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Inspiring Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi

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Fondly referred to as Bapu and the the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi would have been 145 years old today. As we celebrate the 8th day of Navaratri with the Saraswati puja, dedicated to the Goddess of Knowledge, we also celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, which is a national holiday in India.

Here are some of my favorite inspiring quotes by Mahatma Gandhi – quotes that empower and motivate.

  1. Be the change you want to see in the world.”
  2. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
  3. “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”
  4. “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
  5. “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.”
  6. “If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
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  8. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
  9. “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
  10. Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
  11. “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
  12. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
  13. “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.”inspiring quotes vidya sury 4
  14. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”
  15. “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
  16. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
  17. “An ounce of patience is worth more than a tonne of preaching.”
  18. “Change yourself – you are in control.”
  19. “See the good in people and help them.”inspiring quotes vidya sury
  20. “Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.”
  21. “Take care of this moment.”
  22. “Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.”
  23. “Continue to grow and evolve.”
  24. “A no uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ uttered merely to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
  25. “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”
  26. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
  27. “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
  28. “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”inspiring quotes vidya sury
  29. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
  30. Seven Deadly Sins
    Wealth without work
    Pleasure without conscience
    Science without humanity
    Knowledge without character
    Politics without principle
    Commerce without morality
    Worship without sacrifice.”
  31. Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
  32. 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.inspiring quotes vidya sury
  33. “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.”
  34. “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
  35. “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way 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.”
  36. “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.”
  37. “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.”
  38. “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
  39. “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”inspiring quotes vidya sury
  40. “Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something,it makes me incapable of doing it. When I believe I can,I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.’
  41. “If you want something really important to be done you must not merely satisfy the reason, you must move the heart also.”
  42. “Where there is love there is life”
  43. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
  44. “We often become what we believe ourselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.”

I hope you enjoyed these inspiring quotes by Mahatma Gandhiji.

Have you read his book – The Story of My Experiments with Truth? (Click the title to read). You can download it here. I first read it when I was in high school and enjoyed it very much.

Did any of these inspiring quotes speak to you? Which one is your favorite? ♥

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4 Comments

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    Proactive Indian
    October 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I particularly liked 14. Incidentally, ‘faultness’ should be ‘faultless’.
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    Sebastian Aiden Daniels
    October 4, 2014 at 3:36 am

    One that stood out to me was the one about not knowing the full extent of what your actions will result in, but if you don’t do anything then there will be no results.

    A decision you make now could be a life changer two years from now. The snowball effect is in constant play in life. It is an interesting thing to think about. Thanks for the quotes : D.
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    Birgit
    October 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I love these quotes and this is one great man! The quotes 9 to 12 resonate (well they all do) and the quote “Nobody van hurt me without my permission” is so true-hard to do but so true. The deadly sins is apt for today in this day and age of the Kardasshians and all those housewife shows-it is sad but they oo shall pass like a kidney stone
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