Mahatma Gandhi
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"Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi" was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British Raj/British-ruled India. Employing nonviolence/nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific "Mahatma" (Sanskrit: "high-souled", "venerable")—applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa,—is now used worldwide. He is also called "Bapu" (Gujarati language/Gujarati: endearment for "father", "papa") in India.

Born and raised in a Hindu Bania (caste)/merchant caste family in coastal Gujarat, western India, and trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, Gandhi first employed nonviolent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights. After his return to India in 1915, he set about organising peasants, farmers, and urban labourers to protest against excessive land-tax and discrimination. Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women's rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending dalit/untouchability, but above all for achieving Swaraj or self-rule.

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We must become the change we want to see.

The future depends on what we do in the present.

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

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

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

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Live simply that others may simply live.

All truths, not merely ideas, but truthful faces, truthful pictures or songs, are highly beautiful.

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.

The good man is the friend of all living things.

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.

If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.

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

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

Non-violence does not signify that man must not fight against the enemy, and by enemy is meant the evil which men do, not the human beings themselves.

I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.

I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.

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

Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.

Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty, it is it's own reward. Everything else is in God's hands.

I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.

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.

Where there is love there is life.

What do I think of Western civilisation? I think it would be a very good idea.

To conceal ignorance is to increase it. An honest confession of it, however, gives ground for the hope that it will diminish some day or the other.

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.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

I think it would be a good idea.

There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

Affection cannot be manufactored or regulated by law. If one has no affection for a person or a system, one should be free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection, so long as he does not contemplate, promote, or incite to violence.

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always.

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.

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

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

Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.

Hate the sin, love the sinner.

The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.

No cost is too heavy for the preservation of one's honor.

A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.

I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life.

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.

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

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy.

The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.