The 20th Century will be remembered for 2 things – fantastic scientific discoveries; and perhaps more importantly, the freedom from colonialism. And the foremost pioneer in the fight against colonialism – a man who inspired the world to shake off it’s dependence on foreign Masters – was someone whom Winston Churchill unwittingly ridiculed as a ‘half-naked fakir’.
The name is Gandhi – perhaps the last universally respected statesman, revolutionary and leader. Everyone after Gandhi have been inspired by his ideas and methods. In attempting to free a nation of people from the rule of a seemingly invincible Empire – Gandhi forged a new kind of battle; one that he envisioned as being ‘bloodless’. Non-violent protests, Non-coperation and Civil Disobedience movements were so successful that eventually the ‘Sun had to set on the British Empire!’
In India, Gandhiji is lovingly known as ‘Bapu’ or Father, and is considered the Father of Modern India. HE was also bestowed the title of Mahatma, or Great Soul – arguably the only time in history that a Saint actively participated in the politics of the world!
Here are my 13 most-favourite Gandhi quotes:
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
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.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
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 ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.