Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

Advocating Non-violence in a Violent World: Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,1869 - 1948), Indian nationalist and spiritual leader, leading the Salt March in protest against the government monopoly on salt production. Central Press / Stringer/ Hulton Archive/ Getty Images
A photograph that became a historic milestone in the Indian freedom struggle is that of Gandhi picking up a handful of salt at the seashore at Dandi in Gujarat. By this symbolic action of breaking the much-despised Salt Law, Gandhi began the Civil Disobedience Movement in 1930. This movement roused the entire Indian nation to fight for independence. Gandhi always advocated achieving independence through peaceful means, as these Mahatma Gandhi quotes will show.
Remarkably, the people followed his direction, and violent incidents were rare. While others used force to subjugate people, Gandhi used wisdom. These Mahatma Gandhi quotes make us realize the power of persuasion that Gandhi used to great effect.
  • It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.

  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

  • An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

  • Hate the sin, love the sinner.

  • I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.

  • Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

  • Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.