Gandhi: Quotes on Life, Love, and Meditation From Mahatma Ghandi

October 2, 2014 Updated: October 2, 2014    

It’s Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday today, October 2. The esteemed leader of the Indian independence movement was born in 1869 and lived until 1948.

Ghandi is held up as an example of a man who got things done with peaceful means.

See some quotes below.

1. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

2. “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.”

3. “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

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

5. “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” 

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

7. “Where there is love there is life.”

8. “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

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

10. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

(AP Photo, File)
(AP Photo, File)

11. “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”

12. “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.”

13. “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

14. “A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”

15. “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”

16. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

17. “We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.”

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. “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”

20. “The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.”

21. “Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.”

22. “When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.”

23. “Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.”

24. “He is lost who is possessed by carnal desire.”