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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi better known as Mahatma Gandhi, is today referred to as the “Father of the Nation” in India. Besides being a critical spearhead in the Indian Independence Movement, he is also a guiding light for many in aspects of life, spirituality and religion. Here are memorable Mahatma Gandhi quotes on a variety of topics.

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Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Love and Inclusion


➽ Hate the sin, love the sinner.

➽ The good man is the friend of all living things.

➽ Civilization is the encouragement of differences.

➽ No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.

➽ That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.

➽ Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.

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

➽ The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

➽ Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served.

➽ Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Change and Service


➽ Those who cannot renounce attachment to the results of their work are far from the path.

➽ Action expresses priorities.

➽ Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.

➽ To lose patience is to lose the battle.

➽ The future depends on what you do today.

➽ An ounce of practice is worth a thousand words.

➽ It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business

➽ If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

➽ The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

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

➽ First they ignore you, then laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

➽ Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.

➽ Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

➽ Be the change you want to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Religion, God and Spirituality


➽ God has no religion.

➽ The one religion is beyond all speech.

➽ Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

➽ Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.

➽ Faith is put to the test when the situation is most difficult.

➽ As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.

➽ Faith becomes lame, when it ventures into matters pertaining to reason!

➽ I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.

➽ A leader is useless when he acts against the promptings of his own conscience.

➽ In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.

➽ It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends but to befriend one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.

➽ To retaliate against the relatives of the co-religionists of the wrong-doer is a cowardly act.

➽ Ashram means a community of men of religion. I feel that an ashram was a necessity of life for me.

➽ Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one’s own religion.

Miscellaneous Mahatma Gandhi Quotes


➽ The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.

➽ You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.

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

➽ A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

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

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

➽ You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.

➽ If you want real peace in the world, start with children.

➽ Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.

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

➽ It is unwise to be too sure of ones own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

➽ God has given me no control over the following moment. I am concerned about taking care of the present.

➽ An ounce of practice is worth a thousand words.

➽ Have faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the whole ocean doesn’t become dirty.

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

➽ A leader is useless when he acts against the promptings of his own conscience.

➽ To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.

➽ I have no disciples, being myself an aspirant after discipleship and in search of a guru.

➽ The hardest heart and the grossest ignorance must disappear before the rising sun of suffering without anger and without malice.

➽ I believe that there is no prayer without fasting and there is no real fast without prayer.

➽ 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.

➽ Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes To Help You Live A More Peaceful Life


➽ An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

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

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

➽ Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

➽ One can measure the greatness and the moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats its animals.

➽ I wish to change there minds, not kill them for weaknesses we all poses.

➽ Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not even one man’s greed.

➽ To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

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

➽ An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.

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

➽ Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.

➽ Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

➽ 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.

➽ Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed, always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

➽ A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

➽ 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.

➽ Faith becomes lame, when it ventures into matters pertaining to reason!

➽ Fear has its use but cowardice has none.

➽ My life is my message.

➽ Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

➽ All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others.

➽ Distinguish between real needs and artificial wants and control the latter.

➽ Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.

➽ When you want to find Truth as God, the only inevitable means is love, that is nonviolence.

➽ The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.

➽ We have to handover the earth, the air, the land and the water to the children at least as it was handed over to us.

➽ As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.

➽ I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.

➽ Love is the strongest force the world possesses, yet it is the humblest imaginable.

➽ You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.

➽ Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.

➽ Nothing has saddened me so much in life as the hardness of heart of educated people.

➽ Peace between countries must rest on the solid foundation of love between individuals.

➽ Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.

➽ Faith is put to the test when the situation is most difficult.

➽ Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.

➽ Peace is the most powerful weapon of mankind.

➽ To answer brutality with brutality is to admit one’s moral and intellectual bankruptcy and it can only start a viscous cycle.

➽ What is truth? A difficult question; but I have solved it for myself by saying that it is what the “Voice within” tells you.

➽ One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.

➽ A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else.

➽ Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?

➽ The real love is to love them that hate you, to love your neighbor even though you distrust him.

➽ Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.

➽ I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

➽ God lives, but not as we. His creatures live but to die. But God is life. Therefore, goodness is not an attribute. Goodness is God.