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The Great Thought: Mahatma Gandhi



Character, not brains will count at the crucial moment.

If we cultivate the habit of punctuality and acting according to programme the index of national efficiency will go up our advance towards our goal will be repaid and the workers will be healthier and longer lived.

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

Cow-protection is the gift of Hinduism to the world and Hinduism will live so long as there are Hindus to protect the cow.

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

There goes my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.

Loyalty cannot be divided.

जब तक गलती करने की स्वतंत्रता ना हो तब तक स्वतंत्रता का कोई अर्थ नहीं है.

Non-violence is the article of faith.

By donning the garb of religion, vice does not become virtue, not does a wrong cease to wrong.

Remember that 1. he who makes money has the right to lose it 2. there is no shame in losing it but to lose it and conceal the losses is both shameful and sinful 3. never live beyond your means. live in a palace today but be in readiness to live in a hut tomorrow 4. there money to pay the creditors off 5. a debtor who hands over all his possessions to his creditors has paid them in full 6. Never carry on trade with borrowed money this is the first principle. the second is to give the lenders all you have and have done with it.

I can retain neither respect nor affection for government which has been moving from wrong to wrong in order to defend its immorality

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.

My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.

The test of youth lies before them and that is to win their diploma from the University of Life with its snares and pitfalls and ordeals, without which their academic degree will be in vain.

We stand on the threshold of a twilight-whether morning or evening we do not know. One is followed by the night, the other heralds the dawn.

Uncleanliness of the mind is fair more dangerous than that of the body. The latter however is an indication of the former.

A man who works regularly in a systematic fashion never feels overworked or tired. It is not hard work that kills a man but irregularity or lack of system.

Real knowledge cannot be acquired by mere reading of the scriptures. Indeed, it is difficult of attainment without the practice of virtue.

When we give anything. We must give the truest part of ourselves.

Ahimsa is a weapon of matches potency.

If you wise to take revenge you should learn the art from me I also take revenge but it is of a different type. I had read gujarati poem in my childhood which says. ' if to him who gives you a glass of water you give too there is not merit in it. Real merit lies in doing good to him who does you evil'. that I consider noble revenge.

And whilst he may not claim superiority by reason of learning, I myself must not withhold that meed of homage that learning, wherever it resides, always commands.

Conversion under the stress of physical discomfort is no spiritual conversion.

Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.

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.

True beauty lies in purity of the heart.

Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.

कुछ लोग सफलता के सपने देखते हैं जबकि अन्य व्यक्ति जागते हैं और कड़ी मेहनत करते हैं ।

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

Live and let live for mutual forbearance and toleration is the law of life.

True economics stands for social just it promotes the good of all equally including the weakest and is indispensable for decent life.

Rebellion in a just cause is a duty the extent of opposition being determined by the measures of the injustice done and felt.

Between husband and wife, there should be no secrets from one another. I have a very high opinion of the marriage tie. I hold that husband and wife merge in each other. They are one in two or two in one.

The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of truth.

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

What matters to thee the worlds praise or censure Thou must do what thou thinkest to be the duty.

True marriage means not merely union of bodies. It connotes the union of the should too. If marriage meant no more than a physical relationship the bereaved wife should be satisfied with a portrait or a waxen image of her husband.

Man is not born to eat nor should he live to eat. His true function is to know and serve his marker. But since the body is essential to this service we have perforce to eat.

To speak or not to speak - when that is the question, silence should take the place of speech.

हो सकता है आप कभी ना जान सकें कि आपके काम का क्या परिणाम हुआ, लेकिन यदि आप कुछ करेंगे नहीं तो कोई परिणाम नहीं होगा.

All reading is fruitless so long as we have not learnt to live a truthful life. A lover of truth will not try to appear different from what he is. His thoughts. Words and action will be harmonies. This condition is easy to attain for those who recognise truth as God. Bulky tomes do not need to be consulted in order to live truthfully.

Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.

Confine your energy to work that comes your way never seek fresh fields of activity.

History bears witness to the truth that luxury leads to the degradation and destruction of nation.

Men does not live by bread alone many prefer self respect to food.

I do not want any patronage as I do not give any.

प्रार्थना माँगना नहीं है.यह आत्मा की लालसा है. यह हर रोज अपनी कमजोरियों की स्वीकारोक्ति है. प्रार्थना में बिना वचनों के मन लगाना, वचन होते हुए मन ना लगाने से बेहतर है.

Pure love removes all weariness.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

The inner voice is something which cannot be described in words. But sometimes we have a positive feeling that something in us prompts us to do a certain thing. The time when I learnt to recognize this voice was, I may say, the time when I started praying regularly.

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.

Transfer your hatred from the evildoer to the evil itself. Hate the evil, but not evildoer.

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

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

पूर्ण धारणा के साथ बोला गया ” नहीं” सिर्फ दूसरों को खुश करने या समस्या से छुटकारा पाने के लिए बोले गए “हाँ” से बेहतर है.

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.

Those who know how to think need no teachers.

विश्वास को हमेशा तर्क से तौलना चाहिए. जब विश्वास अँधा हो जाता है तो मर जाता है.

Only he can be leader who never loses hope.

God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.

चलिए सुबह का पहला काम ये करें कि इस दिन के लिए संकल्प करें कि- मैं दुनिया में किसी से डरूंगा नहीं.-मैं केवल भगवान से डरूं.-मैं किसी के प्रति बुरा भाव ना रखूं.-मैं किसी के अन्याय के के समक्ष झुकूं नहीं.-मैं असत्य को सत्य से जीतुं. और असत्य का विरोध करते हुए, मैं सभी कष्टों को सह सकूँ.

Man is not all body but he is something infinitely higher.

The rulers have the right to exist, only if they become trustees and servants of the people.

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

The past belongs to us, but we do not belong to the past. We belong to the present. We are makers of the future, but we do not belong to the future.

Man must never suppress his inner Voice even if he stands alone.

The devotion of such titans of spirit as Lenin to an Ideal must bear fruit. The nobility of his selflessness will be an example through centuries to come, and his Ideal will reach perfection."

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

Joy and sorrow are alike gifts of God. So we Must accept both with equanimity and in the same spirit.

Voluntary suffering is the quickest and the best remedy for the removal of abuses and injustices.

If you are good, the world is good.

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.

The spirit of resignation is bad when the sorrows come out of our conscious errors; but when they come for reasons we do not know and cannot know resignation is the proper thing. In other words constant endeavour and surrender to the will of god have to go hand in hand.

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

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.

The darkness of egoism is more impenetrable than darkness itself.

Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfillment.

