On October 2 1869, a remarkable man was born in India who had a dream to change humanity for the better. He led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world – right up until his assassination in 1948. This man was of course the great Mahatma Gandhi.
To celebrate his birthday and draw on his teachings, we wanted to look at some of his most inspirational quotes that still have as much significance today as they did back when they were first spoken.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“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
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Men often become what they believe themselves 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.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall – think of it, ALWAYS.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Out of all Gandhi’s teachings and words of wisdom, which resonate with you the best?