The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
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.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
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.
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.
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.
We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
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 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.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
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.
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.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
My life is my message.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Action expresses priorities.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.
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.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
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.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
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.
Where there is love there is life.
Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
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.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
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?
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.
A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.
We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.
Man is supposed to be the maker of his destiny. It is only partly true. He can make his destiny, only in so far as he is allowed by the Great Power.
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.
Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one's own religion.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
Self-respect knows no considerations.
I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Non-violence is the article of faith.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Peace is its own reward.
Those who know how to think need no teachers.
Ours is one continued struggle against degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the European, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir, whose occupation is hunting and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it.
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.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.
Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
I will far rather see the race of man extinct than that we should become less than beasts by making the noblest of God's creation, woman, the object of our lust.
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.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
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.
I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.
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.
Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians - you are not like him.
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.
Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.
It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one's belly, in order to be able to save one's head.
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? 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.
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
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.
God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.
It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won't presume to probe into the faults of others.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice.
Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.
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.
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.
Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
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.
Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness.
Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands.
Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
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.
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.
Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies.
I am in the world feeling my way to light 'amid the encircling gloom.'
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
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.
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.
That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.
God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
I did once seriously think of embracing the Christian faith. The gentle figure of Christ, so full of forgiveness that he taught his followers not to retaliate when abused or struck, but to turn the other cheek - I thought it was a beautiful example of the perfect man.
The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.
Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment.
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
Where love is, there God is also.
Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?
Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion.
Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.
Morality is contraband in war.
He is lost who is possessed by carnal desire.
My religion teaches me that whenever there is distress which one cannot remove, one must fast and pray.
Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.
Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.
Partition is bad. But whatever is past is past. We have only to look to the future.
God cannot be realized through the intellect. Intellect can lead one to a certain extent and no further. It is a matter of faith and experience derived from that faith.
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
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.
I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
Only he can take great resolves who has indomitable faith in God and has fear of God.
Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.
Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.
There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.
I wear the national dress because it is the most natural and the most becoming for an Indian.