Gandhi Quotes

Every Gandhi quotes that I have read is unique and delivers important messages.

It is not easy to pick his quotes for this page as they are equally great. I have carefully selected what I thought might give you the most inspirations in aspects of your live.

As I read through many great leaders quotes, I find that all of them have these ideas in common:

They live in the moment.

They take actions.

They love peace and work for it.

They have high hope for peace.

They think all human beings are equal and we are all inseparable.

They believe in order to change a nation, we must be the change ourselves.

They think individual power is tremendous, each of us can do things to change the world.

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Gandhi Quotes on Action

"Be the change that you want to see in the world."

"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching."

"Action expresses priorities."

"To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer."

"Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it."

"Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy."

"We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose."
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Gandhi Quotes on Adaptability

"Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation."
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Gandhi Quotes on Believe

"To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest."
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Gandhi Quotes on Compassion

"Hate the sin, love the sinner."
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Gandhi Quotes on Compromise

"All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take."
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Gandhi Quotes on Confession

"Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession."

"I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps."
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Gandhi Quotes on Conviction

"One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds."

"A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble."
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Gandhi Quotes on Conscience

"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts."

"The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience."
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Gandhi Quotes on Culture

"A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people."

"No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive."

"I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another."
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Gandhi Quotes on Cowardice

"Fear has its use but cowardice has none."

"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave."
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Gandhi Quotes on Duty

"If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty."

"Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good."

"Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands."
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Gandhi Quotes on Equality

"I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers."
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Gandhi Quotes on Faith

"Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone."

"Each one prays to God according to his own light."

"Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies."

"Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into."

"There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever."

"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."

"Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience."
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Gandhi Quotes on Freedom

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

"The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within."

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistake. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right."
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Gandhi Quotes on Forgiveness

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
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Gandhi Quotes on Greed

"There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed."
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Gandhi Quotes on Hope

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it—always."

"What is true of the individual will be to-morrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope."
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Gandhi Quotes on Human Being

"A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes."

"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."

"A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident."

"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."

"I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won't presume to probe into the faults of others."
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Gandhi Quotes on Law of Universe

"There is an orderliness in the universe, there is an unalterable law governing everything and every being that exists or lives. It is no blind law; for no blind law can govern the conduct of living beings."
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Gandhi Quotes on Life

"My life is my message."

"The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body."

"There is more to life than increasing its speed."

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

"I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following."

"Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position."
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Gandhi Quotes on Men and Women

"The good man is the friend of all living things."

"The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity."

"I have worshiped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice."

"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men."

"Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her."

"Man lives freely only by his readiness to die."

"Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep."

"Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature."

"Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment."
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Gandhi Quotes on Morality

"Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort."

"Morality is contraband in war."

"Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality."

"Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it."

"Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts."
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Gandhi Quotes on Mind

"Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well."

"Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts."

"Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart."
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Gandhi Quotes on Money

"Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed."
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Gandhi Quotes on Nature

"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator."
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Gandhi Quotes on Non-Violence

"Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed."

"The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent."

"I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life."

"An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so."

"Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up."

"Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another."

"Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man."

"Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain."

"Poverty is the worst form of violence."

"Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being."
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Gandhi Quotes on Peace

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist." ~Indra Gandhi

"Peace is its own reward."

"Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding."

"I know, to banish anger altogether from one's breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God's grace."

"Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances."

"We do not need to proselytize either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study."

"We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?"
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Gandhi Quotes on Perfection

"A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice."
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Gandhi Quotes on Prayer

Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared."

"Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action."

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."

"Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening."
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Gandhi Quotes on Power

"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."
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Gandhi Quotes on Rights

"Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having."
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Gandhi Quotes on Religion

"Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all."

"Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one's own religion."

"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."

"Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison."

"My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realizing Him."

"A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion."

"A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness."

"All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth."

"Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent."

"One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else."
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Gandhi Quotes on Service

"Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy."

"That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake."

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

"The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless."
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Gandhi Quotes on Spirituality

"To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body."

"Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul."

"I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul."

"It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh."
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Gandhi Quotes on Strength

"Nobody can hurt me without my permission."

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

"As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it."

"I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any."

"When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible."
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Gandhi Quotes on Silence

"In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is long and arduous guest after truth."
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Gandhi Quotes on Truth

"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it."

"Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth."
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Gandhi Quotes on War

"Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up."

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

"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 or democracy?"

"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."
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Gandhi Quotes on Work

"My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: Those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; There was much less competition." ~Indira Gandhi
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Other Quotes

"Those who know how to think need no teachers."

"Self-respect knows no considerations."

"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problem."

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

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

"The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart."

"There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good."

"Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress."

"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."

"Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom."

"Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education."

"Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory."

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."

"A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal."
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