147 Mahatma Gandhi Quotes [Meaningful]

Devang Vibhakar

Mahatma Gandhi quotes is a collection of words of wisdom not about one aspect but many, like peace, success, unity, leadership, education, truth, non-violence and it goes on.


Mahatma Gandhi lived the life and gave message through his life instead of mere words and that has made him one of the greatest human beings who ever walked the earth. Renowned scientist Albert Einstein once said, “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.

He is such a person that needs no introduction but let’s take a brief glance at him.

Mahatma Gandhi, also known as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was one of the most prominent leaders of the Indian independence movement. Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, a coastal town in present-day Gujarat(you would be surprised to know that I’m also from the state of Gujarat!), India, Gandhi was the youngest of four siblings.

He studied law in England and later worked as a lawyer in South Africa. It was during this time that he became interested in social and political issues and started to develop his philosophy of non-violent resistance, which he called Satyagraha.

Gandhi returned to India in 1915 and became involved in the Indian independence movement. He advocated for non-violent resistance and civil disobedience as a means to achieve political and social change. He led several successful campaigns, including the Salt March of 1930, which was a pivotal moment in the struggle for Indian independence.

Despite facing imprisonment and violence, Gandhi remained committed to his philosophy of non-violence and his belief in the power of love and compassion. His teachings and leadership had a profound impact not only in India but also around the world, inspiring civil rights movements and non-violent struggles for freedom and justice.

Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, by a Hindu nationalist who disagreed with his beliefs and approach to politics. However, his legacy continues to inspire millions of people to work for a more peaceful and just world.

His autobiography My experiments with Truth is one of the most sold books in the world and is translated into many languages including regional languages as well as international languages. His message of truth and non-violence never gets old, rather becoming the most needed messages in today’s chaotic world which talks in the language of war and nuclear power.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes Short

1. God has no religion. – Mahatma Gandhi


2. My life is my message. – Mahatma Gandhi


3. Peace is its own reward. – Mahatma Gandhi


4. Take care of this moment. – Mahatma Gandhi


5. Action expresses priorities. – Mahatma Gandhi


6. Full effort is full victory. – Mahatma Gandhi


7. Truth is one, paths are many. – Mahatma Gandhi


8. Hate the sin, love the sinner. – Mahatma Gandhi


9. Where love is, there God is also. – Mahatma Gandhi


10. There is no god higher than truth. – Mahatma Gandhi


11. Where there is love there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi

12. Find purpose. The means will follow. – Mahatma Gandhi

13. Imitation is the sincerest flattery. – Mahatma Gandhi

14. In the midst of death life persists. – Mahatma Gandhi

15. Self-respect knows no considerations. – Mahatma Gandhi

16. Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi

17. Poverty is the worst form of violence. – Mahatma Gandhi

18. To lose patience is to lose the battle. – Mahatma Gandhi

19. The future depends on what you do today. – Mahatma Gandhi

20. True beauty consists of purity of heart. – Mahatma Gandhi

21. Fear has its use but cowardice has none. – Mahatma Gandhi

22. In a gentle way, you can shake the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

23. Nobody can hurt me without my permission. – Mahatma Gandhi

24. Truth never damages a cause that is just. – Mahatma Gandhi

25. A man of truth must also be a man of care. – Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

26. Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi


27. Live simply so that others may simply live. – Mahatma Gandhi


28. Speak only if it improves upon the silence. – Mahatma Gandhi

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29. Nonviolence is impossible without humility. – Mahatma Gandhi


