Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi, one of the most influential figures in modern social and
political activism,
considered these traits to be the most spiritually perilous to humanity.

Wealth without Work
Pleasure without Conscience
Science without Humanity
Knowledge without Character
Politics without Principle
Commerce without Morality
Worship without Sacrifice

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

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

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

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

Hate the sin, love the sinner.

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.

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

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.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the
evil it does is permanent.
I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the
strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against
the heaviest odds.

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

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

You 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.

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

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

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

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.

[When asked what he thought of Western civilization, he replied:] I think it would be a good

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.

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and
deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after

Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.

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

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

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

A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to
please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
Where there is love there is life.

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

There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience,
Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity,
Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are

Non-violence does not signify that man must not fight against the enemy, and by enemy is
meant the evil which men do, not the human beings themselves.

The future depends on what we do in the present.

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

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.

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

There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.

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

The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where
all our battles should be fought.

Live simply that others may simply live.

Affection cannot be manufactored or regulated by law. If one has no affection for a person
or a system, one should be free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection, so long as
he does not contemplate, promote, or incite to violence.

No cost is too heavy for the preservation of one's honor.

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.

To conceal ignorance is to increase it. An honest confession of it, however, gives ground for
the hope that it will diminish some day or the other.

Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and
done by unarmed nations in the face of odds.

Democracy and violence can ill go together.
Evolution of democracy is not possible if we are not prepared to hear the other side.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.

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.

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.

You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees.
An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil.
A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul.

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

It may be long before the law of love will be recognized in international
affairs. The machinery's of government stand between and hide the hearts of
one people from those of another.

To forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in spite of the vivid
knowledge that the one that must be loved is not a friend.

What kind of victory is it when someone is left defeated?

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

Whether humanity will consciously follow the law of love, I do not know.
But that need not disturb me. The law will work just as the law of gravitation works,
whether we accept it or not.
The person who discovered the law of love was a far greater scientist than any of our
modern scientists.
Only our explorations have not gone far enough and so it is not possible for everyone to
see all its workings.

Violent means will give violent freedom.

However much I may sympathize with and admire worthy motives, I am an
uncompromising opponent of violent methods even to serve the noblest of

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 and his deed are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed should call
forth approbation, and a wicked deed disapprobation, the doer of the deed,
whether good or wicked always deserves respect or pity as the case may be.

Hate the sin and not the sinner is a precept which though easy enough to
understand is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred
spreads in the world.

Nonviolence and cowardice are contradictory terms. Nonviolence is the
greatest virtue, cowardice the greatest vice. Nonviolence springs from
love, cowardice from hate. Nonviolence always suffers, cowardice would
always inflict suffering. Perfect nonviolence is the highest bravery.
Nonviolent conduct is never demoralizing, cowardice always is.

Destruction is not the law of humans. Man lives freely only by his
readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
Every murder or other injury, no matter for what cause, committed or inflicted on
another is a crime against humanity.

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield
to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.

Nonviolence 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.

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.

It is the law of love that rules mankind. Had violence, i.e. hate, ruled us
we should have become extinct long ago. And yet, the tragedy of it is that
the so-called civilized men and nations conduct themselves as if the basis
of society was violence.

Gandhi was once asked what he thought about western civilization. His
response was: "I think it would be a good idea."

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