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Inspiring Quotations of Mahatma Gandhi

Updated on February 25, 2018

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

The name "Gandhi" is synonymous with peace and non-violence. His epic struggle to bring together the people of India in their search for sovereignty is unparalleled. This great man's wisdom and foresight are compelling. On this page, you will find some of the most powerful Gandhi quotes.

1.The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

2. What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?

3. The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

4. It may be long before the law of love will be recognised in international affairs. The machineries of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another.

5. As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious. There is no such thing as religion over-riding morality. Man, for instance, cannot be untruthful, cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side.

6. There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.

7. We must be the change we wish to see.

8. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

9. The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives, everything he does becomes tainted.

10. Suffering cheerfully endured, ceases to be suffering and is transmuted into an ineffable joy.

11. It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.

12. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

13. I love your Christ. I don't like your Christians, because they're not like Christ.

14. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

15. Hate the sin, love the sinner.

16. I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.

17. Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

18. Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

19. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

20. Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.

21. A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.

 

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      aditi tomar 

      7 years ago

      the quotes were jhakas

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      Tweetmom 

      8 years ago from Newark

      I love all the quotes that is rich with inspiring and insightful element. Thank you for sharing this. Voted up and bookmarked!

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      Pragyesh Singh 

      8 years ago

      gandhi was a Man with Great Determinitation, His nature and commitment towards truth was excellence, Gandhi ne kaha "Mai aise Bharat ke Nirmaan Ke liye Kaarya Karoonga, Jahan har gareeb vyakti yah anubhav kare ki yah usaka apana desh hai, jisake nirmaan me usaki bhi prabhavshali bhumika hai, aisa bharat jaha na koi bada hoga na chhota, aisa bharat jaha sabhi samudaay ke log maitripurna bhav se rah sake"

      "Mahatma Gandhi"

      Pragyesh Singh, Jaago

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      Momin Leopold 

      8 years ago

      Mahatma Gandhi is the Angel of PEACE. He is international Hero for Non Violence and Peace. We should follow his ideology to bring PEACE throuhgout the world.

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      9 years ago

      countrywomen,

      I must say, this hub was truly a treasure hunt! Mahatma Gandhi is my ideal, my "Guru", I've learned a lot from his autobiography "The Story of My Experiments with Truth." He was one in the millions; a rare gem. I salute his truthfulness, his simplicity, his briiliant sense of humour, his love towards humanity and his non-violent agitations. He was a great human being on earth. He taught us 'ahimsa' (non-violence), 'satyagraha' (thuthfulness). I admire him a lot. Very well researched on his quotes, felt apolaustic =)

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      shimla 

      9 years ago

      Wonderful quotes from a Great man, thanks. I love this quote by Jimi Hemdrix, "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." Shimla

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      kruti sagar 

      9 years ago

      it needs a great courage to follow his ideals ,believe me i have tried and was not sucessful ...even for a week i wasn;t able to follow.

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      kruti sagar  

      9 years ago

      he is so true and stiff that no one can dare to question his actions ...

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      hsofyan 

      10 years ago from Indonesia

      Mahatma Gandhi is my idol.

      Thanks for sharing..

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      Madurai 

      10 years ago from Online

      very good quotes, does anyone follow these goods or just you reproduced from some of the inspiring quotes of gandhi books?

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      Dinesh Dewani 

      10 years ago

      these quotes of mahatma gandhi have inspired me a lot. and play an important role in my life.

      mahtma gandhi is not ther in the world but his inspiration to the people is always there.

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      Dinesh Dewani 

      10 years ago

      these quotes of mahatma gandhi have inspired me a lot. and play an important role in my life.

      mahtma gandhi is not ther in the world but his inspiration to the people is always there.

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      Dinesh Dewani 

      10 years ago

      these quotes of mahatma gandhi have inspired me a lot. and play an important role in my life.

      mahtma gandhi is not ther in the world but his inspiration to the people is always there.