Truth has drawn me into the field of politics; and I can say without the slightest hesitation, and yet in all humility, that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.

All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.

The root of violence is selfishness, anger lust etc.

कुछ करने में , या तो उसे प्रेम से करें या उसे कभी करें ही नहीं.

He is who exercises restrain under provocation wins the battle.

Difference of opinion should never mean hostility.

A customer is the most important person on our premise. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent oh him. He is not an interruption to our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider to our business. He is a part of is We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so.

Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.

The future depends on what you do today.

Fore administration to be efficient it must always be in the hand of the fittest.

Suffer Opens The Eyes of Understanding.

Cleanliness of the mind and body is the first step in education.

Cultivation of higher virtues is its own reward. He who cashes any one of them loses his shoulder. Virtues are not trade with.

The strife is a vicious circle to be avoided at any coast. It is an admission of weakness, a sign of inferiority complex.

Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.

मैं हिंसा का विरोध करता हूँ क्योंकि जब ऐसा लगता है कि वो अच्छा कर रही है तब वो अच्छाई अस्थायी होती है; और वो जो बुराई करती है वो स्थायी होती है.

It is a habit with people to treat the printed word in a book or a newspaper as a gospel truth. There is need there fore for extreme caution in drawing up advertisements. Untruths most dangerous.

Never give up hope so long as there is the least chance.

Human passions are fleeter even than the wind and to subdue them completely requires no end of patience.

There is not school equal to a decent home, and no teachers equal to honest virtuous parents.

All the education young men receive will be in vain if they do not learn good manners.

The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.

Nature has implanted in the human breast an ability to cope with any difficulty or suffering that may come to men unprovoked.

Privileges may come as they do come to all from due fulfillment of duty.

Unrighteousness may triumph for a while but terrible destruction awaits it sooner or later. The empires of Assyria and Babylon were destroyed by unrighteousness. When Greece and Rome forsook the path of virtue even their wised and best men could not save them from destruction.

Perseverance opens up treasures which bring perennial joy.

Openness of mind strengthens the truth in us and remove the dross from it, if there is any.

My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.

Ahimsa is not merely a negative state of harmlessness but it is a positive state of love of doing good even to the evil doers.

Duty will be a merit when debt becomes a donation. Duty done is its own reward.

One should eat not in order to please the palate, but just to keep the body going.

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.

Man is the image of his thoughts.

I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.

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

There is not deliverance no hope without sacrifice, discipline and self-control. More sacrifice without

We are all labourers. In honest labour lies our salvation and the satisfaction of all vital needs.

Truth is hard as adamant and tender as a blossom.

Ordinary man can try million times..but only a ambitions man try different in million ways...create new ways to solve existing problems.

Man and woman are of equal rank but they are not identical. They are peerless pair being supplementary to one the existence of the other cannot be conceived and therefore it follows as a necessary corollary....that anything that will impair the status of either of them will involve the equal ruin of them both.

पूंजी अपने-आप में बुरी नहीं है, उसके गलत उपयोग में ही बुराई है. किसी ना किसी रूप में पूंजी की आवश्यकता हमेशा रहेगी.

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

I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.

Whatever work you once undertake carry it out fully never give up what you have volunteered to do.

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

हम जो दुनिया के जंगलों के साथ कर रहे हैं वो कुछ और नहीं बस उस चीज का प्रतिबिम्ब है जो हम अपने साथ और एक दूसरे के साथ कर रहे हैं.

There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.

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.

If we wise to live a true life, we must give up our mental laziness and pounder over fundamentals. Our life will then become very simple.

Friendship presupposes the utmost attention to the feelings of a friend. It never requires consideration.

No matter how much money we have earned we should regard ourselves as trustees holding these moneys for the welfare of all our neighbours.

Noise does not obliterate noise; silence does.

Victory is impossible until we are able to keep our temper under the gravest provocation.

Man spoils matters much more by speech than by silence.

A prison should be a house of correction, and not punishment.

बुराई से असहयोग करना, मानव का सबसे बड़ा व पवित्र कर्तव्य है।

Service is a duty and duty is a debt which it is a sin not to discharge.

Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.

The path is the goal.

Concentrate on your work to exclusion of everything else. If you do this, you will derive the keenest joy from it.

There is a great deal of truth in the saying that man becomes what he eats. The grosser the food the grosser the body.

I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.

We shall be judged not by our words, but solely by our deeds.

The history of the world is full of instance of men who rose to leadership by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.

Nobody progresses without opposition.

I have naturally formed the habit of restraining my thoughts. A thoughtless word hardly ever escaped my tongue or pen. Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth. We find so many people impatient to talk. All this talking can hardly be said to be of any benefit to the world. It is so much waste of time. My shyness has been in reality my shield and buckler. It has allowed me to grow. It has helped me in my discernment of truth.

मरने के लिए मेरे पास बहुत से कारण है किन्तु मेरे पास किसी को मारने का कोई कारण नहीं है।

In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.

Democracy must in essence mean the art and science of mobilizing the entire physical economic and spiritual resources of all the various sections of the people in the service of the common good of all.

Hinsa does not merely mean indulgence in physical violence; resort to trickery, falsehood, intrigue, chicanery and deceitfulness -in short all unfair and foul means-come under the category of Hinsa.

Death in the fight is a deliverance; and prison, a gateway to liberty.

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 lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.

Merit acquired out fear almost ceases to be merit. Let us do good for its own sake, and not in order to win a reward.

Everyone should realize the secret that oppression thrived only when the oppressed submitted to it.

There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.

Practice is the best speech and the best propaganda. and this everyone can do without let or hindrance from anybody else.

मैं मानता हूँ कि जहाँ डरपोक और हिंसा में से किसी एक को चुनना हो तो मैं हिंसा के पक्ष में अपनी राय लूँगा ।

God is the refuge of all not man however highly placed he may be. God will make right what man spoils.

A man who is truthful and does not mean ill even to his adversary will be slow to believe charges even against his foes. He will, however, try to understand the viewpoints of his opponents and will always keep an open mind and seek every opportunity of serving his opponents.

Man is the maker of his own destiny in the sense that he has freedom of choice as to the manner in which he uses that freedom. But he is no controller of results the moment he thinks he is comes to grief.

Vengeance is not the law of friendship.

Religion binds man to god and man to man.

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

When the ego dies, that soul awakes.

We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.

Speed is not the end of life. Man sees more and lives more truly by walking to his duty.

For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.

Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion.

A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.

A true lawyer is one who places truth and service in the first place, and the emoluments of the profession in the next places only.

Justice to be justice has to be generous.

Money is God it is wrong to say so, and it has been proved to be wrong.

