Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi

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  • I would far rather that Hinduism died than that untouchability lived.

    "Speech at Minorities Committee Meeting, November 13, 1931", CWMG, vol. XLVIII, p. 298.
  • For reform of Hinduism and for its real protection, removal of untouchability is the greatest thing. Removal of untouchability therefore is a spiritual process.

    "Shraddhanand Memorial, Young India, January 6, 1927", CWMG, vol. XXXII, pp. 515-516.
  • If the whole of India adopted this law (the eternal law of non-violence) after due deliberation she would become the unquestioned leader of the whole world.

    "Speech at Prayer Meeting, May 29, 1947", CWMG, vol. LXXXVIII , p. 38.
  • Constructive programme may otherwise and more fittingly be called construction of poorna swaraj or complete independence by truthful and non-violent means.

    Gandhi, M.K., Constructive Programme: Its Meaning and Place, CWMG, vol. LXXV, pp. 146-66 and 146.
  • This office-holding is either a step towards greater prestige or its total loss.

    "Martial v. Moral, Harijan, April 23, 1938", CWMG, vol. LXVII, p. 39.
  • I have been known as a crank, faddist, mad man. Evidently the reputation is well deserved. For wherever I go, I draw to myself cranks, faddists and mad men.

    "Food Faddists, Young India, June 13, 1929", CWMG, vol. XLI, p. 34.
  • India's destiny lies not along the bloody way of the West, of which she shows signs of tiredness, but along the bloodless way of peace that comes from a simple and godly life.

    "The Same Old Argument, Young India, October 7, 1926", CWMG, vol. XXXI, p. 479.
  • In democracy, every individual has to abide by the wishes of the people, that is, the Government, and has to direct his own wishes in that light.

    "Speech at Prayer Meeting, September 17, 1947", CWMG, vol. LXXXIX, p. 196.
  • Non-violence in its dynamic condition means? the putting of one's whole soul against the will of the tyrant.

    "The Doctrine of the Sword, Young India, August 11, 1920", CWMG, vol. XVIII, p. 133.
  • I know that war is wrong, is an unmitigated evil. I know too that it has got to go.

    "My Attitude Towards War, Young India, September 13, 1928", CWMG, vol. XXXVII, p. 271.