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      Depesh 

      10 years ago

      "Where there is love there is life. " M. Gandhi. Amazing Hub...Love all the Quotes as well as all the responses...It is so true that in these time we need more people who think like Mahatma Gandhiji (BAPU) WE MISS U! God Bless!

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      rindkaro 

      10 years ago from Sweet Sindh

      Mahatma Gandhi is great hero of India.

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      William F Torpey 

      10 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      "Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence," is my favorite Gandhi quote. I've admired him for many years, and enjoyed the movie "Gandhi" and also "Nine Hours to Rama," an excellent movie about his assassination. Martin Luther King made use of his tactics, I think, in seeking justice here in America.

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      subodh joshi  

      10 years ago

      great man like him has inspired me to rise high in life.........

      for him i would like to say that ...

      life of great man all remind us we can make our life sublime and departing sand leave behind us footprint on the sand of time.......

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      OptimistsOnly 

      10 years ago from Christchruch, New Zealand

      These quotes are so appropriate for our current social climate. We all need to work together and maintain hope. There is a silver lining to every situation.

      If more people could only learn to forgive & live without judgement or expectation..."The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

      Love it. Thank you for sharing!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      "We must be the change we wish to see." Thanks for the wonderful words of wisdom!

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      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      Violet- We need peace everywhere both offline (ground realities) and online(including places like hub pages). I will check out her hub. Yes I never noticed that we both use (hehe or LOL) a lot and now isn't that a strange coincidence or maybe we are somehow Karmically related...LOL

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      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I see you are still getting comments with this hub-that's a good sign, methinks. Folks interested in peace. By the way, I found a new hubber who wrote an interesting, positive hub with a fable that I liked! Thought I would share here; guess I am being promotional. hehe.  Do you notice we both have the same cyber laugh? LOL! 

       https://hubpages.com/health/How-To-Avoid-An-Identi...

    • countrywomen profile imageAUTHOR

      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      The fire could be put to good use so don't despair yet my friend....hehe

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      goldentoad 

      10 years ago from Free and running....

      enough cannot be said of this man. I wish I could as passive and forgiving, too much fire in me still I guess.

    • countrywomen profile imageAUTHOR

      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      WriterRider- Oops I missed this comment. I go so much to other hubs that I forget to check whether I received any comment. Yes that is pretty unique resistance and that too inspiring a country of the size of Undivided India. Another person I really admire is Mother Teresa. We need such people in the world to inspire us and show that it is possible to be good&successful instead of some present day "role models" who feel the ends justify the means. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Writer Rider 

      10 years ago

      Actually he was one of my favorite prophets. Imagine stopping war through none-resistance? That's a feat "not" to be undermined!

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      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      Violet- Thanks for starting the new year with a wish to see the world peaceful and happy. It has been my pleasure to meet such a kind and caring soul here.

      Hari- Their is another story where a mother asks Gandhi to talk to her son to quit sweets and he asked her to come back in two weeks with her son. Then she asks him why you asked for two weeks time and he says it took him two weeks to quit sweets himself. He was surely a great man for he practised what he preached. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Hari Baskar 

      10 years ago from Chennai South India

      Hellow C.W.

      Gandhi is a legend he showed many things in his life for the rest to follow , for a peaceful and violence free world.  Everyone must read his autobiography which is very much available in all leading books stores all over the world. During 1930's in a meeting at Madurai in south India he was shocked to see many people were without shirts as they are all poor who could not afford to buy, he immediatly quit wearing shirts such a great heart he was. thankyou for this hub it really makes india proud.

      Hari baskar

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      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      CW: Wanted to stop by again, and what better hub than one of Ghandi, to wish you a very Happy New Year filled with continuing love and peace!

      Your presence in Hubpages is a very positive one, and I am glad to have met you here in Hubpages.

      P.S. I did link Lita's hub to mine.

    • countrywomen profile imageAUTHOR

      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      Weblog- Thanks for stopping by. We need to remember Gandhi now more than ever during the present tense times. I hope peace prevails over those hot passions raging now.

