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Mahatma Gandhi

1869-1948 ,  Indian leader of independence
Mahatma GandhiIndian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India. As such, he came to be considered the father of his country.

Gandhi is internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest (satyagraha) to achieve political and social progress.The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: "high-souled", "venerable") was applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa and is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu (Gujarati: endearment for "father") and Gandhiji.

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A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.

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

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

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

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

For me the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree.

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

God has no religion.

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

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

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

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.

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

My life is my message.

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world; but to change ourselves.

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

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.

Speak only if it improves upon the silence.

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

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

The future depends on what you do today.

The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.

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

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

Truth never damages a cause that is just.

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

When you are right,you have no need to be angry. When you are wrong, you have no right to be angry.

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

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


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