Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi

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  • A leader is useless when he acts against the promptings of his own conscience.

    "Notes, Young India, February 23, 1922", CWMG, vol. XXII, p. 448.
  • I am quite sure that the stoniest heart will be melted by passive resistance.

    Prabhu, R.K. and U.R. Rao (comps.), The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi, Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1967, p. 164.
  • That is the beauty of Satyagraha. It comes up to oneself; one has not to go out in search for it.

    Gandhi, M.K., Satyagraha in South Africa, Preface.
  • Whenever I see an erring man, I say to myself I have also erred.

    "Convocation Address at Bihar Vidyapith, Patna, Young India, February 10, 1927", CWMG, vol. XXXIII, p. 134.
  • My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my success and my talents, and I lay them both at His feet.

    Harijan, July 21, 1940.
  • I remain an optimist, not that there is any evidence that I can give that right is going to prosper, but because of my unflinching faith that right must prosper in the end.

    "Harijan, December 10, 1938", CWMG, vol. LXVIII, p. 169.
  • Yajna is duty to be performed, or service to be rendered, all the twenty-four hours of the day?. To serve without desire is to favour not others, but ourselves.

    "Letter to Narandas Gandhi, October 23/28, 1930", CWMG, vol. XLIV, p. 259.
  • By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in child and man-body, mind and spirit.

    "Criticism Answered, July 31, 1937, Harijan", CWMG, vol. LXV, p. 450.
  • That one should appear to be as one really is and should act accordingly, is not the last, but the first step to practical religion.

    Gandhi, M.K., Satyagraha in South Africa, Chapter IX.
  • What chiefly distinguishes man from the beast is that man from his age of discretion begins to practise a life of continual self-restraint.

    Desai, Mahadev (ed.), With Gandhiji in Ceylon, Madras: S. Ganesan, 1928, p. 84.