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List I – Mahatma Gandhi – Quotes


  1. I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.

  2. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.

  3. I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.

  4. I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.

  8. 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.

  9. I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.

  10. I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.

  11. I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice.

  12. I know, to banish anger altogether from one’s breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God’s grace.

  13. I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

  14. I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.

  15. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

  16. I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.

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

  18. I will far rather see the race of man extinct than that we should become less than beasts by making the noblest of God’s creation, woman, the object of our lust.

  19. I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.

  20. If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty.

  21. If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.

  22. If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.

  23. 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.

  24. Imitation is the sincerest flattery.

  25. In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

  26. In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.

  27. In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

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

  29. Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.

  30. Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.

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

  32. Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause.

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

  34. Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.

  35. It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.

  36. It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one’s belly, in order to be able to save one’s head.

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

  38. It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.

  39. It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

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

  41. It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.

  42. It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

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