Mahatma Gandhi quotes speak tremendously about one’s spiritual growth and well being. He spent many years as a lawyer, activists and political ethicist. He is well known for resisting the rule of the British in a non violent way. His efforts saw India gain its independence from British rule, which inspired civil rights movements in other places. Nelson Mandela said he took inspiration form Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi died in the late 1940s. He was gunned down, something that happened to may freedom fighters in the 1900s. Gandhi was considered a philosopher due to the many quotes he made during his lifetime. Among men he was one of the most notable activists that ever lived and his name is etched in history. Malala Yousafzai who is a very popular activist from Pakistan says that she was inspired by Gandhi as well. Below are some his quotes.
“Service without humility is selfishness and egotism.”
“It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.”
“My life is my message.”
“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.”
“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
“Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity.”
“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
“Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world; but to change ourselves."
"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
“What barrier is there that love cannot break?"
“In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.”
“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
“A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.”
“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
“They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
"To lose patience is to lose the battle.”
“My faith is brightest in the midst of impenetrable darkness.”
“Truth without humility would be an arrogant caricature."
“That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.”
“Even if the paradise of material satisfactions, which they envisage as their final goal, were realize on earth, it would not bring mankind either contentment or peace.”
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“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.”
“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind."
“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
“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.”
“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.”
“The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.”
“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”
“Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.”
“Every president, if you watch what they look like when they come into office, you can see their hair turn white because it's such a hard job.”
“Man’s happiness really lies in contentment. He who is discontented, however much he possesses, becomes a slave to his desires.”
“It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.”
“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.”
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”
“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."
Mahatma Gandhi’s approach to colonialism saw a great change come to India. He spoke many things that can be corroborated by the Bible and has given great spiritual insight to those on a journey seeking God. Since he was known for inspiring so many in his day and after his death it isn’t surprising that Martin Luther king Jr. was also inspired by him. I hope the good he said continues to inspire.