When I lose my courage and my belief that I can transform the world I am always reminded that I have been blessed with the far more challenging and critical task of transforming myself.
This year the 70th anniversary of the death of Monhandas K. (Mahatma) Gandhi. He was struck down by an assassin’s bullet on January 30, 1948. His assassin was a Hindu extremist angry that Gandhi had made concessions to the newly formed Pakistan in an attempt to keep the peace.
On that January evening, one of the great lights of our time went out. Here was a man full of flaws, to be sure, but unifying figure in a chaotic time and place. He was a kind of George Washington (father of his country) and Martin Luther King (conscience of the country) rolled into one for India. He was the father of his country and used many civil disobedience tactics that would be employed by Dr. King a generation later.
His followers called him Mahatma (“great soul”) or Bapu (“father”). His message was popularized for the modern world in the 1982 academy award winning movie Gandhi starring Ben Kingsley. Gandhi’s tactics demonstrated that the sword and the power of an empire are no match for a determined man of peace. Thankfully, his legacy lives on in the wise words he left for us to ponder.
Here are some of his most powerful and insightful quotes.
- “A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
- “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
- “Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
- “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”
- “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
- “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
- “Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.”
- “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.”
- “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
- “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
- “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
- “I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”
- “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.”
- “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
- “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.”
- “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
- “I have only three enemies. My favorite enemy, the one most easily influenced for the better, is the British Empire. My second enemy, the Indian people, is far more difficult. But my most formidable opponent is a man named Mohandas K. Gandhi. With him I seem to have very little influence.”
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