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Indian civil rights leader (1869-1948)

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Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Book of Eastern Wisdom

Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.

MOHANDAS GANDHI, Harijan, Jul. 28, 1940

I have no secret methods. I know no diplomacy save that of truth. I have no weapon but non-violence.

MAHATMA GANDHI, "Gandhi's Message to All Men," The Essential Gandhi

Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Basic Education

Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.

MAHATMA GANDHI, opening words of his defense speech at his trial, Young India, Mar. 23, 1922

If nobody reads the writing on the wall, man will be reduced to the state of the beast, whom he is shaming by his manners.

MAHATMA GANDHI, The Story of My Experiments With Truth

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

MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India, May 21, 1925

In the dictionary of Satyagraha, there is no enemy.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Non-Violence in Peace and War

It is no easy task to do away with a thing that is established. We, therefore, say that the non-beginning of a thing is supreme wisdom.


I came to the conclusion long ago ... that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu ... But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India, Jan. 19, 1928

Facts we would always place before our readers, whether they are palatable or not, and it is by placing them constantly before the public in their nakedness that the misunderstanding between the two communities in South Africa can be removed.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Indian Opinion, Oct. 1, 1903

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

In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.


If everyone will try to understand the core of his own religion and adhere to it, and will not allow false teachers to dictate to him, there will be no room left for quarrelling.


An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India 1924-1926

Whatever the ultimate fate of my country, my love for you remains, and will remain, undiminished. My non-violence demands universal love, and you are not a small part of it. It is that love which has prompted my appeal to you.

MAHATMA GANDHI, "To Every Briton," Harijan, Jul. 6, 1940

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.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Harijan, Feb. 17, 1940

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, Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World (Fischer)

Terrorism set up by reformers may be just as bad as Government terrorism, and it is often worse because it draws a certain amount of false sympathy.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India, Dec. 18, 1924

I must reduce myself to zero. So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him.

MAHATMA GANDHI, An Autobiography

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Satyagraha Leaflet No. 13, May 3, 1919

Machinery is the chief symbol of modern civilization; it represents a great sin.


For one man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India, Jan. 27, 1927

My uniform experience has convinced me that there is no other God than Truth.

MAHATMA GANDHI, An Autobiography

We are our own slaves, not of the British. This should be engraved on our minds. The whites cannot remain if we do not want them. If the idea is to drive them out with firearms, let every Indian consider what precious little profit Europe has found in these.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Indian Opinion, Dec. 25, 1909

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It is wrong to consider that courts are established for the benefit of the people. Those who want to perpetuate their power do so through the courts. If people were to settle their own quarrels, a third party would not be able to exercise any authority over them. Truly, men were less unmanly when they settled their disputes either by fighting or by asking their relatives to decide for them. They became more unmanly and cowardly when they resorted to the courts of law. It was certainly a sign of savagery when they settled their disputes by fighting. Is it any less so, if I ask a third party to decide between you and me? Surely, the decision of a third party is not always right. The parties alone know who is right. We, in our simplicity and ignorance, imagine that a stranger, by taking our money, gives us justice.


An unjust law is itself a species of violence.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Non-Violence in Peace and War

All of India is my family.

MAHATMA GANDHI, "The Power of the Mind," The Essential Gandhi

Men may be good in some respects, not necessarily, therefore, in all. A man who is an authority on one matter is not therefore an authority on all matters.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India, Jun. 18, 1925

I contemplate a mental and therefore a moral opposition to immoralities. I seek entirely to blunt the edge of the tyrant's sword not by putting up against it a sharper-edged weapon, but by disappointing his expectation that I would be offering physical resistance. The resistance of the soul that I should offer instead would elude him.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India, Oct. 8, 1925

Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realizing Him.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India, January 8, 1925

Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.

MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India, Jan. 8, 1925

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