Gandhi

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  • Nature has enough for Man’s Need but not for Man’s Greed
This quote can be written in following contexts:
  • Environment related context
  • Essay related to education (our education should teach these values)
  • Philosophical essays related to human nature
 
  • Gandhi Ji famously said, “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.
This quote can be written in following contexts:
  • Essays on Ethics and Human Values
  • Essays on education (our education should teach these values)
  • Essay on topics like corruption, immorality and other vices of human beings
 
  • Noble Goals can be achieved only through Noble Means
This quote can be written in following contexts:
  • Essays on diplomacy and international relations
  • Essays on human values like honesty, integrity etc. and while writing about various moral dilemmas
 
  • “Machinery has its place; it has come to stay. But it must not be allowed to displace necessary human labour”
This quote can be used in following contexts:
  • While writing on mechanisation, capitalism etc.
  • While writing on topics like “Science : Boon or Bane”
  • While comparing “Modern Age/Humans” within historical contexts.
 
  • His Ideas:
      • Trusteeship
      • Sharing
      • Collaboration rather than conflict between classes
 
  • Country can never be developed without the contribution of other half. (Women)
  • Journalist Horace Alexander narrated an incident that occurred in that surcharged season (During partition). One day when Gandhi was praying in a village, a Muslim caught him by the throat.
    Gandhi almost collapsed. But even as he fell down, he recited some lines from the Quran. On hearing them, the Muslim said, “I am sorry. I am prepared to protect you. Give me any work. Tell me what should I do?” Gandhi replied, “Do only one thing. When you go back home, do not tell anyone what you tried to do to me. Otherwise there will be Hindu-Muslim riots. Forget me and forgive yourself.”
Can be used as an example of how leaders should be.
 
  • Women is not helpless. She must never regard herself as weaker than man.
 
  • Educate one man, you educate one person, but educate a woman and you educate a whole civilisation.
 
  • Women alone can emancipate themselves, not men.
 
[RESPONSIBILITY]
  • The breach of one rule inevitably leads to the breach of other rules.
 
[VIOLENCE]
  • Violence is the weapon of the weak; non-violence, that of the strong.
 
[EQUALITY]
  • The only difference between man and man all the world over is one of degree, and not of kind.
 
[MIND]
  • A man will see and hear only that which he wishes to see and hear.
 
  • Everyone grows old with the passage of time, desire alone remains ever youthful.
 
[FOOD]
  • To a starving person, God will appear in the form of bread alone.
 
[DUTY]
  • Who can make a servant of him who has himself become the servant of all ?
 
  • He who knows no rules and follows none just cannot be a servant of the people.
 
  • The greatness of a person lies in his heart, not in his head, that is, intellect.
 
  • He who thinks only of the suffering humanity, will not think of himself.
 
  • An ideal is one thing; living up to it is quite another.
 
  • Blind is not he who has lost his eyes, but he who hides his shortcomings.
 
  • To conceal ignorance is to increase it.
 
[Fear and Bravery]
  • Only the brave can be forgiving.
 
  • More people die of fear of death than by actual death.
 
  • More people die of the fear of disease than of disease himself.
 
  • Better to die once than to die daily.
 
[Village]
  • Just as the universe is contained in the self, so is India contained in the villages.
 
[LIFE]
  • He who is afraid of people’s censure will never be able to do anything worthwhile.
 
[SOCIETY]
  • It is easier to cross the ocean between countries than to span the gulf between individuals or peoples.
 
[Education]
  • Education that does not mould the character is absolutely worthless.
 
[Ethics]
  • Gandhiji enumerated Seven Social Sins, which are –
    1. Politics without Principles.
    2. Wealth without Work.
    3. Pleasure without Conscience.
    4. Knowledge without Character.
    5. Commerce without Morality.
    6. Science without Humanity.
    7. Worship without Sacrifice.
 
[GENERAL]
  • To serve is my religion.
 
  • If you take care of today, God will take care of tomorrow.
 
  • A man is but the product of his thoughts.
 
  • Scriptures cannot transcend reason and truth.
 
  • Opposition makes the man.
 
  • Life is an endless series of experiments.
 
  • Life spent in service is the only fruitful life.
 
  • He who want to please all, will please none.
 
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
 
  • It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
 
[Violence]
  • An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
 
  • Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary
 
  • Hate the sin, love the sinner.
 
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong
 
  • 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 want to see in the world.
 
  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
 
  • Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
 
  • The future depends on what we do in the present.
 
  • India of my Dreams: I shall work for an India in which the poorest shall feel that it is their country, in whose making they have an effective voice, an India in which there shall be no high class and low class of people, an India in which all communities shall live in perfect harmony. There shall be no room in such an India for the curse of untouchability. Women will enjoy same rights as men. We shall be at peace with the rest of the world.
This is India of my dreams.
 
  • You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
 
[Nature]
  • The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.
 
  • Nature has enough for Man’s Need but not for Man’s Greed.
 
[Justice]
  • Access to justice for the poorest of the poor would ensure ‘Justice for all’. It is worth recollecting here what Mahatma Gandhi had once said and I quote: “My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest shall have the same opportunities as the strongest
 
  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will
 
 
  • A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. – Mahatma Gandhi
 
 

 

 

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