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Gandhi quotes : Introduction
I just have to write about this universal icon of non-violence. You would have read the Gandhi quotes many times; some superimposed into the pictures of this great man. So this article is nothing new, except maybe the three stories at the end of this article. It is an honor to add Gandhi quotes in my portfolio of articles.
Just to refresh, Gandhi’s full name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He was born on 2 October 1869; and tragically his life was untimely terminated on 30 January 1948, although at a relatively ripe old age of 79. The person responsible for this heinous crime was Nathuram Vinayak Godse who had to pay with his own life. This culprit must be a mad man.
Gandhi was honored with various titles. The most revered term is Mahatma meaning Great Soul. The other one is “Bapu”, for Father. Father of Indian Independence. Father of the Nation. His trade mark was his attire, or lack of it! He wore the traditional Indian dhoti, and has been addressed as “the Great Soul in beggar’s garb”.
His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-violence.
Gandhi quotes with pictures
My other favorite Gandhi quotes
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
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.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
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.
When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
My life is my message.
Gandhi quotes you may not have heard
Now the three Gandhi quotes that you may not have heard.
When asked why he always took 3rd class train rides, Gandhi said,
" Because there is no 4th class."
I heard this in the movie "Gandhi". When someone in distraught asked what he should do after having killed a Muslim child, Gandhi said,
"Go and adopt a Muslim orphan."
During Gandhi's student days, he stayed in a boarding house. The landlady told Gandhi that her young son had much respect for him. She then appealed to Gandhi to advise her son not to take too much sugar. After a period of no action, she reminded Gandhi of her request; and Gandhi said,
"I am sorry ma'am, I haven't cut down on sugar yet. I promise I shall tell your son once I cut down on my sugar intake."
Latest story from one of my readers
And this is a very interesting story about Gandhi's iconic attire :
Comment by reader "ajay" on 30 July, 2013:
The universal message that Mahatma gave to mankind is ...there is nothing stronger than a human's sheer determination and perseverance. Although he was humuiliated and tortured physically...he knew the opposite site being human alike will eventually realise the beauty of giving rather than taking....
He was actually very particular about his attire during his younger days as a barrister...but one incident changed his thought process forever...he could not accept the fact that his countrymen are suffering from poverty as the Indian cotton industry in decline due to cloths from Manchester were preferred. So leading by example he started wearing indian clothes and until his death never ever once seen in anything associated with British style. He could not betray his countrymen...
Gandhi's speech on Youtube
Gandhi's Cremation on Youtube
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Mr Mughal from Faisalabad Pakistan on April 12, 2019:
"I just have to write about this universal icon of non-violence" how? how? his Swadeshi movement, civil disobedience movement and many other incidence in life depicts that he was a promoter of violence in history of India. he was a man of non violence but that is just ten to fifteen percent of his life.
Deepti Jain from New Delhi, India on June 16, 2018:
Today when we are reeling with turmoils like capitalism, cleptocracy, terrorism so on and so forth, we need to fervently promote the teaching and ideologies of out founding fathers like Gandhi, Nehru, Abraham Lincoln etc. It was very nice to read your article.
Alekha on March 20, 2014:
Thank-you for this blog. No matter how many people fought or die but Gandhi won real quest above fear by wisdom of love. He understood consciousness.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on July 29, 2013:
Thanks for visiting, and the interesting story about Gandhi's attire. I have taken the liberty to include your story in my article under the caption "Latest story from one of my readers". Scroll down to the end and you find your story which I "copy & paste".
ajay on July 29, 2013:
The universal message that Mahatma gave to mankind is ...there is nothing stronger than a human's sheer determination and perseverence. Although he was humuiliated and tortured physically...he knew the opposite site being human alike will eventually realise the beauty of giving rather than taking....
He was actually very particular about his attire during his younger days as a barrister...but one incident changed his thought process forever...he could not accept the fact that his countrymen are suffering from poverty as the Indian cotton industry in decline due to cloths from Manchester were preferred. So leading by example he started wearing indian clothes and until his death never ever once seen in anything associated with British style. He could not betray his countymen...
vandynegl from Ohio Valley on July 20, 2013:
I enjoyed this as well as your comments about the Buddhist's 3 roots of evil. I plan to look into this more.
Thank you for writing!
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 12, 2011:
Thanks for visiting and vote up.
Steven Miller from Ohio Great City of Dayton on March 11, 2011:
Well any hub about Gandhi I will surely vote up, as Gandhi is one of my three favorite people who have ever lived. Thanks for the great hub.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 07, 2011:
Hi safiq ali patel,
Gandhi quotes are freely available in the internet.
Thanks for reading and the encouragement.
safiq ali patel from United States Of America on March 07, 2011:
A superb collection of quotes from Indian Independence Leader Mahatma Ghandi. Brilliant hub. Thank you.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 05, 2011:
Thanks for comment.
akuigla on March 04, 2011:
I enjoyed reading your hub.
Gandhi was and still is one of my life teachers.
Im still struggling to understand the world.
So far, Gandhi and his words are closer to my soul than philosophy and teaching of any other great person in the worlds history.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 04, 2011:
Hi what_say_you ,
Looking deep into life may give you understanding into existence. From there you may experience inner peace, and contentment.
what_say_you from Louisiana on March 04, 2011:
Thank you for your fast response. I am going to have to sincerely think about your response. Looking too deep into life can cause stress ;0).
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 04, 2011:
"Delusion" here is used in the Buddhist context, meaning, not knowing the real nature of life. The next question you will ask is "what is the real nature of life?". You don't need to believe in Buddhism; but if you look deep in life, you would notice 3 things. They are:
1. Existence is not a permanent experience. We are going to die in due course.
2. Existence is very unsatisfactory. We cannot control many things in our life. There is a lot of sorrow in life.
3. Existence is a natural phenomenon. In the final analysis, life has no substance.
what_say_you from Louisiana on March 04, 2011:
Hi Good Guy,
I am surprised that delusion is considered a root of evil, would you mind explaining that to me? Thanks!!
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 03, 2011:
In each of us we have what the Buddhists call the 3 roots of evil; namely greed, hatred, and delusion. It is up to us to make effort to reduce them.
what_say_you from Louisiana on March 03, 2011:
I used to think I knew the meaning of humble until I read this Hub..thank you for sharing..If I was more selfish I would believe it was purposely posted for me to find.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 02, 2011:
Hi VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA,
Gandhi's non-violence strategy worked because the former colonial masters valued civility and was sensitive to unlawful violence. They knew the whole world was watching them, and they couldn't use brute force to control Gandhi. Gandhi was fortunate to have dealt with a civil power.
Look at the present scenario, North Korea, Myanmar, and so many African and Middle eastern countries. Gandhi's method would not be able to achieve the desired results.
VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA from India. on March 01, 2011:
Gandhi's quotes are very much necessary for the Indian society and politicians. He is an example of sacrifice which a man can do for the society and his country. No one can match him, as he never claimed power in independent India, for which he fought for decades...
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 01, 2011:
Actually the Gandhi quotes are easilly found in the internet by just Google "Gandhi quotes", maybe with the 3 exceptions written by me.
I just like to have this article in my portfolio of articles.
Thanks for visiting and comment.
Kimberly Lake from California on March 01, 2011:
Thank you for the beautiful collection of Quotes of Ghandi. He was such an inspiration to all.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on February 28, 2011:
Yes, Gandhi was a great human being.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Rob from Oviedo, FL on February 28, 2011:
He was a great man. One of the finest examples of what a human being can become.