The essence of a vow does not consist in the difficulty of its performance but in the determination behind it unflinchingly to stick to it in the teeth of difficulties.
Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle, and a victory.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.
Complete independence will be complete only to the extent of our approach in practice to truth and nonviolence.
Mass civil disobedience was for the attainment of independence.
I want for India complete independence in the full English sense of that English term.
The day a woman can walk freely on the roads at night, that day we can say that India has achieved independence
How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master’s bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done.
Sanitation is more important than Independence.
There is no god higher than truth.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
God demands nothing less than self – surrender as the price for the only real freedom that is worth having.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
God has no religion.
I believe in the absolute oneness of God and, therefore, also of humanity. What though we have many bodies? We have but one soul. The rays of the sun are many through refraction. But they have the same source. I cannot, therefore, detach myself from the wickedest soul (nor may I be denied identity with the most virtuous).
Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
The golden way is to be friends with the world and to regard the whole human family as one.
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 humanity is one undivided and indivisible family. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.
Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs… Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home
Peace between countries must rest on the solid foundation of love between individuals.
“You must be the change you want to see in the World.”
The message of Jesus has proved ineffective because the environment was unready to receive it.
Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.
Whatever may be the pros and cons of going to the public theater, it is a patent fact that it has undermined the morals and ruined the character of many a youth in his country.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.
Human nature will find itself only when it fully realizes hat to be human it has to cease to be beastly or brutal.
God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.
Surely conversion is a matter between man and his Maker who alone knows his creatures’ hearts. A conversion without a clean heart is, in my opinion, a denial of God and Religion. Conversion without cleanliness of heart can only be a matter of sorrow, not joy, to a godly person.
The notion of education through handicrafts rises from the contemplation of truth and love permeating life’s activities.