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      weblog 

      10 years ago from 1India

      It's a nice thing to show this world, thanks for the hub with Mahatma's quotations. Thumbs up CW!!

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      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      Violet- Thanks for including this one. Also their is another hub by Lita Sorensen about quotes on peace which is worth linking if you do feel inclinded. Btw in my dream I maybe interacting with Herge (Tintin) or PG Wodehouse. Comedy/Adventure gets me more turned on than idealists/philosophers....LOL

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      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I added this hub to my mine, it blends in perfectly. Thanks! No luck didn't dream with Socrates or Ghandi yet. :)

    • countrywomen profile imageAUTHOR

      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      Cris- Thanks for pointing that out. I have included this one of yours too. Thanks for visiting this hub. I am glad that you think that way about this great Indian Personality called Gandhi.

      Violet- Sure go ahead. It will be a honor if more people can hear and practice the wisdom that this great man had to share. Yes that is one of my favorites too. Every time I tend to complain about something I ask myself that question. I hope you did have a good dream and will come back to tell us what it was...hehe

       

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      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Just found this great hub tonight. I love Ghandi and often quote him. I would love to add this hub to my latest one about peace, if its okay with you. Would blend in beautifully.

      My favorite quote is: . "We must be the change we wish to see". Words of true wisdom.

      Off to sleep. Would be cool if I dreamt with of talking to Socrates or a Ghandi. :)

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      Cris A 

      10 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      can i add one more? i am compelled to do so because it is my favourite Gandhi quote - the nearest to my heart!

      "A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave"

      btw, #s 1 and 13 are the same. thanks for sharing these, Gandhi was truly a great man - great isn't even enough to describe him :D

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      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      Lita- Thanks for stopping by 4/5 the rest are my responses..hehe.

      Probably you can have a hub about that free lance work you did. I am always interested in reading about Gandhi.

      Well I meant not in terms of traffic but in terms of general interest that a hub generates. This hub took me more time to compile/write compared to the other hub "It's Ok not to be a christian" but that one got me way more than the response I expected (some unflattering emails too)...LOL

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      Leta S 

      10 years ago

      Hi, CW- Thought I'd stop by for a quick look before I went to bed, :). Good quotes!I actually wrote some lesson plans for a company in Seatte on Ghandi--freelance work.... I'd say you got a fair response, yes? I'm not too worried about mine.

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      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      I agree it's tough but that is one of the principles of reformation (followed by some in Jails by imparting meditation/yoga techniques to inmates). Jai Hindi to you too.

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      quicksand 

      10 years ago

      Number fifteen is a tall order, impossible to execute. Extremely sorry about that, but how can a mere mortal love the sinner?

      The one about CHRIST and christians mentioned by St James is brilliant! :)

      Anyways, "JAI HIND!" I do not know what that means, but I am certain that it is complementary. :)

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      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      Glad to meet another Gandhi Fan. I once was so idealistic to follow his quote literally "Simple living high thinking". Now my lifestyle is anything but simple....hehe

      Thanks for stopping and commenting.

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      Trsmd 

      10 years ago from India

      "i believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers" "you must be the change you want to see in the world" "an eye for an eye makes the world go blind"

      These are my favourie quotes from M.K.GANDHI

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      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      I didn't know this quote. With your permission I would like to add it to my favorite Gandhi quotes. Thanks for such a wonderful info.

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      St.James 

      10 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

      I love the wisdom, and love of Mahatma Gandhi. I have so many favorites.

      Here is one of all time favorite quotes from Gandhi, "I love your Christ. I don't like your Chritians, because they're not like Christ."

      All the Best to you,

      StJ-

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      countrywomen 

      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      Thanks for appreciating my effort of compiling these quotes. I love reading biographies of great people who have achieved and changed the world for better (Hence people like Hitler, Stalin... aren't favorites in my list)

      Btw is there a Tintin museum in Belgium ?(Herge was my childhood favorite comics writer)

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      1stevedw 

      10 years ago from Europe

      Great man, nice hub. Love it.

      Warm regards from Belgium,

      Steve

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