Gandhi quotes : Introduction
I just have to write about this universal icon of non-violence. You would have read the Gandhi quotes many times; some superimposed into the pictures of this great man. So this article is nothing new, except maybe the three stories at the end of this article. It is an honor to add Gandhi quotes in my portfolio of articles.
Just to refresh, Gandhi’s full name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He was born on 2 October 1869; and tragically his life was untimely terminated on 30 January 1948, although at a relatively ripe old age of 79. The person responsible for this heinous crime was Nathuram Vinayak Godse who had to pay with his own life. This culprit must be a mad man.
Gandhi was honored with various titles. The most revered term is Mahatma meaning Great Soul. The other one is “Bapu”, for Father. Father of Indian Independence. Father of the Nation. His trade mark was his attire, or lack of it! He wore the traditional Indian dhoti, and has been addressed as “the Great Soul in beggar’s garb”.
His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-violence.
Gandhi quotes with pictures
My other favorite Gandhi quotes
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.
When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
My life is my message.
Gandhi quotes you may not have heard
Now the three Gandhi quotes that you may not have heard.
When asked why he always took 3rd class train rides, Gandhi said,
" Because there is no 4th class."
I heard this in the movie "Gandhi". When someone in distraught asked what he should do after having killed a Muslim child, Gandhi said,
"Go and adopt a Muslim orphan."
During Gandhi's student days, he stayed in a boarding house. The landlady told Gandhi that her young son had much respect for him. She then appealed to Gandhi to advise her son not to take too much sugar. After a period of no action, she reminded Gandhi of her request; and Gandhi said,
"I am sorry ma'am, I haven't cut down on sugar yet. I promise I shall tell your son once I cut down on my sugar intake."
Latest story from one of my readers
And this is a very interesting story about Gandhi's iconic attire :
Comment by reader "ajay" on 30 July, 2013:
The universal message that Mahatma gave to mankind is ...there is nothing stronger than a human's sheer determination and perseverance. Although he was humuiliated and tortured physically...he knew the opposite site being human alike will eventually realise the beauty of giving rather than taking....
He was actually very particular about his attire during his younger days as a barrister...but one incident changed his thought process forever...he could not accept the fact that his countrymen are suffering from poverty as the Indian cotton industry in decline due to cloths from Manchester were preferred. So leading by example he started wearing indian clothes and until his death never ever once seen in anything associated with British style. He could not betray his countrymen...
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