

Democracy can only represent the average, if not less than the average. [Gandhi, MM-343]

Democracy is not a state in which people act like sheep. [Gandhi, MM-341]

Democracy, disciplined and enlightened, is [one of the] finest thing[s] in the world. [With Gandhi, MM-338]

Dharma is what is enjoined by holy books, followed by real sages, and appeals to the heart. [Cf. Gandhi, MM-65]

Differences of opinion should never mean hostility. [Gandhi, MM-10]

Dignity of human nature requires that we must face the storms of life. [Gandhi, T-3-130]

Disorder and violence might check the pace of India's progress. [With Gandhi, T-7-22]

Do not waste even a minute of your time. [With Gandhi, XXVI-272]

Drink [severe drink] makes a man forget himself [and] become less than a beast. [With Gandhi, XXVI-350]

Drink is not a fashion in India as it is in the West. [Gandhi, T-2-228]

Economic equality is the master-key to nonviolent independence. [Gandhi, MM-257]

Economics that hurt the moral well-being of an individual or a nation are immoral and therefore sinful. [Gandhi, MM-263]

Education should be so revolutionized as to answer the wants of the poorest villager, instead of answering those of an imperial exploiter. [Gandhi, T-4-182]

Europe is today only nominally Christian. It is really worshipping Mammon. [Gandhi, TIG-143]

Every affliction has its own rich lesson to teach, if we would learn it. [Gandhi, T-8-24]

Evil can never result from good action. [Gandhi, XXV-520]

Far better than emasculation would be the bravery of those who use physical force. Far better than cowardice would be meeting one's death fighting. [Gandhi, T-4-237]

Fight if you must on the path of righteousness and God will be with you. [Gandhi, MM-206]

For a nonviolent struggle [the] blind, the maimed and the bed-ridden may serve, and not only men but women also. [Gandhi, T-4-141]

For me the Inner Voice or 'the still small voice' mean one and the same thing. [With Gandhi, TIG-2]

Forgiveness adorns a soldier. [Gandhi, T-2-4]

Go on discovering new applications of the law of non-violence [to] profit by it. [With Gandhi, T-5-80]

God alone is truth and everything else is transitory and illusory. [Gandhi, XXVI-265]

God has enabled man to distinguish between his sister, his mother, his daughter and his wife. [Gandhi, MM-272]

God is conscience. He is even the atheism of the atheist. [Gandhi, TIG-10]

God must rule the heart and transform it. [Cf. Gandhi, TIG-8]

God was the only infallible help, guide and friend. [Abr. Gandhi, T-8-97]

God-given religion is beyond all speech. [Gandhi, TIG-65]

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. [Gandhi]

Have orderliness and peace and repose in the daily acts. [Mod. Gandhi, TIG-43]

Himsa [violence etc.] does not need to be taught. [Gandhi, T-5-316]

Hindus, if they want unity among different races, must have the courage to trust the minorities. [Gandhi, T-2-133]

I acknowledge no other God but the one God of truth and righteousness. [Gandhi, T-2-375]

I always base my optimism on solid facts. [Gandhi, T-2-152]

I am a seasoned soldier of nonviolence, and I have evidence enough to sustain my faith. [Gandhi, T-5-222]

I am not anti-English, I am not anti-British, I am not anti-any Government, but I am anti-untruth, anti-humbug and anti-injustice. [Gandhi, MM-322]

I can no more tolerate the yoke of Bolshevism as described by [the humanist] Mr. [M. N.] Roy * than of capitalism. [Gandhi, XXV-531]

I can see that in the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists. Hence I gather that God is life, Truth, Light. He is Love. He is the supreme good. [Gandhi, T-2-313]

I declare that we cannot win Swaraj for our famishing millions, for our deaf and dumb, for our lame and crippled, by the way of the sword. [Gandhi, T-3-77]

I desire no honour if I have to conceal my religious beliefs in order to have it. [Gandhi, XIV-235]

I find a solace in the Bhagavadgita and Upanishads that I miss even in the Sermon on the Mount. [Gandhi, MM-94]

I have always counted myself as a woman. [Gandhi, T-7-87]

