Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.
An opponent is entitled to the same regard for his principles as we would expect others to have for ours. Nonviolence demands that we should seek every opportunity to win over opponents.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.
Nonviolence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment.
Truth quenches untruth, love quenches anger, selfsuffering quenches violence. This eternal rule is a rule not for saints only but for all.
My work will be finished if I succeed in carrying conviction to the human family, that every man or woman, however weak in body, is the guardian of his or her selfrespect and liberty, and that this defence prevails, though the world be against the individual resister.
Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him. I am prepared to sacrifice the things dearest to me in pursuit of this quest. Even if the sacrifice demanded my very life, I hope I may be prepared to give it.
We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.
A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption of our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider to our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so.
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.
There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, But in the end they always fall, always.”
“Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.” “What you do is of little significance; but it is very important that you do it.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“You may think [that] your actions are meaningless and that they won’t help, but that is no excuse, you must still act.”
“Earth provides for every man’s need, but not for every man’s greed.”
“If we are to reach real peace in this world, we shall have to begin with the children.”
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
“The difference between what we are doing and what we are capable of doing would solve most of the world’s problems.”
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
“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.”
“There is no god higher than truth.”
“Action expresses priorities.”
“Truth is by nature selfevident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, [truth] shines clear.”
“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”