Gandhi Quotes: Buddhism and Politics

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More than a political leader, Mahatma Gandhi appears to current generations as a spiritual guide, a philosopher of peace and tolerance. His theory, and especially his practice of civil disobedience and peaceful resistance still raises the enthusiasm of all the Peoples. Gandhi‘s role was of course crucial in the independence of India.

We found quotes that represent his thought :

Gandhi’s phrases on life:

– “Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved”

– “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”

– “How can we learn to know yourself? Through meditation, never, but by action”

– “True morality consists not in following the beaten path, but to find the true path for ourselves and fearlessly follow”

Gandhi, violence and nonviolence:

– “Non-violence is my first article of faith. It is also the last article of my creed”

– “Non-violence is complete absence of ill will toward complete all that lives. Non-violence in its active form, is good will to all living things. It is perfect love”

– “No man is too ill to be saved. No man is perfect enough to have the right to kill those it considers to be wrong as all bad”

– “That we must obey all laws, whether good or bad, is a recent invention”

– I am not a visionary. I pretend to be a practical idealist. The religion of non-violence is not restricted to saints and rishis. It is also intended for the average man ”

– I object to violence because when it appears to produce the good, the good that results is only temporary, while evil is permanent product ”

– Calling women “the weaker sex” is a libel: it is the injustice of man towards the woman. If nonviolence is the law of humanity, the future belongs to women ”

Gandhi and religion:

– Life without religion is a life without principle, and a life without principle is like a ship without a rudder ‘

Gandhi and passions:

– “Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable”

– “There is enough of everything in the world to cater human needs, but not enough to satisfy his greed”


Cite this article as: Tim, "Gandhi Quotes: Buddhism and Politics, May 6, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, May 6, 2012,

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