The best quotes from the wisest man who ever lived.
October 2, 2019, would have been the 150th birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi — the lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, political ethicist, and first leader to employ large-scale nonviolent resistance in the political arena perhaps better known to many in the Western world by the honorific given to him in South Africa in 1914, Mahātmā (Sanskrit for “high-souled” or “venerable”) Gandhi.
So beloved is Gandhi to the people of India, he is unofficially known as the Father of the Nation.
His birthday is commemorated annually, both in India as Gandhi Jayanti, one of only three national holidays, and throughout the world in keeping with a 2007 resolution of the United Nations General Assembly declaring it the International Day of Non-Violence.
Tragically, Gandhi was assassinated at the age of 78 on January 30, 1948.
However, the inspirational legacy built on his strategic mass civil disobedience campaigns — dubbed Satyagraha, meaning “truth and firmness” — lives on as what Biography fittingly refers to as “a beacon of hope for oppressed and marginalized people throughout the world.”
They always say school teaches you the life skills you need to stay on track and be a decent human being; I don’t know who they are, but IMHO, no one has ever been more wrong.
I’m proud of the fact I know my alphabet (thank you, Mrs. Robinson), but no one taught me how to handle a backstabbing friend (I’m looking at you, Sandy who stole my crackers when I wasn’t looking!) or a heartbreak so deep it cuts through you like a knife.
Life is a constant learning experience, and through our struggles, one of the most important things we can do is learn how to cope with what we’re given from wise people who’ve led the way before us.
What I’m trying to say is that life isn’t easy. We aren’t handed an instructional manual, and not everyone has the answers we seek.
When you need motivation or a reminder that life can be far more simple with a few deep breaths and some kindness, look to these 40 inspirational quotes from Mahātmā Gandhi.
1. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
2. “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.”
3. “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”
4. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
5. “We need not wait to see what others do.”
6. “The future depends on what you do today.”
7. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
8. “First they ignore you, then laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
9. “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”
10. “As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.”
11. “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
12. “Peace is the most powerful weapon of mankind.”
13. “I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”
14. “Love is the strongest force the world possesses, yet it is the humblest imaginable.”
15. “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
16. “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”
17. “Fear has its use but cowardice has none.”
18. “Anger and tolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.”
19. “Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.”
20. “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
21. “Where there is love there is life.”
22. “Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”
23. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
24. “Be truthful, gentle, and fearless.”
25. “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
26. “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.”
27. “Whatever you do will be significant, but it is very important that you do it.”
28. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not even one man’s greed.”
29. “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
30. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
31. “Action expresses priorities.”
32. “Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.”
33. “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.”
34. “Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”
35. “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”
36. “Absolute calm is not the law of the ocean. And it is the same with every department in life.”
37. “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
38. “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.”
39. “Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.”
40. “My life is my message.”