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Famous Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi

The world has angels whom we meet everyday. People who help us and guide us along the way. Whether it is a neighbor, a relative, a friend or a spouse, these people are angels here on earth. There is a great angel who remains with each of us today. The man's name is Gandhi and he left us all with a world of wonderful wisdom to guide our daily lives.

Yes, he changed the world, he worked tirelessly for liberty and justice. He was the ultimate pilgrim of peace but he also left a legacy of guidance that is paternal and universal for all of us to listen to and follow.

Journey with me as I share some of the greatest quotes in the world today. Words of wisdom from a man who was killed, assassinated on his way walking up to the podium for a prayer meeting. The killer wanted to kill his words, yet his words will forever live on and guide us.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Bapu, was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Wikipedia

Born: October 2, 1869, Porbandar, India

Full name: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Assassinated: January 30, 1948, New Delhi, India

Spouse: Kasturba Gandhi (m. 1883–1944)

Awards: Time's Person of the Year



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Famous Qutoes from Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi Quote on Education and Knowledge

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


Gandhi - Lover of Learning

Perhaps my favorite quote from Gandhi is "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." This simple statement says it all. It guides us and tell us what is really important.

When I find myself frustrated with the amount of time I spend researching and learning, when I look back on the dollars I spent on education and the time I devoted, I return to this quote and realize my priorities are in place.

Taking time to learn and grow is as important as serving others. It is the most important investment we can make in our lives and for our families.

I am excited for the world of learning. I am thrilled the world will change very rapidly with the advent of the Internet. Those who before had no access to knowledge now can reach a computer and learn through their own studies. This I believe Gandhi would have promoted with his whole being. I simply wish he were here today to see world wide change.

Obstacles - Blockades

Blockaee spelled out with a chest rook blocking the letters of "blockade"

Blockaee spelled out with a chest rook blocking the letters of "blockade"

Gandhi's Words Empower Us - Just As the Ruby Red Slippers Gave Dorothy Power

Wizard of Oz ruby red slippers and the green witches hands being repelled by the power of the slippers

Wizard of Oz ruby red slippers and the green witches hands being repelled by the power of the slippers

Gandhi - Overcoming Obstacles

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

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

"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."

Overcoming Personnel Obstacles

All of us face obstacles in life and we all have the ability to click our ruby red shoes and create a better situation.

Yet, we are often not given the guidance that we hold the power.

Gandhi's words of wisdom are literally are ruby red shoes.

He left us with the wisdom that we can change our lives. We can change the world. The power is within us.

Remember in the movie with the Wizard of Oz, the ruby red slippers held the power to return Dorothy home? Also, remember she ALWAYS had the power.

Perhaps most important of all is the fact that the wicked witch was unable to remove the ruby red slippers.

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For you see, we have the very same ability. Gandhi understood this strength, the origin of the strength and he shared with us the secret.

Logic - Light of Reason

"Even as wisdom often comes from the mouths of babes, so does it often come from the mouths of old people. The golden rule is to test everything in the light of reason and experience, no matter from where it comes." Mahatma Gandhi

Logic - Foundation of Learning

Why we do not introduce logic - deductive and inductive logic to our children in 1st grade, I canno fathom.

I was literally angry when I got to college, these new worlds were introduced to me of philosophy and logic.

To keep logic for the "very educated" is wrong. Gandhi detailed himself that we must think for ourselves yet we are not giving the tools that are needed to our children and to ourselves.

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Emancipation of Women

"Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacities. She has the right to participate in the minutest details in the activities of man, and she has an equal right of freedom and liberty with him." Mahatma Gandhi Quote

Freedom From Hatred - Emancipation of India and Women

Gandhi was perhaps best known for calling to the people of India to end internal fighting and for fighting for the freedom of his country was British Rule. What is perhaps not well publicized is Gandhi's emancipation of woman.

He is very clear in his words about the role that woman should play and how women should enjoy the same privileges of man.

Gandhi - Photos and Words of Wisdom

Gandhi Thoughts on Religion

"Non cooperation with evil is a sacred duty."

To paraphrase Gandhi - "I, like Jesus (meaning similar in understanding), do not like Christians"....

Gandhi was a man of love, love of all men and any separation and harm, any isolation he felt hurt man and mankind.

I guess if Gandhi were here or Jesus, I would like to ask specifically is it evil to separate and exclude?

Gandhi's Quotes on Our Role Our Responsibility

"We must be the change we wish to see."

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

"There are times when you have to obey a call which is the highest of all, i.e., the voice of 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."

Biography Brief - Mahatmas Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gandhi is commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi)

b October 2nd 1869

d January 30 1948

Historical Role: Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British ruled India.

Religion: Hinduism

Children: 5, 4 surviving.

Personal Mantras - Unity: Stop the carnage between Hindus and Muslims; emancipation of women, emancipation of India.

Death: Assassinated at age 79 on January 30, 1948 while walking to the platform for a prayer meeting.

Gandhi as a Role Model for Pilgrim of Peace

Each and every one of us is responsible. The trite saying that if we are not part of the solution, we are then part of the problem is true. If our family members go to war in the battle fields, live their families, their spouses, their children, travel to a foreign land to fight for our freedom, do we just sit here?