That which is inherent in man is his virtue.

My democracy means that everyone is his own master.

Intellect takes us along in the battle of life to a certain limit, but at the crucial moment it fails us. Faith transcends reason. It is when the horizon is the darkest and human reason is beaten down to the ground that faith shines brightest and comes to our rescue.

यद्यपि आप अल्पमत में हों , पर सच तो सच है

All labour when done intelligently and to some higher purpose becomes at once recreation and recreation.

Ahimsa requires deliberate self-suffering not a deliberate injuring of the supposed wrongdoer.

क्रोध को जीतने में मौन सबसे अधिक सहायक है ।

My uniform experience has convinced me that there is no other God than Truth.

Variety is worth cherishing up to a certain limit but if the limit is exceeded amentias and customs masquerading under the name of variety are subversive of nationalism.

Peace does not come from outer possessions such as wealth or places, but from within. When a man attains such peace, his eyes, words and actions bear witness to it.

A wrong ceases to be wrong only when it is righted. If suppressed it erupts like a boil and assumes a dangerous form.

To my mind there is one thing needful for everyone of us via that we should think over what we have read digest it and make it integral part of our daily life.

Forgiven is an attribute and adornment of bravery.... True bravery refuses to strike, it will suffer all infliction with patients cheerfulness.

आप तब तक यह नहीं समझ पाते की आपके लिए कौन महत्त्वपूर्ण है जब तक आप उन्हें वास्तव में खो नहीं देते.

It is not a mark of greatness to return goodness for goodness only. Greatness lies in returning good for evil.

Children inherit the qualities of the parents no less than their physical features.

Ahimsa is my god and truth is my god.

पहले वो आप पर ध्यान नहीं देंगे, फिर वो आप पर हँसेंगे, फिर वो आप से लड़ेंगे, और तब आप जीत जायेंगे.

Spiritual relation ship is far more precious than the physical. Physical relationship divorced from the spiritual is like body without soul.

My noting of purna Swaraj is not isolated independence, but healthy and dignified interdependence.

कोई त्रुटी तर्क-वितर्क करने से सत्य नहीं बन सकती और ना ही कोई सत्य इसलिए त्रुटी नहीं बन सकता है क्योंकि कोई उसे देख नहीं रहा.

All cannot be come leaders, but all can be bearers.

Love becomes lust the moment you make it a means for the satisfaction of animal needs. It is just the same with food. If food is taken only for pleasure it is lust.

Swadeshi is that spirit in us which requires us to serve our immediate neighbours before others, and to use things produced in our neighbourhood in preference to those more remote. So doing, we serve humanity to the best of our capacity. We cannot serve humanity by neglecting our neighbours.

Any occupation clean honourable and calculated to serve as an example to the people would be good enough. The occupation should if possible be such as touches the interest of the masses and may spur them on to use their hands and feet.

We learn through mistakes. But where there is consciousness of mistakes readiness to mend is sufficient penance and antidote in a majority of cases.

It is wholly wrong of parents to force marriage on their daughters. It is also wrong to keep their daughters unfit for earning their living. No parent has a right to turn a daughter out to the street on refusal to marry.

The swaraj of my dream recognises no race of religious distinctions. Nor is it to be the monopoly of the lettered persons, nor yet of monopoly of the lettered persons, nor yet of moneyed men. Swaraj is to be for all, including the farmer, but emphatically including the maimed, the blind, the starving toiling millions.

A leader is the greatest servant.

It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.

Our difficulties are of two kinds those that are imposed from without and those that are of our own creation. The latter and far more dangerous, because we often hug them and are, therefore, reluctant to remove them.

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.

आप मुझे जंजीरों में जकड़ सकते हैं, यातना दे सकते हैं, यहाँ तक की आप इस शरीर को नष्ट कर सकते हैं, लेकिन आप कभी मेरे विचारों को कैद नहीं कर सकते.

Everyone grows old with the passage of time desire alone remains ever youthful.

दुनिया में ऐसे लोग हैं जो इतने भूखे हैं कि भगवान उन्हें किसी और रूप में नहीं दिख सकता सिवाय रोटी के रूप में.

Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.

A promise once made or a vow once taken for a worthy object may not be broken.

It is delusion to think that we remain upright in big things, for there we under compulsion. Surely, that cannot pass for uprightness.

Self-indulgence leads to destruction and renunciation to immortality.

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.

Lies are best left unanswered. They die of inanition. They have no vitality of their own. They flourish on opposition.

What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you is nothing compared to what lies within you.

True nobility consists in doing the right voluntarily and deliberately.

The various religions are like different roads converging on the same point. What difference does it make if we follow different routes, provided we arrive at the same destination?

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.

Fear has its use but cowardice has none.

There are times when you have to obey a call which is the highest of all i.e. the voice of the conscience, even though such obedience may cost many a bitter tear; and even more, separation from friends, from family from the state to which you may belong from all that you have held as dear as life itself. for this obedience is the law of our being.

Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or loneliness. It consists in daring to do the right thing and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds not words.

They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.

अहिंसा ही धर्म है, वही जिंदिगी का रास्ता है ।

पृथ्वी सभी मनुष्यों की ज़रुरत पूरी करने के लिए पर्याप्त संसाधन प्रदान करती है , लेकिन लालच पूरी करने के लिए नहीं.

Loneliness is fruitful only if we learn to turn our eyes inward, search our hearts, and become self-introspective.

The grate heroes of the world have always been those who went against convention or established precedent for the sake of doing good to the world.

The true function of a lawyer (is) to unite parties riven asunder.

Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.

Sacrifice is joy.

We have to cultivate austerity and penance in our life. There is nothing that the power of penances cannot achieve.

Civilisation in the real sense of the term, consists not in the multiplication, but in the deliberate and voluntary restriction of wants. This alone promotes real happiness and contentment, and increase the capacity for service.

All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.

Noble ideas once conceived never perish

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.

सात घनघोर पाप: काम के बिना धन;अंतरात्मा के बिना सुख;मानवता के बिना विज्ञान;चरित्र के बिना ज्ञान;सिद्धांत के बिना राजनीति;नैतिकता के बिना व्यापार ;त्याग के बिना पूजा.

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

Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.

Complete non-violence is complete absence of ill will against all that lives. It therefore embraces eve sub-human life not excluding noxious inserts or beasts. Non-violence is therefore in its active form goodwill towards all life. It is pure love.

Superstition and Truth cannot go together.

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.

Each one has to find his peace from within. and peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.

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.

Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.

मेरा धर्म सत्य और अहिंसा पर आधारित है. सत्य मेरा भगवान है.अहिंसा उसे पाने का साधन.

