200+ Inspiring Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Education:

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

  • A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them. He who learns nothing from his disciples is, in my opinion, worthless. Whenever I talk with someone I learn from him. I take from him more than I give him.

  • An education which does not teach us to discriminate between good and bad, to assimilate the one and eschew the other, is a misnomer.

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

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

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

  • Education in the understanding of citizenship is a short-term affair if we are honest and earnest.

  • Education is the basic tool for the development of consciousness and the reconstitution of society.

  • Education should be so revolutionized as to answer the wants of the poorest villager, instead of answering those of an imperial exploiter.

  • Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers.

  • Experience gained in two schools under my control has taught me that punishment does not purify, if anything, it hardens children.

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

  • I saw that bad handwriting should be regarded as a sign of an imperfect education.

  • Is not education the art of drawing out full manhood of the child under training?

  • It is now my opinion that in all Indian curricula of higher education there should be a place for Hindi, Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic and English besides of course the vernacular.

  • Knowledge gained through experience is far superior and many times more useful than bookish knowledge.

  • Learning takes us through many stages of life, but it fails utterly in the hour of danger and temptation. Then faith alone saves.

  • Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit.

  • Literary education must follow the education of the hand -the one gift that distinguishes man from beast.

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

  • Love requires that true education should be easily accessible to all and should be of use to every villager in this daily life. The emphasis laid on the principle of spending every minute of one’s life usefully is the best education for citizenship.

  • 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.

  • Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind.

  • The purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.

  • Real education has to draw out the best from the boys and girls to be educated.

  • Schools and colleges are really a factory for turning out clerks for the Government.

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

  • The aim of a university education should be to turn out true servants of the people who will live and die for the country’s freedom.

  • The alphabet of ahimsa is best learnt in domestic school and I can say from experience that if we secure success there, we are sure to do so everywhere else.

  • The notion of education through handicrafts rises from the contemplation of truth and love permeating life’s activities.

  • There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.

  • Those who know how to think to need no teachers.

  • Today I know that physical training should have as much place in the curriculum as mental training.

  • True education must correspond to the surrounding circumstances or it is not a healthy growth.

  • What is really needed to make democracy function is not the knowledge of facts, but the right education.

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

  • You must not lose faith in humanity.  Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Life:

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

  • A man of character will make himself worthy of any position he is given.

  • A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.

  • A thousand candles can be lighted from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself.

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

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

  • An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does the truth become error because nobody will see it.

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

  • But 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.

  • Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words.  Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions.  Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits, for they shall become your values.  Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.

  • Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them-a desire, a dream, and a vision.

  • 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.

  • Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.

  • Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful.  Just put forth a clear enough request and everything your heart desires must come to you.

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

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

  • Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.

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

  • Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.

  • Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.

  • I claim that the human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.

  • 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.

  • It does not require money, to live neat, clean and dignified.

  • If you don’t find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.

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

  • It is man’s social nature which distinguishes him from the brute creation. If it is his privilege to be independent, it is equally his duty to be inter-dependent. Only an arrogant man will claim to be independent of everybody else and be self-contained.

  • It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.

  • Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your Words.  Keep your words positive because your words become your Behavior.  Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your Habit.  Keep your habits positive because your habits become your Values.  Keep your values positive because your values become your Destiny.

  • Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plain living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment.

  • Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you.  Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time.  If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind.  Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.

  • 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.

  • One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.

  • Outward peace is useless without inner peace.

  • Poverty is the worst form of violence.

  • Prayer from the heart can achieve what nothing else can in the world.

  • Prayer is a confession of one’s own unworthiness and weakness.

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

  • Relationships are based on four principles: respect, understanding, acceptance and appreciation.

  • Religions are different roads converging upon the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads, so long as we reach the same goal?

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

  • Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity.

  • Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Speak only if it improves upon the silence.

  • Strength does not come from winning.  Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is a strength.

  • The enemy is fear.  We think it is hate; but, it is fear.

  • The future depends on what we do in the present.

  • The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, and act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.

  • The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.

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

  • There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.

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

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

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

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

  • Whatever you do will be insignificant. But it is very important that you do it.

  • You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you.  All you can do is change how you react to it.

  • You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Love:

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

  • A love that is based on the goodness of those whom you love is a mercenary affair, whereas true love is self-effacing and demands no consideration.

  • 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.

  • Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.

  • God can never be realized by one who is not pure of heart.

  • Hate the sin, love the sinner.

  • Hatred can be overcome only by love.

