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.
Morality is contraband in war.
Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
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.
Truth stands even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
All the religions of the world while they may differ in other respects unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
Even if you are a minority of one the truth is the truth.
Those who know how to think need no teachers.
When restraint and courtesy are added to strength the latter becomes irresistible.
It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
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.
Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one's own religion.
One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else's.
Gentleness self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.
I like your Christ I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
It is better to be violent if there is violence in our hearts than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
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.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
Peace is its own reward.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it it shines clear.
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men who are after all imperfect instruments working for their fulfilment.
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
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.
Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
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.
Justice that love gives is a surrender justice that law gives is a punishment.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love it is the prerogative of the brave.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison.
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.
To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body it is starvation of the soul the dweller in the body.
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.
Constant development is the law of life and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.
Where there is love there is life.
My life is my message.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles but today it means getting along with people.
In a gentle way you can shake the world.
If I had no sense of humor I would long ago have committed suicide.
What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.
Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
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.
Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
Happiness is when what you think what you say and what you do are in harmony.
I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
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.
Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.
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.
What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good the good is only temporary the evil it does is permanent.
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.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.
Where love is there God is also.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
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.
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.
There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
God is even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
Each one prays to God according to his own light.
God as Truth has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.
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.
Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.
Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
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.
Only he can take great resolves who has indomitable faith in God and has fear of God.
Non-violence requires a double faith faith in God and also faith in man.
Non-violence is the article of faith.
Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause.
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
But for my faith in God I should have been a raving maniac.
Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies.
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.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
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.
Faith is not something to grasp it is a state to grow into.
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.
Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.
I believe in equality for everyone except reporters and photographers.
Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.
Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr but let no one lust for martyrdom.
Are creeds such simple things like the clothes which a man can change at will and put on at will? Creeds are such for which people live for ages and ages.
The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
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.
Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
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.
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.
Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
Before the throne of the Almighty man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
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.