Education which does not mould character is absolutely worthless.

Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle, and a victory.

Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.

Love knows no bound and conquers all without exception. It melts the stoniest heart. It knows no self.

Out temple is in our hearts. A temple, constructed of a few stone has no meaning. Only a temple raised in our hearts is useful.

The union is meant not for pleasure, but for bringing forth progeny. and union is a crime when the desire for progeny is absent.

ख़ुशी तब मिलेगी जब आप जो सोचते हैं, जो कहते हैं और जो करते हैं, सामंजस्य में हों.

We must regard ourselves not as owners but as trustees of our wealth and use it for the service of society taking for ourselves no more than a fair return for service rendered.

Government control gives rise to fraud, suppression of Truth, intensification of the black market and artificial scarcity. Above all, it unmans the people and deprives them of initiative, it undoes the teaching of self-help...

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.

कायरता से कहीं ज्यादा अच्छा है, लड़ते लड़ते मर जाना ।

Custom is not religion. Custom may change, but religion will remain unaltered.

Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.

There is noting so ennobling or lasting as self-study.

What seems possible is not always really so.

The greatness of a person lies in his heart not in his head, that is, intellect.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.

Economic equality of my conception does not mean that every one would literally have the same amount. It simply means that every should have enough for his or her needs.

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. and the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.

Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.

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

प्रार्थना नम्रता की पुकार है, आत्म शुद्धि का, और आत्म - अवलोकन का आवाहन है।

The breach of one rule inevitably leads to the breach of other rules.

Your 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.

When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.

What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.

To the God-fearing, death has no terror. It is a joyful sleep to be followed by a waking that would be all the more refreshing for the long sleep.

Love must be patient and humble.

The good man is the friend of all living things.

Take care of this moment.

Purity asks for no external protection.

Hunger knows no sin.

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.

Body is like a machine requiring to be well kept for full service. Rest properly and in due time taken is liked the proverbial timely stitch.

The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration seeing that we will never all think alike and that we shall always see truth in fragment and from different angles of vision.

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

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.

Vice pays a homage to virtue and sometimes the way it chooses is to expect virtue not to fall from its pedestal even whilst vice is rampant round about.

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.

किसी चीज में यकीन करना और उसे ना जीना बेईमानी है.

Modesty and humility nourish man and make for his growth.

Our thinking should be aimed at the good of all and not at satisfying our own selfish desires.

I have learnt through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmuted into a power which can move the world.

The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.

खुद वो बदलाव बनिए जो दुनिया में आप देखना चाहते हैं.

व्यक्ति अपने विचारों से निर्मित एक प्राणी है, वह जो सोचता है वही बन जाता है.

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.

To be men, we must shed cowardice.

Love does not need physical proximity; and if it does it is only momentary. Separation by death is the test of real love.

No matter how insignificant the thing you have to do, do it as well as you can give it is as much of you care and attention as you would give to the thing you regard as most important. For it will be by those small things that you shall be judged.

He who is truly clean within, cannot remain unclean without.

But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.

No compromise is worth the name which endangers chances of success.

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

Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.

चरित्र की शुद्धि ही सारे ज्ञान का ध्येय होनी चाहिए।

The expert knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing.

हर रात, जब मैं सोने जाता हूँ, मैं मर जाता हूँ. और अगली सुबह , जब मैं उठता हूँ, मेरा पुनर्जन्म होता है.

हमेशा अपने विचारों, शब्दों और कर्म के पूर्ण सामंजस्य का लक्ष्य रखें. हमेशा अपने विचारों को शुद्ध करने का लक्ष्य रखें और सब कुछ ठीक हो जायेगा.

Illness should be a matter of shame of shame for a man. Illness betokens some lapse or the other. He whose body and mind are wholly sound should never from illness.

अपनी गलती को स्वीकारना झाड़ू लगाने के सामान है जो सतह को चमकदार और साफ़ कर देती है.

Wisdom is no monopoly of one continent or one race.

Considerations of self- interest drive shame away and mislead men out of the straight and narrow path.

We should never return blow for blow. Forgiveness is the ornament of the strong.

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.

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

Real beauty lies in the heart and not in ornaments.

True history is not the history of kings and dynasties, but of individuals, of men and woman in general. Some who died in utter neglect and misery were grate at heroes and heroines, not grated kings, however big the umpires they hand found and whatever the destruction they wrought on the face of the earth.

Where there is love there is life.

एक देश की महानता और नैतिक प्रगति को इस बात से आँका जा सकता है कि वहां जानवरों से कैसे व्यवहार किया जाता है.

Character can not be built with mortar and stone. It cannot be built by other hands than your own. The principal and professors cannot give you character from the pages of books. Character building comes from their very lives and really speaking, it must come from within yourselves.

Alcohol ruins one physically, morally, intellectually and economically.

True repentance is an essential pre requisite of prayer.

I attach the highest importance to quality irrespective almost of quantity. I plead for quality and quality alone.

Nothing turns right so long as there is no harmony between body, mind and soul.

I preach against the modern artificial life of sensual enjoyment, and ask men and women to go back to the simple life.

Strength of numbers is the delight of the timid. The Valiant in spirit glory in fighting alone.

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.

Impure means result in an impure end. One cannot reach truth by untruthfulness. Truthful conduct alone can reach truth.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Knowledge, which steps at the head and does not penetrate into the heart, is of but little use in the critical times of living experience.

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.

Brahmachrya means not suppression of one or more senses, but complete mastery over them all.

Everyone holds a piece of the truth.

Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.

प्रेम दुनिया की सबसे बड़ी शक्ति है और फिर भी हम जिसकी कल्पना कर सकते हैं उसमे सबसे नम्र है.

A lie has no bottom.

Those only can smile will who know how to labour with their bands and feet for others. Those can smile who divide their good fortune with others.

Habits once formed are difficult to shed. There are very few succeed in getting rid of them.

Hope is eternal, its worship never goes in vain.

The remedy against cowardice is not physical culture but the braving of dangers.

आँख के बदले में आँख पूरे विश्व को अँधा बना देगी.

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

To me God is truth and love god is ethics and morality god is fearlessness. God is the source of light and life and yet he is above and beyond all these.

Passive resistance is an all-sided sword... it can be used anyhow; it blesses him who uses it and him against whom it is used. Without drawing a drop of blood, it produces far reaching results. The sword of passive resistance does not requite a scabbard.

जब भी आपका सामना किसी विरोधी से हो. उसे प्रेम से जीतें.

Action expresses priorities.

If we can not always keep well, we certainly can keep smiling when ill, and even on deathbed.

