Next

GANDHI QUOTES > EPIGRAMS FROM GANDHIJI
 

| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y |

KEY TO SOURCES /

Sources / Glossary


Narcotics

  • An opium-eater may argue the advantage of opium-eating from the fact that he began to understand the evil of the opium habit after having eaten it.

  •    X-27

  • No one who has wisdom will ever touch opium, liquor or any intoxicants.    MM-376

  • He who runs may see that opium and such other intoxicants and narcotics stupefy a man’s soul and reduce him to a level lower than that of beasts.     XXV-555


Nation– National – Nationalism

  • No nation being under another nation can accept gifts, and kick at the responsibility attaching to those gifts, imposed by the conquering nation.     T-2-13

  • That nation is great which rests its head upon death as its pillow.     X-51

  • No nation keeps another in subjection without herself turning into a subject nation.      T-2-139

  • Nations are not formed in a day, the formation requires years.     X-12

  • No country can become a nation by producing a race of imitators.     EWE-9

  • Freedom of a nation cannot be won by solitary acts of heroism though they may be of the true type, never by heroism so called.     T-2-333

  • Repression does for a true man or a nation what fire does for gold.    XXV-487

  • When two nations are fighting, the duty of a votary of Ahimsa is to stop the war.    TIG-40

  • A nation that is unfit to fight cannot from experience prove the virtue of not fighting.    XIV-463

  • I have recognized that the nation has the right, if it so wills, to vindicate her freedom even by actual violence.    XXV-336

  • Non-co-operation is the nation’s notice that it is no longer satisfied to be in tutelage.     T-2-46

  • Many persons claiming different faiths make us one and an indivisible nation.    T-8-65

  • India’s coming to her own will mean every nation doing likewise.     T-2-327

  • A society or a nation constructed nonviolently must be able to withstand attack upon its structure from without or within.     T-6-27

  • If every component part of the nation claims the right of self-determination for itself, there is no one nation and there is no independence.    T-5-272

  • The very essence of democracy is that every person represents all the varied interests which compose the nation.    T-5-75

  • We are too near the scene of tragedy to realize that this canker or untouchability has traveled far beyond its prescribed limits and has sapped the very foundation of the whole nation.    T-3-182

  • My national service is part of my training for freeing my soul from bondage of flesh.    MM-13

  • The spinning wheel means national consciousness and a contribution by every individual to a definite constructive national work.     XXVI-49

  • A national spirit is necessary for the national existence. A flag is a material aid to the development of such a spirit.     XXVI-544

  • I would make compulsory a proper singing, in company, of national songs.    T-2-8

  • Between the two, the nationalist and the imperialist, there is no meeting ground.     T-5-238

  • Nationalism, like virtue, was its own reward.     T-8-98

  • National education to be truly national must reflect the national condition for the time being.
    XXVI-275

  • I do regard spinning and weaving as the necessary part of any national system of education.
    XXVI-275

  • Indian nationalism is not exclusive, nor aggressive, nor destructive.T-2-64

  • My nationalism, fierce though it is, is not exclusive, is not devised to harm any nation or individual.
    T-3-72

  • My nationalism is as broad as my Swadeshi. I want India’s rise so that the whole world may benefit.        XXVI-279

  • My love of nationalism is that my country may become free, that if need be the whole of the country may die so that the human race may live.    T-2-200

  • Nonviolent nationalism is a necessary condition of corporate or civilized life.     XXVI-369

  • Violent nationalism, otherwise known as imperialism, is the curse.    XXV-369

  • Hatred is not essential for nationalism. Race hatred will kill the real national spirit.    T-2-200


Nature

  • Nature abhors weakness.    T-2-240

  • The Laws of Nature are changeless, unchangeable, and there are no miracles in the sense of infringement or interruption of Nature’s laws.    TIG-23

  • Behind the magnificent and kaleidoscopic variety, one discovers in nature a unity of purpose, design and form which is equally unmistakable.    T-2-215

  • I refuse to buy from anybody anything, however nice or beautiful, if it interferes with my growth or injures those whom Nature has made my first care.    XXVI-279

  • Nature has implanted in the human breast ability to cope with any difficulty or suffering that may come to man unprovoked.     X-53

  • We may utilise the gifts or nature just as we choose but in her books the debits are always equal to the credits.     MM-199


Nature Cure

  • In nature cure, everybody can be his or her own doctor, not so in the various systems of medicine.

