Yesterday, I wrote a little about Gandhiji in my post “Bapu for me“. Well, not just “about” him, but mostly on my thoughts about him and his philosophy and teachings. I wanted to share some of his quotes too in that post but couldn’t for some reasons. So thinking of doing it today.
Some of my favorite quotes of Mahatma Gandhi-
- Gandhi’s Talisman:
“I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.”
- One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought.
- A ‘No‘ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes‘ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
- A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.
- An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
- 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.
- Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
- I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.
- I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
- In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
- It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
- 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.
- Man can never be a woman‘s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
- 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.
- My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
Learn and apply. Love and live.