I have evidence enough to sustain my faith. [Gandhi, T-5-222]

I have looked up the dictionary meaning of socialism. It takes me no further than where I was before I read the definition. [Gandhi, BUNCH-118]

I have never, even in my dream, thought that . . . others were alpatma (little soul). [Gandhi, T-5-161]

I have not hesitated to call the system of Government under which we are labouring 'satanic' and I withdraw naught out of it. [Gandhi, T-2-200]

I have sacrificed no principle to gain a political advantage. [Gandhi, XXVI-285]

I know of no . . . sect that has done or is doing without its house of God. [Gandhi, T-3-194]

I must declare my faith that it is better for India to discard violence altogether even for defending her borders. [Gandhi, T-5-178]

I own no property and am perhaps the richest man in the world. [Mod Gandhi, XXVI-561]

I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. [Gandhi]

I want freedom for the full expression on my personality. [Gandhi]

I would like to say that even the teaching themselves of the Koran cannot be exempt from criticism. [Gandhi, XXVI-226]

I would not sell the vital interests of the untouchables for the sake of winning the freedom of India. [Gandhi, T-3-128]

If India becomes the slave of the machine, then, I say, heaven save the world. [Gandhi, MM-404]

If one man gains spiritually, the whole world gains with him. [Gandhi, XXV-390]

If Swaraj is to be had by peaceful methods, it will only be attained by attention to every little detail of national life. [Gandhi, T-2-360]

If the lambs of the world had been willingly led, they would have long ago saved themselves . . . [Gandhi, T-2-52 - (Heh!)

If the mad race for armaments continues, it is bound to result in a slaughter such as has never occurred in history. [Gandhi, MM-4]

If the promise inscribed on a promissory note is not honoured, the promissory note is worth nothing and fit only to be burn to pieces and thrown away. [Gandhi, T-7-118]

If untouchability is eradicated from the Hindu heart, root and branch, then Hinduism has a definite message for the world. [Gandhi, T-4-99]

If we all discharge our duties, rights will not be far to seek. [Gandhi, XXV-564]

If we are nonviolent through and through, our nonviolence would have been self-evident. [Gandhi, T-3-298]

If we have listening ears, God speaks to us in our own language, whatever that language be. [Gandhi, T-7-110]

If you have no character to lose, people will have no faith in you. [Gandhi, T-3-234]

If you must kill English officials, why not kill me instead? [Gandhi, T-3-102]

If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them. [Gandhi, XXV-509]

Imperialism . . . does ungodly acts in the name of God. [Gandhi, XXV-19]

In a nonviolent army, the authority of the general and the officers is a moral one, mainly. [Cf. Gandhi, T-4-298]

In all the countries in the world, possession of inordinate wealth by individuals should be held as a loss of humanity. [Cf. Gandhi, T-4-174]

In God lies ethics and morality.*

In mass civil resistance leadership is essential; in individual civil resistance every resister is his own leader. [Gandhi, T-3-310]

In my humble opinion, non-co-operation with evil is as much a duty as is co-operation with good. [Gandhi, T-2-100]

In nature cure, everybody can be his or her own doctor, not so in the various systems of medicine. [Gandhi, TIG-1]

In satyagraha, a courted imprisonment carries its own inward praise, at least. [Cf. Gandhi, T-5-302]

In Swaraj [self-rule], it is necessary for [people] to know their duties. [Gandhi, MM-135]

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. [Gandhi]

In the case of the Indian villager, an age-old culture is hidden under entrustment of crudeness. [Gandhi, MM-362]

In the dictionary of satyagraha [holding on to truth, etc.], there is no enemy. [Gandhi, T-5-162]

In the midst of untruth truth persists. [Gandhi, T-2-313]

India free from exploitation from within and without must prosper with astonishing rapidity. [Gandhi, T-3-72]

India's way is not Europe's, and India lives in seven hundred thousand villages. [With Gandhi, XXVI-286]

Intolerance is . . . disgraceful. [Abr. Gandhi, T-7-396]

It is a bad carpenter who quarrels with his tools. [Gandhi, T-4-167]