  • TIG-1
  • Nature cure implies that the treatment should be the cheapest and the simplest possible.     MM-393

  • Nature cure does mean a change for the better in oneís outlook on life itself.    MM-394

  • The man who accepts nature cure never begs.     MM-394


Non-Co-Operation

  • Non-co-operation is the quickest method of creating public opinion.     MM-344

  • Non-co-operation means refusal both to help the sinner in his sin and to accept any help or gift from him till he has repented.     XX-34

  • Non-co-operation is protest against an unwitting and unwilling participation in evil.    MM-179

  • Non-co-operation is an attempt to awaken the masses to a sense of their dignity and power.
    MM-179

  • Non-co-operation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the positive views. T-2-11

  • Non-co-operation is a movement intended to invite Englishmen to co-operate with us on honourable terms or retire from our land.     T-2-40

  • Non-co-operation is the nation’s determination to improve.     T-2-27

  • Nonviolent non-co-operation with evil means co-operation with all that is good.    T-7-157

  • Non-co-operation means nothing less than training in self-sacrifice.    T-2-25

  • Non-co-operation with evil is as much a duty as co-operation with good.    T-2-45

  • Non-co-operation in itself is unnatural, vicious and sinful.    T-2-149

  • Non-co-operation is the nation’s notice that it is no longer satisfied to be in tutelage.     T-2-46

  • Non-co-operation intended to pave the way to real honourable and voluntary co-operation based on mutual respect and trust.     XX-162

  • Non-co-operation in the political field is an extension of the doctrine as it is practised in the domestic field.     XX-61

  • Non-co-operation enables us to show that it everything that matters we can be independent of the Government.     XX-131

  • Refusal of military service is more superficial than non-co-operation with the system which supports the state.     T-3-145

  • When freedom is in jeopardy, non-co-operation may be a duty and prison may be a palace.    XXV-393

  • It is the nonviolent non-co-operation which evokes the highest spirit of self-sacrifice that will wean one from the error of one’s ways.     XXV-392

  • The primary object of non-co-operation is nowhere stated to be paralysis of the Government. The primary object is self-purification.     XX-17

  • The Bhagavadgita is a gospel of non-co-operation between the forces of darkness and those of light.MM-179

  • The avowed policy of non-co-operation has been not to make political use of the disputes between labour and capital.     XX-17

  • Real non-co-operation is non-co-operation with evil and not with the evil-doer.    T-2-200

  • At times, non-co-operation becomes as much as duty as co-operation.    T-5-276

  • Total nonviolent non-co-operation becomes as much a duty so co-operation.    T-7-149

  • Our peaceful non-co-operation must needs be constructive, not destructive.    XXV-139

  • Our non-co-operation is with the system the English have established in India, with the material civilization and its attendant greed and exploitation of the weak.    T-2-64

  • The nation’s non-co-operation is an invitation to the Government to co-operate with it on its own terms, as is every nation’s right and every good government’s duty.     T-2-46

  • I isolate this non-co-operation from Sinn Feinism, for it is so conceived as to be incapable of being offered side by side with violence.    T-2-6

  • Non-co-operation is not a movement of drag, bluster or bluff.    T-2-34

  • Non-co-operation is not a hymn of hate.     T-2-200

  • Non-co-operation in an angry atmosphere is an impossibility.    T-2-12

  • My faith in non-co-operation is as bright as ever.     XXV-336

  • Behind my non-operation there is always the keenest desire to co-operate on the slightest pretext even with the worst opponents.     MM-183