30. There is no path to peace. Peace is the path. – Mahatma Gandhi


31. What barrier is there that love cannot break? – Mahatma Gandhi


32. Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress. – Mahatma Gandhi


33. The good man is the friend of all living things. – Mahatma Gandhi


34. Silence is the best answer to anger. – Mahatma Gandhi


35. The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi

36. There is more to life than increasing its speed. – Mahatma Gandhi

37. Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion. – Mahatma Gandhi

38. Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause. – Mahatma Gandhi

39. Civilization is the encouragement of differences. – Mahatma Gandhi

40. An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind. – Mahatma Gandhi

41. There is no ‘way to peace’, there is only ‘peace’. – Mahatma Gandhi

42. I am a humble but very earnest seeker after truth. – Mahatma Gandhi

43. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

44. The best way to predict your future is to create it. – Mahatma Gandhi

45. Service without humility is selfishness and egotism. – Mahatma Gandhi

46. No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive. – Mahatma Gandhi

47. The only way to deal with fear is to face it head-on. – Mahatma Gandhi

48. Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress. – Mahatma Gandhi

49. An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind. – Mahatma Gandhi

50. Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. – Mahatma Gandhi

Deep Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi

51. Truth without humility would be an arrogant caricature. – Mahatma Gandhi

52. The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear. – Mahatma Gandhi

53. The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity. – Mahatma Gandhi

54. Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep. – Mahatma Gandhi

55. A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. – Mahatma Gandhi

56. If you want real peace in the world, start with children. – Mahatma Gandhi

57. To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest. – Mahatma Gandhi

58. An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. – Mahatma Gandhi

59. In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all. – Mahatma Gandhi

60. I first learned the concepts of nonviolence in my marriage. – Mahatma Gandhi

61. Unlike the animal, God has given man the faculty of reason. – Mahatma Gandhi

62. My faith is brightest in the midst of impenetrable darkness. – Mahatma Gandhi

63. Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into. – Mahatma Gandhi

64. An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. – Mahatma Gandhi

65. Doubt is invariably the result of want or weakness of faith. – Mahatma Gandhi

66. Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. – Mahatma Gandhi

67. To die in the act of killing is, in essence, to die defeated. – Mahatma Gandhi

68. The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is really fear. – Mahatma Gandhi

69. There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good. – Mahatma Gandhi

70. That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake. – Mahatma Gandhi

71. Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. – Mahatma Gandhi

72. In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. – Mahatma Gandhi

73. The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one’s opponent. – Mahatma Gandhi

74. A courageous man prefers death to the surrender of self-respect. – Mahatma Gandhi

75. What is imprisonment to the man who is fearless of death itself? – Mahatma Gandhi

Meaningful Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi

76. We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party. – Mahatma Gandhi

77. The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within. – Mahatma Gandhi

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78. I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. – Mahatma Gandhi

79. Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking. – Mahatma Gandhi

80. Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity. – Mahatma Gandhi

81. Nonviolence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another. – Mahatma Gandhi

82. Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. – Mahatma Gandhi

83. It’s my conviction that nothing enduring can be built on violence. – Mahatma Gandhi

84. A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. – Mahatma Gandhi

85. Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone. – Mahatma Gandhi

86. It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. – Mahatma Gandhi

87. You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them. – Mahatma Gandhi

88. It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone. – Mahatma Gandhi

89. A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes. – Mahatma Gandhi

90. They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them. – Mahatma Gandhi

91. If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide. – Mahatma Gandhi

92. Faith… must be enforced by reason… when faith becomes blind it dies. – Mahatma Gandhi

93. Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love. – Mahatma Gandhi

94. You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them. – Mahatma Gandhi

95. A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. – Mahatma Gandhi

96. Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good. – Mahatma Gandhi

97. A living faith in God means acceptance of the brotherhood of mankind. – Mahatma Gandhi

98. Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. – Mahatma Gandhi

99. Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having. – Mahatma Gandhi

100. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi

101. The weak can never initiate peace, bravery is a prerequisite for peace. – Mahatma Gandhi

102. A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. – Mahatma Gandhi

103. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good he has done to his fellowmen. – Mahatma Gandhi

104. It has often occurred to me that a seeker after Truth has to be silent. – Mahatma Gandhi

105. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. – Mahatma Gandhi

106. I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect. – Mahatma Gandhi

107. To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. – Mahatma Gandhi

108. Nonviolence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man. – Mahatma Gandhi

109. Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. – Mahatma Gandhi

110. Violence is a concession to human weakness, satyagraha is an obligation. – Mahatma Gandhi

111. It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity. – Mahatma Gandhi

112. Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi

113. Friendship that insists upon agreement on all things isn’t worth the name. – Mahatma Gandhi

114. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi

115. The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mahatma Gandhi

116. There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi

117. Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love. – Mahatma Gandhi

118. Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality. – Mahatma Gandhi

119. The greatness of a nation can be judged by how it treats its weakest member. – Mahatma Gandhi

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120. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Mahatma Gandhi

121. A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. – Mahatma Gandhi

122. Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi

123. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi

124. Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. – Mahatma Gandhi

125. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi

126. The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within. – Mahatma Gandhi

127. There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent. – Mahatma Gandhi

128. First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win. – Mahatma Gandhi

129. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Mahatma Gandhi

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

131. The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating. – Mahatma Gandhi

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

133. Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit. – Mahatma Gandhi

134. To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. – Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

137. You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it. – Mahatma Gandhi

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

139. The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. – Mahatma Gandhi

140. A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. – Mahatma Gandhi

141. 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. – Mahatma Gandhi

142. Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being. – Mahatma Gandhi

143. If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. – Mahatma Gandhi

144. 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. – Mahatma Gandhi

145. 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. – Mahatma Gandhi

146. Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. – Mahatma Gandhi

147. 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. – Mahatma Gandhi


Mahatma Gandhi is such a person that will be remembered till the humans exist on earth! He was an avatar of peace, that the world needs very much today. His messages are getting newer and newer as the world is developing.

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