It is a first class human tragedy that people of the earth who claim to believe in the message of Jesus, whom they describe as the Prince of Peace, show little of that belief in actual practice. [Gandhi, TIG-145]

It is poor faith that needs fair weather for standing firm. That alone is true faith that stands the foulest weather. [Gandhi, XXV-337]

It was against the spirit of non-violence to overawe even one person into submission. [Gandhi, T-7-388]

It was the cowards who died many times before their death. [Gandhi, T-7-110]

Khaddar brings a ray of hope to the widow's broken-up home. [Gandhi, T-2-256]

Let no one try to justify the glaring difference between . . . the prince and the pauper by saying that the former need more. [Gandhi, T-7-47]

Life becomes livable only to the extent that death is treated as a friend, never as an enemy. [Gandhi, T-8-205]

Literature, full of the virus of itself-indulgence, served out in attractive forms, is flooding this country from the West, and there is the greatest need for our youth to be on their guard. [Gandhi, T-2-319]

Man who forsakes Truth can forsake his country and his nearest and dearest ones. [Gandhi, T-2-236]

Many persons claiming different faiths make us one and an indivisible nation. All these have an equal claim to be the nationals of India. [Gandhi, T-8-65]

Marriage is a comfort man or woman seeks for himself or herself. [With Gandhi, XXVI-285]

Marriage must cease to be arranged by parents for money. [Cf. Gandhi, MM-298]

Mass illiteracy is India's sin and shame and must be liquidated. [Gandhi, EWE-29]

Men like me feel that untouchability is . . . an excrescence. [Gandhi, T-3-183]

Modern civilization has taught us to convert night into day and golden silence into brazen din and noise. [Gandhi, TIG-60]

Modern civilization is the kingdom of Satan, and ancient civilization [of India] is the Kingdom of God. [With Gandhi, X-189]

Mother cow is as useful dead as when she is alive. [Gandhi, MM-387]

Much can be judged by the way animals are treated. [Cf. Gandhi]

Much machinery merely helps a few to ride on the backs of millions. [Mod. Gandhi, T-2-161]

My austerities, fastings and prayers are, I know of no value, if I rely upon them for reforming me. [Gandhi, TIG-153]

My conception of dominion status implies present ability to sever the British connection if I wish to. [Gandhi, T-2-382]

My errors have not been in appreciating the true nature of truth and non-violence or in their application. [Mod Gandhi, T-2-204]

My experiments I hold to be infinitely more important than the best equipped Himalayan expeditions. [Gandhi, MM-8]

My heart rebels against any foreigner imposing on my country the peace which is here, called Pax Britannica. [Gandhi, T-2-201]

My machinery must be of the [simple] type which I can put in the home of the millions. [With Gandhi, T-3-135]

My motto is "Unite now, today if you can; fight if you must. But in every case avoid British intervention." [Gandhi, XXVI-233]

My religion and my patriotism derived from my religion embrace all life. [Gandhi, T-2-353]

My Swaraj [self-rule] takes note of . . . the weakest of the weak, and except the spinning wheel I know no other thing which befriends all these. [Gandhi, XXV-564]

Nature abhors weakness. [Gandhi, T-2-240]

Never contemplate hurting anyone by thought, word or deed. [Gandhi, T-8-9]

No country can become a nation by producing a race of imitators. [Gandhi, EWE-474]

No democracy is possible without [a measure of] non-violence at the back of it. [Cf. Gandhi, MM-348]

No general ever won a victory by following the principle of 'being vigilant so long as he could'. [Gandhi, T-2-365]

No one should compel a satyagrahi to give evidence against a person who had confessed to him. [Cf. Gandhi, T-7-190]

No sophistry can explain away the evidence that the skeletons in many villages present. [Cf. Gandhi, T-2-99]

No stone should be left unturned to bring home to the family members that untouchability is a sin and a blot on Hinduism. [Gandhi, T-4-158]

Non-co-operation [may] pave the way to real honourable and voluntary co-operation based on mutual respect and trust. [With Gandhi, XX-162]

Non-co-operation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views. [Gandhi, T-2-12]

Non-co-operation means refusal both to help the sinner in his sin and to accept any help or gift from him till he has repented. [Gandhi, XX-34]