  • I was a co-operator too in the sense that I non-co-operated for co-operation, and even then I said that if I could carry the country forward by co-operation I should co-operate.    T-4-155

  • In the very act of my non-co-operation, I am seeking their co-operation in my campaign.            T-3-196

  • My modesty has prevented me from declaring from the house top that the message of non-co-operation, nonviolence and swadeshi is a message to the world.    T-2-64

  • My non-co-operation is a token of my earnest longing for real heart co-operation in the place of co-operation falsely so called.     T-2-382

  • Reasoned and willing obedience to the laws of the State is the first lesson in non-co-operation.
    XXV-560

  • I retain the opinion that council entry is inconsistent with non-co-operation as I conceive it.    T-2-128

  • I invite even the school of violence to give this peaceful non-co-operation a trial.    T-2-6

  • Nonviolent non-co-operation, I am convinced, is a sacred duty at times.    T-2-149

  • Nonviolent non-co-operators can only succeed when they have succeeded in attaining control over the hooligans of India.     T-2-83

  • Non-co-operators will make a serious mistake if they seek to convert people to their creed by violence.XX-110

  • It is the duty of a non-co-operator to preach disaffection towards the existing order of things. Non-co-operators are but giving disciplined expression to a nationís outraged feelings.     XX-128

  • We must treat arrest as the normal condition of the life of a non-co-operator.    T-2-52

  • Though a non-co-operator, I shall gladly subscribe to a bill to make it criminal for anybody to call me mahatma and to touch my feet.     T-2-257

  • Nonviolent non-co-operation was the only alternative to anarchy and worse.    T-2-149

  • Nonviolence is the rock on which the whole structure of non-co-operation is built.    T-2-42

  • Nonviolence implies voluntary submission to the penalty for non-co-operation with evil.    T-2-100

  • That parrot’s non-co-operation with the cage, with its master, will live for ever because it looks upon renunciation, non-co-operation, as a joy.     XXV-445

  • For satyagraha and its offshoots, non-co-operation and civil resistance, are nothing but new names for the law of suffering.    T-2-5

  • Non-co-operation and civil disobedience are but different branches of the same tree called satyagraha. XXV-489


Nonviolence

  • Nonviolence is a universal law acting under all circumstances.     T-5-135

  • Nonviolence is impossible without humility.     T-5-12

  • Nonviolence is like the radium in its action.    T-4-290

  • Nonviolence succeeds only when we have a real living faith in God.    T-5-14

  • Nonviolence is a quality not of the body but of the soul.     T-4-294

  • Nonviolence or soul force too does not need physical aids for its propagation of effect.   T-4-290

  • Nonviolence is an active force of the highest order. It is soul force or the power of the godhead within us.     T-4-290

  • Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills.     MM-25

  • Nonviolence abhors fear and therefore, secrecy.     T-5-24

  • True nonviolence is mightier than the mightiest violence.    T-4-252

  • Nonviolence and cowardice go ill together. True nonviolence is an impossibility without the possession of unadulterated fearlessness.    T-5-136

  • Nonviolence is the summit of bravery.     T-2-131

  • Perfect nonviolence is difficult. It admits no weakness.     T-5-115

  • Nonviolence of the strong is infinitely braver than their violence.     T-7-2

  • Nonviolence requires great patience.     T-5-233

  • The common factor of all religions is nonviolence.     XXV-169

  • Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.    TIG-39

  • Science of nonviolence can alone lead one to pure democracy.    MM-131

  • There can be no nonviolence offered by the militarily strong.     MM-137

  • At the centre of nonviolence is a force which is self-acting.     T-4-49

  • Ours has not been unadulterated nonviolence in thought, word and deed.     T-3-298

  • Without real nonviolence, there would be perfect anarchy.     T-5-224

  • The charkha is an outward symbol of truth and nonviolence.     T-5-265

  • Nonviolence is not a weapon of the weak. It is a weapon of the strongest and the bravest.     T-4-253