  • Hatred ever kills, love never dies. Such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time? What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred?

  • In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

  • It is not non-violence if we merely love those that love us.  It is non-violence only when we love those that hate us.  I know how difficult it is to follow this grand law of love.  But are not all great and good things difficult to do?

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

  • Love never asks it gives.

  • Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents never revenges itself.

  • One who hooks his fortune to ahimsa, the law of love, daily lessens the circle of destruction and to that extent promotes life and love.

  • 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 than the one derived from fear of punishment.

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

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

  • The friendship that insists upon agreement on all things isn’t worth the name.

  • The law of love could be understood and learned through children.

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

  • There is no love where there is no will.

  • There is no such thing as ‘too insane’ unless others turn up dead due to your actions.

  • To forgive is not to forget.  The merit lies in loving in spite of vivid knowledge that one that must be loved is not a friend.  There is no merit in loving an enemy when you forget him for a friend.

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

  • To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face, one must be able to love the meanest of all creation as oneself.

  • True love is boundless like the ocean and, swelling within one, spreads itself out and, crossing all boundaries and frontiers, envelops the whole world.

  • Trusting one another, however, can never mean trusting with the lip and mistrusting in the heart.

  • What barrier is there that love cannot break?

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

  • Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.

  • Where love is, there God is also.

  • Where there is love there is life.

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

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Peace:

  • A “NO” uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a “YES” merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

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

  • Concession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer.  I feel stronger for confession.

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

  • I am a man of peace.  I believe in peace.  But I do not want peace at any price.

  • If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children.

  • 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.

  • Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.

  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.

  • Our life is a long arduous quest after truth and the soul requires inward restfulness to attain its full height.

  • Peace cannot be built on exclusivism, absolutism, and intolerance.  But neither can it be built on vague liberal slogans and pious programs gestated in the smoke of confabulation.

  • Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.

  • The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-co-operation with everything humiliating.

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

  • The greater the realization of truth and ahimsa, the greater the illumination.

  • The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall.  He frees himself and shows the way to others.  Freedom and slavery are mental states.

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

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

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

  • Tolerance is the only thing that will enable persons belonging to different religions to live as good neighbours and friends.

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

  • When you allow your ego to control your thoughts, everything you believe becomes an illusion.

  • You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Mahatma Gandhi’s Thoughts:

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

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

  • A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.

  • A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.

  • A person who is worried about the outcome of his work does not see his goal; he sees only his opposition and the obstacles before him.

  • 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 a witness.

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

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

  • For me, the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree.  Therefore, they are equally true, though being received and interpreted through human instruments equally imperfect.

  • I came to the conclusion long ago … that all religions were true, and also that all had some error in them.

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

  • I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.

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

  • I eat to live, to serve, and also, if it so happens, to enjoy, but I do not eat for the sake of enjoyment.

  • I have known many meat-eaters to be far more non-violent than vegetarians.

  • 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.

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

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

  • I offer you peace.   I offer you love.  I offer your friendship.  I see your beauty.  I hear your need.  I feel your feelings.  My wisdom flows from the highest source.  I salute the source in you.  Let us work together for unity and love.

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

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

  • 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.

  • In fact, it is more correct to say that Truth is God than to say that God is Truth.

  • It is my conviction that nothing enduring can be built on violence.

  • It’s always been a mystery to me how people can respect themselves when they humiliate other humans.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • My life is an indivisible whole, and all my attitudes run into one another, and they all have their rise in my insatiable love for mankind.

  • Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

  • Non-violence is the first article of my faith.  It is also the last article of my creed.

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

  • Our innermost prayer should be that a Hindu become a better Hindu; a Muslim a better Muslim; a Christian a better Christian.

  • Rationalists are admirable beings; rationalism is a hideous monster when it claims for itself omnipotence.  Attribution of omnipotence to reason is as bad a piece of idolatry as is the worship of stock and stone believing it to be God.  I plead not for the suppression of reason, but for a due recognition of that in us which sanctifies reason.

  • The cause of liberty becomes a mockery if the price to be paid is the wholesale destruction of those who are to enjoy liberty.

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

  • 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?

  • The world is the problem; the atomic bomb is the answer.

  • There are two days in the year that we cannot do anything, yesterday and tomorrow.

  • There is a force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.

  • There is no God higher than truth.

  • 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.

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

  • To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.

  • War is an unmitigated evil. But it certainly does one good thing.  It drives away fear and brings bravery to the surface

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

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

  • When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won.  There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall.  Think of it – always.

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

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