Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi

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  • Man and his deeds are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed should call forth approbation and a wicked deed disapprobation, the doer of the deed, whether good or wicked, always deserves respect or pity as the case may be.

    Gandhi, M.K., An Autobiography, Part IV, Chapter IX.
  • "The true function of journalism is to educate the public mind."

    "Talk with an English Journalist, Harijan, September 29, 1946", CWMG, vol. LXXXV,p. 371.
  • I am striving to become the best cement between the two communities. My longing is to be able to cement the two with my blood, if necessary.

    "All About the Fast, Young India, September 25, 1924", CWMG, vol. XXV, p. 202.
  • The Congress influence can be effectively excercised only if it retains its non-violence. Its only capital is its moral authority. Any other position must lead to internecine feud and bloodshed.

    "Minority Administration, Harijan, July 29, 1939", CWMG, vol. LXX, pp. 16-17.
  • In fact it is the acid test of non-violence that in a non-violent conflict there is no rancour left behind, and in the end the enemies are converted into friends.

    "Discussion with Abdul Ghaffar Khan", CWMG, vol. LXVIII, p. 30.
  • Confession of error is like a broom that sweeps away dirt and leaves the surface cleaner than before, I feel stronger for my confession.

    "The crime of Chauri Chaura, Young India, February 16, 1922", CWMG, vol. XXII, p. 417.
  • I am not anti-English; I am not anti-British; I am not anti-any government; but I am anti-untruth, anti-humbug and anti-justice. So long as the Government spells injustice, it may regard me as its enemy, implacable enemy.

    "Speech on Non-Cooperation, Madras", CWMG, vol. XVIII, p. 148.
  • I was standing as an accused in the very Court where I had often appeared as counsel. But I well remember that I considered the former role as far more honourable than the latter.

    Gandhi, M.K., Satyagraha in South Africa, Chapter XX.
  • I must refuse to insult the naked by giving them clothes they do not need, instead of giving them work which they sorely need.

    "The Great Sentinel, Young India, October 13, 1921", CWMG, vol. XXI, p. 290.
  • If not during my life-time, I know that after my death both, Hindus and Mussalmans will bear witness that I had never ceased to yearn after communal peace.

    Prabhu, R. K, and U. R. Rao, eds., The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi(Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1967), p. 398.