Voluntary obedience always carries its own conviction.

Restless and impatience are two diseases and both of them shorten the life.

The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.

I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life.

My life is my message.

Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.

God created man to work for his food and said that those who ate without work were thieves.

Loyalty is no merit. It is a necessity of citizenship all the world over.

Real education consists in drawing the best out of yourself. What better book can there be than the book of humanity ?

There is always the fear of self-righteousness possessing us the fear of arrogating to ourselves a superiority that we do not possess.

No organisation can be run with success if its members, especially its officers, refuse to carry out its policy and hold on to it in spite of opposition to it.

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.

I am but a poor struggling soul yearning to be wholly good, wholly truthful and wholly non-violent in thought, word and deed, but ever failing to reach the ideal which I know to be true. It is a painful climb, but each step upwards makes me feel stronger and fit for the next.

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.

Every one should learn how to measure his own weakness. He who knowing his own weakness imitates the strong is bound to fail.

True affection does not demand identity of outlook.

The ultimate definition of religion may be said to be obedience to the law of god. God and His Law are synonymous terms. There fore god signifies an unchanging and living Law

पाप से घृणा करो, पापी से नहीं।

If we do not wise to quarrel the other person can certainly not quarrel with us. In the end he will get tired and be quiet. On the other hand by giving any angry replay or by getting angry we increase anger. It is like adding fuel to the fire.

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

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

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

Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth.

We are constantly being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence. But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence.

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

आपकी मान्यताएं आपके विचार बन जाते हैं,आपके विचार आपके शब्द बन जाते हैं,आपके शब्द आपके कार्य बन जाते हैं,आपके कार्य आपकी आदत बन जाते हैं,आपकी आदतें आपके मूल्य बन जाते हैं, आपके मूल्य आपकी नीयति बन जाती है.

They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then they will have my dead body, but not my obedience.

Bury the jealousies underground and cremate them whenever you like.

If you return good for good only it is a bargain and carries no merit but if you return good for evil, it becomes a redeeming force. The evil ceases before it, and it goes on gathering volume and momentum like a snowball till it becomes irresistible.

There is an eternal struggle going on between destiny and human endeavour. Let us continue to endeavour and leave the result to god.

An egoistical utterance should always be regarded as false.

The voice of conscience is the voice of God, and it is the final judge of the rightness or wrongness of every deed and every thought.

I crave to die with my hand at the spinning wheel.

Memory is very fragile thing. The written word stands forever.

Resistance violent or non-violent has to be well thought out. Thoughtless resistance will be regarded as bravado in military parlance and violence or folly in the language of non-violence.

The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles.

That economics is untrue which ignores or disregards moral values.

God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.

I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.

Recreation is where you may not dissipate yourself but recreate yourself.

Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind. Inquisitiveness should be tempered by humility and respectful regard for the teacher. It must not degenerate into impudence.

Nothing can work without rules.

An acharya (teacher) is one who behaves himself and thus set us an example of good behaviour.

निरंतर विकास जीवन का नियम है , और जो व्यक्ति खुद को सही दिखाने के लिए हमेशा अपनी रूढ़िवादिता को बरकरार रखने की कोशिश करता है वो खुद को गलत इस्थिति में पंहुचा देता है.

जिस दिन प्रेम की शक्ति , शक्ति के प्रति प्रेम पर हावी हो जायेगी , दुनिया में अमन आ जायेगा .

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.

If you want something really important to be done you must not merely satisfy the reason, you must move the heart also.

We should learn the art of humility which demands a rigorous self-searching rather than a search of other and consequent criticism often harsh oftener and consequent criticism often harsh oftener underserved and sometimes only deserved. Searching other debases.

The golden rule to be observed always is that you can never be too severe in dealing with yourself, but you must be deliberately liberal in judging others.

Peace has its victories more glorious than those of war.

Light brings light not darkness: and nobility done with a noble purpose will be twice rewarded.

He who is poor by force of circumstances cannot become poor by choice.

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.

विश्व के सभी धर्म, भले ही और चीजों में अंतर रखते हों, लेकिन सभी इस बात पर एकमत हैं कि दुनिया में कुछ नहीं बस सत्य जीवित रहता है.

I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.

Culture is the foundation the primary thing. It would show in the smallest detail of your conduct and personal behaviour, how you sit, how you walk, how you dress, etc.

अपने प्रयोजन में दृढ विश्वास रखने वाला एक सूक्ष्म शरीर इतिहास के रुख को बदल सकता है.

When you dispossess yourself of everything you have, you really possess all the treasure of the world. In other words, you really get all that is in reality necessary for you everything if food is necessary, food will come to you.

मेरी अनुमति के बिना कोई भी मुझे ठेस नहीं पहुंचा सकता.

मैं मरने के लिए तैयार हूँ, पर ऐसी कोई वज़ह नहीं है जिसके लिए मैं मारने को तैयार हूँ.

Better to die once than to die daily.

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.

Conscience is the ripe fruit of strictest discipline.

Socialism is a beautiful word and, so far as I am aware, in socialism all the members of the society are equal none low, none high. In the individual body, the head is not high because it is the top of the body, nor are the soles of the feet low because they touch the earth. Even as members of the individual body are equal, so are the members of society. This is socialism.

Life is a perpetual triumph over the grave.

Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.

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

मृत,अनाथ, और बेघर को इससे क्या फर्क पड़ता है कि यह तबाही सर्वाधिकार या फिर स्वतंत्रता या लोकतंत्र के पवित्र नाम पर लायी जाती है?

Chastity is not a hot-house growth. It cannot be superimposed. It cannot by the surrounding wall of the purdah. It must grow from within; and to be worth anything, it must be capable of withstanding every unsought temptation.

Truthful dealing even in the least little thing of life is the only secret of a pure life.

How can one rise in whose mind there is never any problem.

Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.

Do not crave to know the views of others, nor base your intent thereon. To think independently for yourself is a sign of fearlessness.

A man, whilst he is dreaming, believes in his dream; he is undeceived only when he is awakened from his slumber.

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

Where love is, there God is also.

आप मानवता में विश्वास मत खोइए. मानवता सागर की तरह है; अगर सागर की कुछ बूँदें गन्दी हैं, तो सागर गन्दा नहीं हो जाता.

The real key to health lies in the conservation of vital energy.

One can overcome opposition only by love, untruth by truth not by compromising Truth.

No people have risen who thought only of rights. Only those did so who thoughts of duties. Out of the performance of their duties follows rights, and those that knew and performed duties came naturally by the rights.

There is not a single moment in life where man cannot serve.