Non-violence is . . . to be practised by everybody in all the affairs of life. [Gandhi, MM-24]

Non-violence is one of the world's great principles which no power on earth can wipe out. [Gandhi, MM-147]

Nonviolence is the virtue of the manly. The coward is innocent of it. [Gandhi, XXV-138]

Nonviolent non-co-operation was the only alternative to anarchy and worse. [Gandhi, T-2-149]

Nonviolent non-co-operation, I am convinced, is sacred duty at times. [Gandhi, T-2-149]

Nonviolent non-co-operators can only succeed when they have succeeded in attaining control over the hooligans of India. [Gandhi, T-2-83]

Of all the superstitions that affect India, none is so great as that a knowledge of the English language is necessary for imbibing ideas of liberty and developing accuracy of thought. [Gandhi, EWE-10]

On earth, never relinquish truth with as much non-violence as can be had*.

Once truly awakened, the nation will not be satisfied with reform only in one department of life. [Gandhi, T-2-227]

One rupee can purchase for us poison or nectar, but knowledge or devotion cannot buy us either salvation or bondage. [Gandhi, T-2-309]

Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth, and the soul requires inward restfulness to attain its full height. [Gandhi, TIG-61]

People must learn the art of civil or voluntary obedience. [Gandhi, T-4-10]

Performance of duty and observance of morality are convertible terms. [Gandhi, X-37]

Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind. [Gandhi, MM-377]

Prayer is a confession of one's unworthiness and weakness. [Gandhi, TIG-48]

Proper self-confidence [shradda, or faith] means faith in God. [Cf. Gandhi, XXV-88]

Purity of life is the highest and truest art. [Gandhi, MM-57]

Real non-co-operation is non-co-operation with evil and not with the evildoer. [Gandhi, T-2-200]

Real socialism had been handed down to us by our ancestors who taught: 'All land belongs to Gopal, where then is boundary line?' [Gandhi, T-4-114]

Refrain as far as is humanly possible from violence. [Gandhi, T-7-61]

Religions are meant to bind men. [With Gandhi, MM-68]

Remember constructive satyagraha. [Cf. Gandhi, T-7-148]

Salvation is being well in every way. [With Gandhi, TIG-116]

Salvation of the Gita is perfect peace. [Gandhi, TIG-100]

Satan mostly employs the language of ethics to give his aims an air of respectability. [With Gandhi, T-2-17]

Satyagraha as conceived by me is a science in the making. [Gandhi, MM-168]

Satyagraha depends in part on a wholesome public opinion shorn of all bitterness. [Mod. Gandhi, T-5-54]

Satyagraha includes a determination to search truth. [Mod. Gandhi, XXVI-273]

Satyagraha is also a determination to search truth. [With Gandhi, XXVI-273]

Scientific knowledge does not exclude probing into the why and wherefore of every little process that you perform. [With Gandhi, T-7-36]

Seek ye first the spinning-wheel and its concomitants and everything else will be added unto you. [Gandhi, T-2-263]

Self-defence . . . is the only honourable course where there is unreadiness for self-immolation. [Gandhi, MM-145]

Since God resides in every atom, He resides in an idol. [Gandhi, T-3-219]

So far as I can see, the atomic bomb has deadened finest feeling that has sustained mankind for ages. [TIG-1]

Something constructed non-violently must be able to withstand attacks from without and within. [Cf. Gandhi, T-6-27]

Sons of millionaires, who are of age and yet inherit their parents' wealth, are losers for the very inheritance. [Gandhi, T-4-175]

Swadeshi can be ridden of death if it is made a fetish. [With Gandhi, MM-415]

Swaraj means a state such that we can maintain our separate existence without the presence of English. [Gandhi, T-2-19]

Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong but of the weak. [Gandhi, T-2-20]

Terrorism must be held to be wrong in every case. [Gandhi, XXV-442]

That I want to destroy the British imperialism is another matter, but I want to do so by converting those who are associated with it. [Gandhi, T-4-93]

The acme of satyagraha for us would be to lay down our lives for the . . . just cause. [Gandhi, T-7-194]

