Gandhi

1869 - 1948

A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

[When asked by an American clergyman what caused him most concern:] The hardness of heart of the educated...  If you [students] spend your next vacation in some far-off village in the interior you... will find the people cheerless and fear-stricken.   You will find houses in ruins.  You will look in vain for any sanitary or hygenic conditions.  You will find the cattle in a miserable way, and yet you will see idleness stalking there.  The people will tell you of the spinning wheels having been in their homes long ago....  They have no hope left in them.  They live, for they cannot die at will.  They will spin only if you spin.  Even if a hundred out of a population of three hundred in a village spin, you assure them of an additional income of 1,800 rupees ($360) a year.   You can lay the founation of solid reform on this income in every village....  Start with the faith that if you fix yourself up in one single village and succeed, the rest will follow....  Students have to react upon the dumb millions.  They have to learn to think not in terms of a province or a town or a class or a caste, but in terms of a continent and of the millions who include untouchables, drunkards, hooligans and even prostitutes, for whose existence in our midst everyone of us is responsible.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (Vintage Spiritual Classics), Pages: 204

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on suspicion, trust, violence, and non-violence

He who trusts has never yet lost in the world.  A suspicious man is lost to himself and the eworld.... Suspicion is of the brood of violence.  Non-violence cannot but trust...

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (Vintage Spiritual Classics), Pages: 183

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on poverty, masses, work, and servants

[It] is impossible for us to establish a living vital connection with the masses unless we will work for them, through them and in their midst, not as their patrons but as their servants.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (Vintage Spiritual Classics), Pages: 192-193

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on nobility, poverty, work, and manual labor

I cannot imagine anything nobler or more national than that for, say, one hour in the day we should all do the labor the poor must do, and thus identify ourselves with them and through them, with all mankind.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (Vintage Spiritual Classics), Pages: 195

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on affection, trust, human nature, east, west, and humanity

I am not conscious of a single experience throughout my three months' stay in England and Europe that made me feel that after all East is East and West is West. On the contrary, I have been convinced more than ever that human nature is much the same, no matter under what clime it flourishes, and that if you approached people with trust and affection you would have ten-fold trust and thousand-fold affection returned to you.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (Vintage Spiritual Classics), Pages: 235

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on poverty, education, college, and class

When it is difficult for millions to make even the two ends meet, when millions are dying of starvation, it is monstrous to think of giving our relatives a costly education. Expansion of the mind will come from hard experience, not necessarily in the college or in the schoolroom....  The golden rule to apply in all such cases is resolutely to refuse to have what millions cannot. THis ability to refuse will not descend upon us all of a sudden. The first thing is to cultivate the mental attitude that we will not have possessions or facilities denied to millions, and the next immediate thing is to rearrange our lives as fast as possible in accordance with our mentality.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (Vintage Spiritual Classics), Pages: 204-5

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on politics, pleasure, wealth, knowledge, business, science, and worship

The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on eyeforeye

"An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind..."

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: M. Gandhi- See movie Gandhi with Ben Kingsley

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on peace

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There is no way to peace - peace is the way.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Religions are different roads converging on the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads so long as we reach the same goal? I believe that all religions of the world are true more or less. I say "more or less" because I believe that everything the human hand touches, by reason of the very fact that human beings are imperfect, becomes imperfect.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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