No, we are responsible.

If government regulation is lacking, we are responsible for not speaking up.

If taxes are harmful to our economy, we must speak up.

If another is injured and freedom is jeopardized, we are responsible.

If another is starving, we are responsible.

It is our duty to help in any way possible.

I realize money is tight and times are challenging, do what you can. Speak, write, listen. It is not about money.

Gandhi died with less than $3. He lived to serve us and he left us a legacy of quotes and pathways for us to guide our lives. You too can live in Gandhi's pilgrim of peace, you can write and support peace and speak up for justice.

Each of us can be a pilgrim of peace.

Gandhi - Pilgrim of Peace

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Biography of Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi's Wisdom on Forgiveness

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



Forgiveness - Attribute of the Strong

Gandhi understood the strength it takes for forgiveness. We grow by the pain we experience only if we ask for God's grace toforgive.

We cannot forgive on our own.

It takes a wise and humble man to understand forgiveness takes a spiritual strength that only we can attain by prayer and intimate disclosure with God.

Seek and ye shall find, ask and it shall be given to you but forgiveness will take time and allot of effort and spirituality growth.

If you have ever been deeply hurt, you know how anger replaces joy in your soul. If you have ever been hurt and have been able to forgive, you are truly blessed because you have grown.

Walls that Men Build in the Machineries of Government

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

Law of Love

Gandhi's philosophy was clear and concise with the premise being the "law of love". Hiding the heart of each other is a wall that we built, we further complicate things by instilling "governmental machineries" that perpetuate these man made walls.

Mankind was made to love not to build walls.

Gandhi's Parental Guidance on Life

“Gandhi's Seven Sins

Wealth without work

Pleasure without conscience

Knowledge without character

Commerce without morality

Science without humility

Worship without sacrifice

Politics without principle”

Mahatma Gandhi quotes (Indian Pacifist and Human Rights Activist, 1869-1948)

Gandhi Taught Us How to Live - Parental Guidance

Gandhi guided more than the world, he left us with memorable words for each of us. These words can guide our life in the right direction.

Too many of us are raised without a strong parent in our lives. Sadly, more of us are raised with a strong parent who is working multiple jobs and lack the quality time that we need to have develop a strong moral direction.

Gandhi is the parent your parent wants to be to you. When you hear and read Gandhi's words, they are words of kindness and love. They are wise words that can guide you for a lifetime.

Gandhi is a leader not just for India, not just for Asia, not just for the world, he is the parental figure that all of us need in our lives.

Test Your Knowledge About Gandhi

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is the proper spelling for Mahatma Gandhi?
    • Gandhi
    • Ghandi
    • Either one - Ghandi or Gandhi
  2. Gandhi crafted the Seven Sins
    • True
    • False
  3. Gandhi crafted the "Law of Love"
    • True
    • False
  4. Gandhi believed only the strong can forgive.
    • True
    • False
  5. Gandhi has been quoted to like Jesus but not like Christians.
    • True
    • False
  6. Gandhi has been reported to weigh less than 100 pounds, one account weighs him in at 90 pounds
    • True
    • False
  7. Gandhi is quotes as saying God has no religion.
    • True
    • False
  8. Gandhi was assassinated?
    • True
    • False

Answer Key

  1. Gandhi
  2. True
  3. True
  4. True
  5. True
  6. True
  7. True
  8. True

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Gandhi's Guidance of Love, Forgiveness and Peace

Gandhi showed us and told us how to live.

He wanted all humans to love and he lived to tear down the barriers that religions put between men.

He taught us humbleness, love and forgiveness. He spoke to our hearts and guided us as to what God wants for all of us.

Christians, Muslims, Jews - unite - after all with the "e" we are a simple "unit", if we unite, we build upon the love that God has for us.

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

© 2012 ALL4JESUS


ALL4JESUS (author) from USA on November 26, 2012:

Oh, you are right. I didn't have room for everything. I appreciate you taking the time to notice and help contribute. He was simply a man of hundreds of great quotes. Absolutely remarkable. As the computer world advances, I hope more people come to know and love this great man.

Mahatma and Mother Teresa were all about love and seeing one another for our mutual humanity. The quote you gave is very essential to Mahatma's thoughts and goals.

Living like Christ and developing a personal relationship to truly be like Jesus is a major step in self development. Quoting the bible and calling ourselves something is not Christ-like. I think the hardest lessons in our busy lives is 1.) forgiveness and 2.) developing a personal relationship with Jesus. Jesus is real and if we seek him we will find him!

Thank you so much for bringing an important quote to light from this phenomenal man of God.

Elizabeth from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions on November 21, 2012:

I skimmed, but didn't see one of my favorite quotes by Gandhi

"i like your Christ. I don't like your Christians. They're nothing like your Christ"

ALL4JESUS (author) from USA on April 28, 2012:


Oh, you are wonderful as are the words of this great man. Decades later Gandhi still has the power to touch each of us.

Gandhi is pure inspiration to follow what is good in the world and fight evil.

Claire on April 28, 2012:

Great Hub about one of the wisest people of the 20th my humble opinion.

Voted up and awesome

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