The art of producing good music from a cultivated voice can be achieved by many, but the art of producing that music from the harmony of a pure life is achieved very rarely. [Gandhi, TIG-109]

The best way of losing a cause is to abuse your opponent and to trade upon his weakness. [Gandhi, T-51]

The body cannot exist without blood, and the soul needs strength of faith. [With Gandhi, TIG-112]

The call of the spinning wheel is . . . the call of love. And love is Swaraj. [Gandhi, T-2-63]

The central fact of Hinduism is cow protection. [Gandhi, MM-388]

The Divine Radio is always singing if we could only make ourselves ready to listen to it, but it is impossible to listen without silence. [Gandhi, TIG-60]

The English language is so elastic that you can find another word to say the same thing. [Gandhi, T-5-150]

The fullest application of non-violence does make life impossible. [Gandhi, XXVI-335]

The future depends in part on what we do in the present. [With Gandhi]

The Germans were defeated not because they were necessarily in the wrong, but because the allied powers were found to possess greater brute strength. [Gandhi, T-2-20]

The meaning of prayer is that . . . without it I should have been a lunatic long ago. [Gandhi, T-5-147; T-3-110 (Hum)]

The newspapers had become more important to the average man than the scriptures. [Gandhi, T-7-375]

The nonviolence I teach is active nonviolence of the strongest. But the weakest can partake in it without becoming weaker. [Gandhi, XXVI-140]

The only real and reliable guarantee for khadi would be the honesty, truthfulness and sincerity of khadi workers. [Gandhi, T-7-20]

The pilgrimage to Swaraj is a painful climb. [Gandhi, MM-320]

The principle of non-violence is hurt by every evil thought, by undue haste, by lying, by hatred, by wishing ill to anybody. [Gandhi, TIG-36]

The religion of our conception, thus imperfect, is always subject to a process of evolution and re-interpretation. [Gandhi, TIG-65]

The restoration of spinning to its central place in India's peaceful campaign for deliverance from the imperial yoke gives her women a special status. [Gandhi, T-5-206]

The restoration of spinning to its central place in India's peaceful campaign for deliverance from the imperial yoke gives her women a special status. [Gandhi, T-5-206]

The rich can hardly accumulate wealth without the co-operation of the poor in society. [Mod. Gandhi, MM-271]

The right way to spread vegetarianism is to reason out its beauties, which should be exhibited in lives. [Mod Gandhi, T-8-175]

The schools and colleges are really a factory for turning out clerks for Government. [Gandhi, T-2-13]

The sky may be overcast today with clouds, but . . . [With Gandhi, T-4-29]

The socialistic conception of the West was born in an environment reeking with violence. [Gandhi, MM-251]

The spinning wheel to me a decisive sign of nonviolence. [Gandhi, T-5-277]

The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or popular. [Gandhi, MM-347]

The sword is too much in evidence among the Mussalmans. It must be sheathed if Islam is to be what it means: peace. [Gandhi, T-2-237]

The sword of passive resistance does not require a scabbard. [Gandhi, X-51]

The temples are for the sinners, not for the saints. [Gandhi, T-3-271]

The truest test of civilization, culture and dignity is character and not clothing. [Gandhi, XXVI-258]

The yajna . . . for us is the spinning wheel. [Gandhi, T-2-247]

There is always the fear of self-righteousness possessing us, the fear of arrogating to ourselves a superiority that we do not possess. [Gandhi, T-5-243]

There is no occasion for women to consider themselves subordinate or inferior to men. [Gandhi, MM-297]

There is no time limit for a satyagrahi. [Gandhi, XXVI-159]

This belief in the necessity of English training has enslaved us. It has unfitted us for true national service. [Gandhi, EWE-8]

This canker of untouchability has travelled far beyond its prescribed limits and has sapped the very foundations of the whole nation. [Gandhi, T-3-182]

Though God may be Love, God is Truth above all. [Gandhi, T-3-144]

Through the deliverance of India, I seek to deliver the so-called weaker races of the earth from the crushing heels of Western exploitation in which England is the greatest partner. [Gandhi, T-2-327]

Time is wealth, and the Gita says the Great Annihilator annihilates those who waste time. [Gandhi, T-2-274]