Outer peace is useless without inner peace.

Silence is the best speech. If speak you must you should speaks little as possible. Avoid using two words, if one suffices.

Behaviour is the mirror in which we can display our image.

A poet is one who can call forth the good latent in the human breast. Pacts do not influence all alike, for everyone is not evolved in an equal measure.

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.

चिंता से अधिक कुछ और शरीर को इतना बर्बाद नहीं करता, और वह जिसे ईश्वर में थोडा भी यकीन है उसे किसी भी चीज के बारे में चिंता करने पर शर्मिंदा होना चाहिए.

All social work must be undertaken in a spirit of utter humility and self-sacrifice; and to all true public workers, work is its own reward. Absence of recognition or appreciation should not in the least deter a social worker from carrying on his work strenuously and with whole-hearted attention.

The more efficient a force is, the more silent and the more subtle it is.

You can wake a man only if he is really asleep. No effort that you make will produce any effect upon him if he is merely pretending sleep.

God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.

It is generally the impure who see the impurity of the others. It is our duty to see the best and have no fear.

He who wants to please all, will please none.

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt.

There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.

All taxation to be healthy, must return ten-fold to the taxpayer in the from of necessary services.

ह्रदय की कोई भाषा नहीं होती, ह्रदय ह्रदय से बातचीत करता है ।

Each one prays to God according to his own light.

I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

He who does not know what it is to speak the truth, is like a false coin valueless.

The desire for vengeance comes out of fear of harm, imaginary of real. A dog barks and bites when he fears. A man who fears no one on earth would consider it too troublesome even to summon up anger against one who is mainly trying to injure him. The sun does not wreak vengeance upon little children who throw dust at him. they only harm themselves in the act.

Chastity is one of the greatest disciplines without which the mind cannot attain requisite firmness.

Basic education links the children, whether of the cities or village, to all the that is best and lasting in India.

The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace."

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.

We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.

Unity to be real must survive the severest strain without breaking.

There is no god higher than truth.

Civilization is that mode of conduct which points out to man the path of duty. Performance of duty and observance of morality are convertible terms. To observe morality is to attain mastery over our mind and our passion. So doing we know ourselves.

What greater meanness can there be than to seek out our good points and praise them to others?

The means may be likened to a seed, the end to a tree and there is just the same inviolable connection between the means and the end as there is between the seed and the tree.

वास्तविक सौंदर्य ह्रदय की पवित्रता में है ।

Equality of the sexes does not mean equality of occupations. There may be no legal bar against a woman hunting or wielding a lance. But she instinctively recoils from a function that belongs to man. Nature has created sexes as compliments to each other. their functions are defined as are their forms.

Nobody has any right to pre-judge any boy.

He who is unable to rule over himself can never really succeed in ruling over others.

Jealousy presupposes the possibility of rivalry.

Stoning prophets and erecting churches to their memory afterwards has been the way of the world through the ages. Today we worship Christ, but the Christ in the flesh we crucified.

Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all.

There is a time for everything, and an opportunity, once missed, never returns.

It is the spirit that defeat.

Do not think speak or write without reflection. Just consider how much time could thereby be saved ?

I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice.

The life of a journalist is never as an easy one. He has responsibilities of which, perhaps, the public have no adequate notion. On the one hand, he has to please his employers; and on the other, to represent public opinion, in doing which he may have to make great sacrifices. He has often also to deal with conflicting interests and examine matters that come before him, not merely from the public standpoint, but also from his own views; and when his own views, conscientiously held, run counter to public opinion in a given matter, the situation becomes very delicate.

The seed of ego is destroyed only when one feels oneself to be a cipher.

What shall we call the right effort? One test is that most often we obtain the desired result from it. We may therefore, judge the effort by the fruit it yields. But experience shows that it is not always the case. Right effort is that in which there is deep conviction about the correctness of the means employed so much so that even in the face of contrary result the means do not change nor does the effort vary or slacken.

Hatred can be overcome only by love.

जब मैं निराश होता हूँ , मैं याद कर लेता हूँ कि समस्त इतिहास के दौरान सत्य और प्रेम के मार्ग की ही हमेशा विजय होती है. कितने ही तानाशाह और हत्यारे हुए हैं, और कुछ समय के लिए वो अजेय लग सकते हैं, लेकिन अंत में उनका पतन होता है. इसके बारे में सोचो- हमेशा.

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

Remember if you are married that your wife is your friends companion and co worker not an instrument of sexual enjoyment.

A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.

Non-possession means that we should not hoard any thing that we do not need today.

Without devotion action and knowledge are cold and dry and may even become shackles.

Difficulties are there to be faced not to cower us.

Purity of life is the highest and truest art.

Man can smile away his sorrows; by crying he only multiplies them.

We must be prepared to displease the dearest ones for the sake of principles.

जहाँ प्रेम है वहां जीवन है.

To forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in spite of the vivid knowledge that one that must be loved is not a friend. There is not merit in loving an enemy when you forget him for a friend.

The quickest remedies are always fraught with the greatest danger and require the utmost skill in handling them.

I do not want my hours to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house at freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

A patient can ill-afford to conceal his disease. If he does so, he becomes his own enemy.

Public opinion means the opinion of the society whose good opinion we value, and it is our duty to respect it is not immoral.

Cowardice is a natural excrescence of gentleness.

मौन सबसे शाशाक्त भाषण है. धीरे-धीरे दुनिया आपको सुनेगी.

It is good to see ourselves as others see us. Try as we may, we are never able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us. This we can do only if we are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart whatever they might have to say.

Progress is impossible without inflexible determination.

A good man voluntarily embraces poverty.

Weak is not who is so called but he who feels that he is weak.

आदमी अक्सर वो बन जाता है जो वो होने में यकीन करता है. अगर मैं खुद से यह कहता रहूँ कि मैं फ़लां चीज नहीं कर सकता, तो यह संभव है कि मैं शायद सचमुच वो करने में असमर्थ हो जाऊं. इसके विपरीत, अगर मैं यह यकीन करूँ कि मैं ये कर सकता हूँ , तो मैं निश्चित रूप से उसे करने की क्षमता पा लूँगा, भले ही शुरू में मेरे पास वो क्षमता ना रही हो.

Instead of thinking of improving the world, let us concentrate our attention on self-improvement. We can scarcely find out if the world is on the right or wrong path. But if we take the straight and narrow path we shall find taking it too or discover the method of inducing them to take it.

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

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

To lose patience is to lose the battle.

Heroes are made in the hour of defeat. Success is therefore well described as a series of glorious defeats.

