Mahatma Gandhi Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927
1. Nothing is impossible for pure love.
#2-3 Young India, 06 August 1925, Quoted in Lessons in Non-violent Civil Disobedience: From the life of M. K. Gandhi and his Legacy, Arun J. Mehta
2. Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable.
3. A love that is based on the goodness of those whom you love is a mercenary affair, whereas true love is self-effacing and demands no consideration.
#4-5 The Law of Love
4. Wherever there are jars, wherever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love. In a crude manner, I have worked it out in my life. That does not mean that all my difficulties are solved. I have found, however, that this Law of Love has answered as the Law of Destruction has never done.
5. Love is reckless in giving away, oblivious as to what it gets in return.
#6 Young India, 09 July 1925
6. Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.
#7-8 An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927
7. “Hate the sin and not the sinner” is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practised, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world.
8. 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 seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always. (Source)
#9 Harijan, 17 August 1934
9. We can only win over the opponent by love, never by hate. Hate is the subtlest form of violence. We cannot be really non-violent and yet have hate in us.
Excerpt from Wikiquote: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi (Sanskrit: महात्मा mahātmā “Great Soul”). In India he is generally regarded as Bapu (Gujarati: બાપુ bāpu “father”), Jathi Pitha and Raashtra Pita; he was an advocate and pioneer of nonviolent social protest and direct action in the form he called Satyagraha. He led the struggle for India’s independence from British colonial rule.
1. A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
#2 In Ethical Religion, Madras: S. Ganesan, 1922, p. 62
2. A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
3. A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
#4 The Power Of Non-violence, Matchless Bravery
4. A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
5. Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
#6 Mahatma Gandhi may have used the expression, but no conclusive evidence for this has yet been discovered
6. An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
#7 Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi Vol. 33
7. Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
#8 Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World (1954), by Louis Fischer, p. 177
8. 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.
#9 The Wit and Wisdom of Gandhi, Edited by Homer A. Jack
9. It is no easy thing to walk on the sharp sword-edge of ahimsa in this world which is full of himsa. Wealth does not help; anger is the enemy of ahimsa; and pride is a monster that swallows it up. (Page 100)
#10 Non-Violent Resistance
10. A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.
#11 Hind Swaraj, Or Indian Home Rule (1946), p. 36
11. Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarreling?
#12-15 The Official Mahatma Gandhi eArchive & Reference Library, Quotes
12. Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
13. Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
14. 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.
15. The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
#16 Quoted in Gandhi’s Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Stanley A. Wolpert
16. I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough in me to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
#17 My Mission, No Gandhian Sect
17. I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could do.
#18 Lessons in Non-violent Civil Disobedience: From the life of M. K. Gandhi and his Legacy, Arun J. Mehta
18. I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.
#19 Violence And Terrorism, Popular Violence
19. I object to violence because, when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
#20 Young India, 19 November 1931
20. If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children; and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won’t have to struggle, we won’t have to pass fruitless idle resolutions. But we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which, consciously or unconsciously, the whole world is hungering.
#21 All Men are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections
21. It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
#22 Quoted in “Mahatma Gandhi and Comparative Religion”, K.L. Seshagiri Rao
22. 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.
#23 Quoted in “Gandhian Views on Health“
23. It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
#24 Harijan, 17 February 1940
24. 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.
#25 Gandhi on Non-Violence, Pg. 36
25. Non-violence 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 very being.
#26 Harijan, 10 December, 1938, CWMG, Vol. 68, pp. 173-4, 175
26. Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?
#27 Young India, 19 January 1928
27. I came to the conclusion long ago … that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu … But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian.
#28 Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi Online Vol. 51
28. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
#29 The Wisdom of Gandhi in His Own Words, 1943 edition
29. There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.
#30 Young India, 4 October 1930
30. To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?
#31 International Day of Non-Violence, 2 October 2008
31. There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.
#32 Mahatma: Life of Gandhi 1869-1948 (1968) Reel 31
32. My life is my message.
#33 All Life Is One, Mercy Killing
33. To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.
#34 Basic Education, 1951, p. 89
34. Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.
#35 Harijan, 30 January 1937, p. 407; In: My God (1962), Chapter 13. Pathways of God
35. For me the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree. Therefore they are equally true, though being received and interpreted through human instruments equally imperfect.
36. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. (Attributed to Gandhi in Stone, The Full Spectrum Synthesis Bible. However, very similar quotes are found in the nineteenth century)
#37 Hind Swaraj, 1908
37. In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.
#38 Satyagraha Leaflet No. 13, 03 May 1919
38. Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
#39 Young India, 04 August 1920
39. In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.
#40 Vol. 12: 1 April 1913 – 23 December 1914, The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi [S]
40. We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.
Unsourced Quotes attributed to Mahatma Gandhi
1. Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
2. An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
3. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
4. The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
5. I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
6. Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
7. Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
– I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
– I shall fear only God.
– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
– I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.
8. You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
9. The future depends on what we do in the present.
10. A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
11. Where there is love there is life.
Quotes misattributed to Mahatma Gandhi
1. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.
2. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
3. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.