- A no uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ uttered merely to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. 喜ばせたりがっかりさせるため、または、面倒なことを避けるために「はい」と言うよりも、罪を自覚した「’いいえ」のほうがまだ良いのです。 Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
- Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
- My life is my message.
- There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
- Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
- The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
- A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
- There is more to life than increasing its speed.
- Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
- The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
- 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.
- If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.
- I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.
- The good man is the friend of all living things.
- Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
- We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
- There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.
- The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.
- I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.
- Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
- Those who know how to think need no teachers.
- 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.
- Poverty is the worst form of violence.
- Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Peace is its own reward.
- Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
- The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
- Self-respect knows no considerations.
- 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.
- To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
- Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
- Truth never damages a cause that is just.
- Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
- Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
- The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
- Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
- Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
- Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
- Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
- It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
- In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
- 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.
- An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
- Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.
- I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough in me to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
- Where there is love there is life.
- A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
- 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.
- Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
- Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
- Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.
- Continue to grow and evolve.
- Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.
- In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
- First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
- A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
- We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.
- You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
- I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
- Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
- The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
- Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
- It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
- Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one’s own religion.
- To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
- All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.
- God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.
- Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.
- Where love is, there God is also.
- Non-violence is the article of faith.
- God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
- Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all.
- Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
- I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
- An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
- A customer is the most important visitor on our premises.
- 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?
- The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
- Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French.
- The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
- A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.
- For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
- An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
- Let not the 12 million Negroes be ashamed of the fact that they are the grandchildren of slaves. There is dishonor in being slave-owners.
- Partition is bad. But whatever is past is past. We have only to look to the future.
- Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
- Just as a man would not cherish living in a body other than his own, so do nations not like to live under other nations, however noble and great the latter may be.
- 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.
- I wear the national dress because it is the most natural and the most becoming for an Indian.
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Change yourself – you are in control.