Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi

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  • I admit?. It is a painful climb but the pain of it is a positive pleasure for me. Each step upward makes me feel stronger and fit for the next.

    "My Friend, The Revolutionary, Young India, April 9, 1925", CWMG, vol. XXVI, p. 491.
  • "The basic principle on which the practice of non-violence rests is that what holds good in respect of yourself holds good equally in respect of the whole universe."

    "Discussion with Abdul Ghaffar Khan", CWMG, vol. LXVIII, p. 29.
  • Mine is a life full of joy in the midst of incessant work. In not wanting to think of what tomorrow will bring for me I feel as free as a bird.

    "Notes", Young India, October 1, 1925", CWMG, vol. XXVIII, p. 270.
  • If we could erase the 'I's' and the 'Mine's' from religion, politics, economics, etc., we shall soon be free and bring heaven upon earth.

    "The Curse of 'I' and 'Mine', Young India, September 23, 1926", CWMG, vol. XXXI, p. 443.
  • The moment the cultivators of the soil realise their power, the zamindari evil will be sterilised.

    "Discussion with Basil Mathews and Others, Harijan, December 5, 1936", CWMG, vol. LXIV, p. 73.
  • If only the capitalist class will read the signs of the times, revise their notions of God given right to all they possess, in an incredibly short space of time the seven hundred thousand dung-heaps which today pass muster as villages can be turned into abodes of peace, health and comfort.

    "Zamindars and Talukadars, Young India, December 5, 1929", CWMG, vol. XLII, p. 240.
  • The best protection against tyranny and injustice is not law or fiery speeches but non-violent organization, discipline and capacity for sacrifice.

    Harijan Bandhu, September 1, 1946.
  • One should eat not in order to please the palate, but just to keep the body going. When each organ of the sense subserves the body and through the body the soul, its special relish disappears, and then alone does it begin to function in the way nature intended it to.

    Gandhi, M.K., An Autobiography, Part IV, Chapter XXVII.
  • I felt compelled to come into the political field because I found that I could not do even social work without touching politics.

    "Talk with an American Journalist, Harijan, October 6, 1946", CWMG, vol. LXXXV, p. 368.
  • When we declare a strike to redress a wrong, we really cease to take part in the wrong.

    "Notes, September 22, 1921", CWMG, vol. XXI, p. 164.