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Inspirational Mahatma Gandhi quotes on life, love, religion, faith and humanity.

180 Inspiring Quotes By Mahatma Gandhi That Will Make You Want To Change The World.

Quick Facts

Famous As
Leader of Indian Independence Movement

Born On
02 October 1869 AD

Died On
30 January 1948 AD

Born In
Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire

Died At Age
78

Once upon a time there was a boy who would keep to himself. While others chatted on their way to school and back, the shy kid would speak rarely. One day an inspection team arrived at the school to check on the quality of education being imparted at the school.
The inspector gave a small test to the students. They had to write the five spellings he dictated. All the boys were able to write the spellings correctly. But the shy boy found it difficult to write the fifth word. Noticing this, the teacher, who obviously wanted to create a good impression on the Inspector, signaled to him that he should ask his neighbor for help.

The boy however did not pay heed to his teacher as he believed cheating was wrong. While all the other students in the class aced the test, he failed to write the fifth spelling.

The teacher was furious at this and after the inspector left he reprimanded the boy saying, "I told you to copy from your neighbor, couldn't you even do that correctly?" Everyone mocked the boy and laughed at him.

However, the boy remained unaffected by all this as he believed that he had done the right thing by not copying the answers. He also felt that the teacher should not have asked him to cheat.

Do you know who this shy and righteous kid was? He was none other than Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Read on to find some of the inspiring quotes by the famous leader.

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- All Men are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections, Mahatma Gandhi

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Where there is love there is life.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

- Mahatma Gandhi

God has no religion.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Hate the sin, love the sinner.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

The future depends on what you do today.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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 in the holy name of liberty or democracy?

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

Truth never damages a cause that is just.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Action expresses priorities.

- Mahatma Gandhi

My Life is My Message

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.

- Mahatma Gandhi

There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

- Mahatma Gandhi

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

- The Story of My Experiments With Truth, Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one's self-respect.

- Fools, Mahatma Gandhi

There is no 'way to peace,' there is only 'peace.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Truth is one, paths are many.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Speak only if it improves upon the silence.

- Mahatma Gandhi

I was reading.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.

- The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Mahatma Gandhi

If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.

- Mahatma Gandhi

(When asked what he thought of Western civilization): 'I think it would be a good idea.

- Mahatma Gandhi

It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one's acts.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.

- Mahatma Gandhi

It is easier to build a boy than to mend a man.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

What barrier is there that love cannot break?

- The Story of My Experiments With Truth, Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.

- The Words of Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi

Live simply so that others may simply live.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

There are no good-byes, where ever you'll be, you'll be in my heart.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

- Mahatma Gandhi

The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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.

- Mahatma Gandhi

The path is the goal.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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. Where in is the cause for anger, envy or discrimination?

- Mahatma Gandhi

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

- Mahatma Gandhi