Learning without courage is like a waxen statue beautiful to look at, but bound to melt at the least touch of a hot substance.

To trust is a virtue. It is weakness that begets distrust.

I shall strive for a constitution which will release India from all thraldom and patronage, and give her, if need be, the right to sin. I shall feel that it is their country in whose making they have an effective voice an India in which there will be no high class and low class of people; an India in which all communities shall live in harmony. there can be no room in such India for the curse of untouchability or the curse of intoxicating drinks and drugs. women will enjoy the same right as men. since we shall be at peace with the rest of the world. neither exploiting, nor being exploited we should have the smallest army imaginable. all interests not in conflict with the interest of the dump millions will be scrupulously respected whether foreign or indigenous. this is the India of my dreams.... I shall be satisfied with nothing less.

The chains of a slave are broken, the moment he considers himself a free man.

Pride swallows up a man completely. The truth of this can be realised every moment by everyone.

सत्य कभी कभी ऐसे कारण को क्षति नहीं पहुंचता जो उचित हो.

Self respect and honour cannot be protected by others. They are for each individual himself or herself to guard.

There is no help like self-help. God helps those who help themselves.

Man is where his mind is not where his body is

Liberty is a jilt most difficult to woo and please.

Adversity is the crucible in which friendship is tested.

Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.

Liberty never means the licence to do anything at will.

Friendship does not require reciprocity.

Opposition makes the man.

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.

Truth never damages a cause that is just.

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

Language is medium for communication of thought. Everything is alright so long as there is nothing wrong in our thought.

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.

A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.

Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.

The mind is a restless bird the more it gets the more it wants, and still remains unsatisfied.

Do not judge others. Be your own judge and your will be truly happy. If you will try to judge others, you are likely to burn your fingers.

Man is truly known by the humility of his spirit.

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Those who commit suicide either worry too much about their worldly affairs, or try to hide their faults from the world. We should never try to look what we are not, or try to do what we cannot.

I think the political life must be an echo of private life and that there cannot be any divorce between the two.

अपने ज्ञान के प्रति ज़रुरत से अधिक यकीन करना मूर्खता है. यह याद दिलाना ठीक होगा कि सबसे मजबूत कमजोर हो सकता है और सबसे बुद्धिमान गलती कर सकता है.

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

The righteous man is always humble. He recognizes his shortcomings day by day.

Panic is the most demoralising state anyone can be in. there never is any cause for panic. One must keep heart, whatever happens.

Only he can take great resolves who has indomitable faith in God and has fear of God.

No one is bound to tell lies, whether in trade or in service. But if we are compelled to tell a lie anywhere, we must not accept such work and mind even if we starve with out it.

We may rest content with effort provided that it is of the right sort and to the best of our ability. The result does not depend on the effort alone. There are other factors also over which we have absolutely no control.

You may not waste a grain of rice or a scrap of paper and similarly a minute of your time it is not ours. It belongs to the nation and we are trustees for the use of it.

Fearlessness is the first requisite of spirituality. Cowards can never be moral.

Discipline is learnt in the school of adversity.

You yourself as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve love and affection.

True morality consists not in following the beaten track but in finding out the true path for ourselves and in fearlessly following it.

A prayerful study and experience are essential correct interpretation of the scriptures.

आचरण रहित विचार, कितने भी अच्छे क्यों न हो, उन्हें खोटे – मोती की तरह समझना चाहिए ।

Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself

Life is but an endless service of experiments.

मैं सभी की समानता में विश्वास रखता हूँ, सिवाय पत्रकारों और फोटोग्राफरों की.

Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.

Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.

Difficulties make a man. They are a sing of healthy growth.

We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.

Illness is the result not only of our action but also of our thoughts.

Brahmachrya is not mere mechanical celibacy; it means complete control over all the sense and freedom from lust in thought, word and deed.

Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state.

That interpretation is not true which conflicts with the truth.

Honesty from policy is as acceptable as honesty for its own sake. But dishonesty is unacceptable, even though it may be actuated by excellent motives.

Like a ship without direction or destination, labour without an ideal is fruitless.

True friendship is an identity of souls rarely to be found in the world. Only between like natures can friendship be altogether worthy and enduring.

God is light, not darkness. God is love not hate God is Truth not untruth. God alone is great.

History is more a record of wonderful revolution than so called ordered progress.

All have not the same capacity. I would allow a man of intellect to earn more, I would not cramp his talent.

One is asked to take a lesson from the trees, which themselves suffer the fierce rays of the sun and give shade to those who take shelter under them. To those who throw stones at them they respond by dropping fruit. That is true philanthropy.

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

Change yourself - you are in control.

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.

Do not seek to know the views of others nor base your opinion thereon. To think independently for oneself a sign of fearlessness.

A school or a collage is a sanctuary where there should be nothing that is base or unholy. Schools and collages are factories for the making of characters.

Self-respect knows no considerations.

Pride of merit damages a soul like a heinous sin.

To do wrong is sin but to hide the wrong is a greater sin.

मेरा जीवन मेरा सन्देश है.

Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.

Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.

Violence always thrives on counter violence.

Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies.

Peace is its own reward.

Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man you have seen, and ask yourself if this step you contemplate is going to be any use to him.

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

ईश्वर न काबा में है न काशी में है, वह तो हर घर घर में व्याप्त है, हर दिल में मौजूद हैं ।

It is a universal experience that boy with regular habit does twice the amount of work than a boy who works irregularly.

Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew.

We must be content to die, if we can not live as free men and women.

जो भी चाहे अपनी अंतरात्मा की आवाज़ सुन सकता है. वह सबके भीतर है.

I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.

तुम जो भी करोगे वो नगण्य होगा, लेकिन यह ज़रूरी है कि तुम वो करो.

Passive resistance is a method of securing rights by personal suffering; it is the reverse of resistance by arms.

Human life is a series of compromise, and it is not always easy to achieve in practice what one has found to be true is theory.

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.

He who understands the doctrine of self-help blames himself for his failure.

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

The economics of bread-labour are the living way of life. It means the every man has to labour with his body for his food and clothing. If can convince the people of the value and necessity of bread -labour, there never will be any want of bread and cloth.

शांति का कोई रास्ता नहीं है, केवल शांति है.

The only difference between man and man all the world over is one of degree, and not of kind, even as there is between trees of the same species.

See the good in people and help them.

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.

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

Panic must be avoided at all costs. We must refuse to die before death actually takes toll.

Khaddar economics is wholly different from the ordinary. The latter takes no note of the human factor. The former wholly concerns itself with the human. The latter is frankly selfish, the former necessarily unselfish. Competition and, therefore, prices are eliminated from the conception of Khaddar.

