Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi

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  • The sole aim of journalism should be service. The newspaper press is a great power, but just as an unchained torrent of water submerges whole countryside and devastates crops, even so an uncontrolled pen serves but to destroy.

    Gandhi, M.K., An Autobiography, Part IV, Chapter XIII.
  • If the deputation was backed up by Satyagraha, they would have no fears and could boldly inform the Secretary of State for India about the resoulution of the community.

    Gandhi, M.K., Satyagraha in South Africa, Chapter XIV.
  • The word Swaraj is a sacred word, a Vedic word, meaning self-rule and self-restraint, and not freedom from all restraint which 'independence' often means.

    "The Settlement and Its Meaning, Young India, March 19, 1931", CWMG, vol. XLV, p. 264.
  • I am going to ask the country not to judge me by either Champaran or Kheda but only by the Ashram.

    "Address to Ashram Inmates, February 17, 1919", CWMG, vol. XV, p. 92.
  • To err is human. By confessing we connect our mistakes into stepping stones for advance. On the contrary, a person who lies to hide mistakes becomes a living fraud and sinks down. Man is neither brute nor God but a creature of God!

    "The Sacred Week, Harijan, April 21, 1946", CWMG, vol. LXXXIII, p. 377.
  • My life is one indivisible whole, and all my activities run into one another; and they all have their rise in my insatiable love of mankind.

    "Speech at Virajpet, Harijan, March 2, 1934", CWMG, vol. LVII, p. 204.
  • I have no disciples, being myself an aspirant after discipleship and in search of a guru.

    "What is Non-Violence?, Harijan, December 19,1936", CWMG, vol. LXIV, p. 152.
  • Civil disobedience is the inherent right of a citizen. He dare not give it up without ceasing to be a man.

    "The Immediate Issue, Young India, January 5, 1922", CWMG, vol. XXII, p. 143.
  • True suffering does not know itself and never calculates. It brings its own joy which surpasses all other joys.

    "The Congress, Young India, March 19, 1931", CWMG, vol. XLV, p. 310.
  • A satyagrahi never misses, can never miss, a chance of compromise on honourable terms.

    "An Englishman's Dilemma", Young India, April 16, 1931, CWMG, vol. XLVI, p. 7.