To answer brutality with brutality can only start a vicious circle. [With Gandhi, MM-146]

To get rid of the infatuation for English is one of the essentials of Swaraj. [Gandhi, EWE-46]

To me God is Truth and Love. [Gandhi, TIG-10]

To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect and their oneness. [Gandhi, MM-339]

True education must correspond to the surrounding circumstances or it is not a healthy growth. [Gandhi, XXVI-275]

True non-violence should mean a complete freedom from ill-will and anger and hate and an overflowing love for all. [Gandhi, T-2-318]

True non-violence should wear a smile even on deathbed . . . [Gandhi, T-5-243]

Trusting can never mean trusting with the lip and mistrusting in the heart. [Mod Gandhi, XXV-436]

Truth and nonviolence are no cloistered virtues but are applicable as much in the forum and the legislatures as in the market-place. [Gandhi, T-4-161]

Truth and nonviolence are no cloistered virtues but are applicable as much in the forum and the legislatures as in the marketplace. [Gandhi, T-4-161]

Truth is my God. nonviolence is [a step in the] means of realising Him. [Mod. Gandhi, XXV-558]

Truth is superior to many a man's wisdom. [Mod Gandhi, T-2-143]

Truth is the law of our being. [Gandhi, MM-444]

Truth requires a calm and meditative atmosphere for its percolation. [With Gandhi, T-3-269]

Two of the sins in the world: Pleasure without conscience, politics without principle. [Gandhi]

Untouchability is a blot on Hinduism. It is a canker eating into its vitals. [Gandhi, T-3-223]

Vacation is the period when the students' minds, free from the routine work, are left free for self-help and original development. [With Gandhi, T-2-373]

Vaccination is a bit harmful in the long run, just like eating beef. [With Gandhi, T-3-4]

Vice pays homage to virtue at times. [Cf. Gandhi, T-3-3]

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary. [Gandhi, 'Satyagraha Leaflet No. 13,' May 3, 1919]

We can try to canalize economic trends, we can't run against them in a head-on collision. [Gandhi, T-7-185]

We ought to understand our national institution. [Gandhi, MM-310]

We see the fatigue overcoming the Western nations. [Gandhi, T-2-199]

What crimes, for which we condemn the Government as satanic, have we not been guilty of towards our own untouchable brethren? [Gandhi, T-2-36]

What I have been striving and pining for these thirty years, is self-realization. [Gandhi, T-2-217]

What I object to is the craze for machinery, not machinery as such. [Gandhi, T-2-161]

What is impossible with man is child's play with God. [Gandhi, T-3-137]

What is really needed to make democracy function is not knowledge of facts, but right education. [Gandhi, T-7-209]

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. [Gandhi]

Where there is love, there is life. [Gandhi, MM-417]

Why should I need an artist to explain a work of art to me? Why should it not speak out to me itself? [Gandhi, T-4-93]

Without devotion, action and knowledge are cold and dry, and may even become shackles. [Gandhi, MOG-26]

Woman is not designed to organize on a large scale. [With Gandhi, XXV-153]

Work achieved through aggressive picketing will be of doubtful worth. [Gandhi, T-3-63]

Yajna is service to be rendered throughout the day. [Mod Gandhi, MM-2298]

You assist an administration most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil administration never deserves such allegiance. [Gandhi, T-3-26]

You cannot build nonviolence on a factory civilization, but it can be built on self-contained villages. [Gandhi, MM-369]


Gandhi quotations, Mohandas Gandhi citations, Literature  

MM: Mind of Mahatma Gandhi (Eds. Prabhu & Rao), 3rd ed, Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1968.

T: (Followed by Vol. No.) Mahatma (D. G. Tendulkar) Vols. 1-8; 2nd ed. 1960, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

I to XXVI: The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

TIG: Truth is God. Ed. R. K. Prabhu. Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1955.

EWE: Evil Wrought by the English Medium, R. K. Prabhu. Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1958.

MOG: The Message of the Gita, R. K. Prabhu. Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1959.

MGCG: Mahatma Gandhi: Correspondence with the Government. Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1959.

Bunch: A Bunch of Old Letters, J. Nehru. Asia, 1958.

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