Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi

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  • Things of fundamental importance to the people are not secured by reason alone, but have to be purchased with their suffering. Suffering is the law of human beings.

    "Speech at Birmingham Meeting, Young India, November 5, 1931", CWMG, vol. XLVIII, p. 189.
  • It was easy to see that soul force was infinitely superior to body force. If people in order to secure redress of wrongs resorted to soul force, much of the present suffering would be avoided.

    "Speech at Germiston, Indian Opinion, June 12, 1909", CWMG, vol. IX, p. 243.
  • The satyagrahi whilst he is ever ready for fight must be equally eager for peace. He must welcome any honourable opportunity for peace.

    "Speech at Azad Maidan, Bombay, Young India, March 19, 1931", CWMG, vol. XLV, p. 305.
  • The conditions necessary for the success of Satyagraha are:(1) The Satyagrahi should not have any hatred in his heart against the opponent. (2) The issue must be true and substantial. (3) The Satyagrahi must be prepared to suffer till the end for his cause.

    Prabhu, R. K, and U. R. Rao, eds., The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi, p. 176.
  • I have gone through deep self-introspection, searched myself through and through, and examined and analysed every psychological situation. Yet I am far from claiming any finality or infallibility about my conclusions.

    Gandhi, M.K., "Introduction", in An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth.
  • I am not pleading for India to practice non-violence because it is weak. I want her to practice non-violence being conscious of her strength and power.

    "The Doctrine of the Sword, Young India, August 11, 1920", CWMG, vol. XVIII, p. 133.
  • We have to make truth and non-violence not matters for mere individual practice but for practice by groups and communities and nations.

    Harijan, March 2, 1940.
  • I believe in thought-power more than in the power of the word, whether written or spoken. And if the movement I seek to represent has vitality in it and has divine blessing upon it, it will permeate the whole world without my physical presence in its different parts.

    "To American Friends, Young India, September 17, 1925", CWMG, vol. XXVIII, p.186.
  • The true democrat is he who with purely non-violent means defends his liberty and therefore his country's and ultimately that of the whole of mankind.

    "What to Do? Harijan, April 15, 1939", CWMG, vol. LXIX, p. 123.
  • If I had no sense of humour, I would have committed suicide long ago.

    "Answer to Editor's Questions, The Leader, August 10, 1921", CWMG, vol. XX, p. 481.