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Happy Birthday, Gandhi! 17 Of His Quotes To Inspire & Empower You Today

Allie White
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Born in Porbandar, India, in 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi would have been 146 years old today. One of the most recognizable leaders of all time, Gandhi was (and continues to be) revered for his satyagraha — nonviolent civil disobedience — philosophy in leading India to independence and inspiring civil rights and freedom movements around the world.

In honor of this great man's birthday (a national holiday in India and the International Day of Nonviolence), we've compiled 17 of Gandhi's quotes to empower and inspire you to engage in lasting change today.


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

We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

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

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

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

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.

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

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.

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

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.

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

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

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

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.

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