It (reducing ourselves to zero) means to be the last in receiving good thing to serve everyone not to expect gratitude and to be the first in suffering. One who thus reduces himself to zero will always be absorbed in his work.

Without action, you are not going anywhere.

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

Good deeds let us do right now the bad ones let us always keep on postponing.

Force always includes fraud; non-violence always excludes it.

It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.

Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.

स्वयं को जानने का सर्वश्रेष्ठ तरीका है स्वयं को औरों की सेवा में डुबो देना.

Unless the whole work is done with clock work regularity it is impossible to organise it in a thorough manner. When thousands of details require attention time is of the utmost importance.

A good motive increases the value of a good act. But a good act, done even from a bad motive does not lose all its value. It is at lest good for the world. The doer alone is the loser because having the bad motive he deprives himself of the share in the merit of his own act.

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

He Who is steadfast in Meditation becomes firm and clear.

If we develop the force of will we shall find that we do not need the force of arms.

If I were asked to define the Hindu creed, I should simply say: Search after truth through non-violent means. A man may not believe in God and still call himself a Hindu. Hinduism is a relentless pursuit after truth... Hinduism is the religion of truth. Truth is God. Denial of God we have known. Denial of truth we have not known.

Self reliance is the surest test of capacity for self government.

Labour is more than money.

All your scholarship would be in vain if at the same time you do not build your character and attain mastery over your thoughts and your actions.

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.

Man is a special creation of god. Precisely to the extent that he is distinct from the rest of his creation.

What we need is education with originality fired with true zeal, who will think out from day to day what they are going to teach their pupils.

Do not worry in the least about yourself leave all worry to god.

A man who has no desire how will his work shines!

क्रोध और असहिष्णुता सही समझ के दुश्मन हैं.

भगवान का कोई धर्म नहीं है.

If we do not retaliate, if we do not oppose the misdeeds of a wicked person, his misdeeds themselves will bring about his downfall. He will fall and then correct himself.

यदि मनुष्य सीखना चाहे, तो उसकी हर भूल उसे कुछ शिक्षा दे सकती है

One can always progress towards the goal by determined and constant endeavour, and by cultivating self- confidence.

Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.

Man plans, but the success of his plans depends not on him but on the will of the Providence, which is the Supreme Arbiter of our destines.

I have not conceived my mission to be that of a knight-errant wandering everywhere to deliver people from difficult situations. My humble occupation has been to show people how they can solve their own difficulties.

In my humble opinion rejection is as much an deal as the acceptance of a thing. It is as necessary to reject untruth as it is to accept Truth. All religions teach us that the opposite forces act upon us and that the human Endeavour consists in a series of eternal reflection and acceptances.

Love never claims , it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never results, never revenges itself.

एक कृत्य द्वारा किसी एक दिल को ख़ुशी देना , प्रार्थना में झुके हज़ार सिरों से बेहतर है.

Hartal must not be made cheap. It must be used only on rare occasions.

Every brave man welcomes dearth (of a hero) whenever it comes to him. He greets it as a friends.

I hate privilege and monopoly. Whatever can not be shared with the masses is taboo to me. That is all.

Complete civil disobedience is a state of peaceful rebellion a refusal to obey eve risings state-made law. it is certainly more dangerous than an armed rebellion.

The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.

Eating is necessary only for sustaining the body and keeping it a fit instrument for service, and must never be practiced for self-indulgence.

What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.

We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?

All vested interests not entitled to protection. The keeper of a gambling den or of a brothel has no vested interest. Not has a corporation that gambles away the fortunes of a nation and reduce it to impotence.

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, 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 highest form of freedom carries with it the greatest measure of discipline and humility.

I shall die, but I will not kill.

Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.

Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.

Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.

Self-sacrifice one innocent man is a million times more potent than the sacrifice of a million men who die in the of killing others.

A slave is a slave because he consents to slavery.

Oppression ceases when people cease to fear the bayonet.

If we do not forsake our ideal, the ideal will never forsake us.

We should be able to refuse to live if the price of living be the torture of sentient beings.

Seven Deadly Sins Wealth without work Pleasure without conscience Science without humanity Knowledge without character Politics without principle Commerce without morality Worship without sacrifice.

Fraud itself is a species of violence.

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.

Give all, gain all.

Being a slave to fear and selfishness, is the worst of all slavery.

Three-fourths of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world will disappear, if we step into the shoes of our adversaries and understand their standpoint. We will then agree with our adversaries quickly or think of them charitably.

Man is supposed to be the marker of his own destiny. It is partly true. He can make his destiny only insofar as he is allowed by the great powers, which overrides all our intentions, all our plans carries out his own plans.

Kaddar delivers the poor from the bonds of the rich and creates a moral and spiritual bond between the classes and the masses. It restores to the poor somewhat of what the rich have taken from them.

Imitation is the sincerest flattery.

To believe that what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.

Reason once developed acts automatically and rejects what is superstitions or immoral if the heart is sound.

We must not be overwhelmed difficulties, however great they may be but trust God to solve them.

True economics never militates against the highest ethical standard just as all true ethics, to be worth its name, must at the same time be also good economics. An economics that inculcates Mammon worship and enables the Strong to amass wealth at the expense of the weak is a false and dismal science. it spells dearth.

Our success is assured the moment we take the right route to our goal.

A man, who wants to control his animal passions, easily does so if he controls his palate.

There is no sin greater than ignorance.

Real affection is not shown through praise, but through service.

Self-imposed restrain is always beneficial.

Character, is any day more eloquent than speech.

We have within us both good and bad desires. It is our duty to cultivate the former and to suppress or eradicate the latter and if we fail therein we should remain brutes though born men.

You assist an administration most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees.

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.

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

We can win over the opponent by love, never by hate. Hate is the subtlest form of violence. We cannot be really non-violent, and yet have hate in us.

Truth is one, paths are many.

True humility means most strenuous and constant endeavour, entirely directed towards the service of humanity.

When man realises himself he is saved.

A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.

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.

It is good to die for religion but for religious fanaticism one must neither live nor die.

Continue to grow and evolve.

Beauty is an internal quality which is not visible to the physical eye.

We are the maker of our own destiny. We can mend or mar the present and on that will depend the future.

He who wishes to save time will never do a single unnecessary thing.

Truth is like a vast tree which yields more and more fruit the more you nurture it. The deeper the search in the mind of truth, the richer the discovery of the gems buried there.

Intolerance is a species of violence and therefore, against our creed.

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.

A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.

भूल करने में पाप तो है ही, पर उसे छिपाने में उससे भी बड़ा पाप है ।