  • Nonviolence in the sense of mere non-killing does not appear to me, therefore, to be any improvement on the technique of violence.     T-7-67

  • God has blessed me with the mission to place nonviolence before the nation for adoption.    T-5-210

  • Nonviolence is not a cloistered virtue, confined only to the rishi and the cave-dweller.    T-5-249

  • Nonviolence becomes meaningless if violence is permitted for self-defence.    T-5-249

  • Nonviolence is infinitely superior to violence is permitted for self-defence.    T-5-249

  • Nonviolence is an attribute of the Almighty whose ways of fulfilling himself are inscrutable.    T-6-12

  • In a plan of life based on nonviolence, woman has as much right to shape her own destiny as man has to shape his.     T-6-24

  • In a society based on nonviolence, the smallest nation will feel as tall as the tallest.     MM-132

  • Jesus was the most active resister known perhaps to history. His was nonviolence par excellence.     MGCG-301

  • The science of war leads one to dictatorship pure and simple; science of nonviolence can alone lead one to pure democracy.     T-4-280

  • Unexampled bravery, born of nonviolence, coupled with strict honesty shown by a fair number of Muslims, was sure to infect the whole of India.     T-8-176

  • You can return blow for blow if you are not brave enough to follow the path of nonviolence.    MM-20

  • Nonviolence to be a creed has to be all-pervasive.     T-4-41

  • Nonviolence requires more than the courage of the soldier of war.     XXV-437

  • Nonviolence is the virtue of the manly. The coward is innocent of it.     XXV-138

  • Nonviolence is the means, the end for everyone is complete independence.    MM-132

  • Civil disobedience is the only nonviolent escape from [the] soul-destroying heat [of violence].     T-3-12

  • Mankind has to get out of violence only through nonviolence.    T-7-144

  • A person who believes in nonviolence believes in a living God. He cannot accept defeat.   T-5-16

  • Truth (satya) is positive, nonviolence is negative.    MOG-14

  • Truth stands for the fact, nonviolence negatives the fact.    MOG-14

  • It is much more difficult to live for nonviolence than to die for it.     T-5-4

  • The very word Islam means peace, which is nonviolence.    T-5-172

  • The force of nonviolence is infinitely more wonderful and subtle than the material forces of nature, like electricity.     T-3-11

  • Truth is self-evident, nonviolence is its maturest fruit. It is contained in Truth, but isnít self-evident. MOG-14

  • The propagation of truth and nonviolence can be done less by books than by actually living on those principles.     T-5-93

  • Nonviolence, in its dynamic condition means conscious suffering.     T-2-5

  • Nonviolence which is a quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.    T-5-273

  • Nonviolence is polities is a new weapon in the process of evolution; its vast possibilities are yet unexplored.     T-4-205

  • Nonviolence is a plant of slow growth, it grows imperceptibly but surely.    T-5-170

  • Nonviolence of the strong cannot be a mere policy. It must be a creed, or a passion, if ‘creed’ is objected to.     T-5-289

  • Nonviolence to be worth anything has to work in the face of hostile forces.     T-4-143

  • Nonviolence is an attribute of the soul, and, therefore, to be practised by everybody in all the affairs of life.     T-5-246

  • Nonviolence should never be used as a shield for cowardice. It is a weapon of the brave.    T-7-30

  • Nonviolence is an intensely active force when properly understood and used.    T-4-141

  • Nonviolence, when it becomes active, travels with extraordinary velocity, and then it becomes a miracle. T-4-142

  • Nonviolence is the law of our species as violence is the law of the brute.    MM-112

  • Nonviolence is the law of the human race and is infinitely greater than and superior to brute force.     MM-113

  • Nonviolence is a universal principle and its operation is not limited by a hostile environment.     T-4-289

  • Nonviolence is an unchangeable creed. It has to be pursued even in face of violence raging around you. T-4-236

  • The bravery of the nonviolent is vastly superior to that of the violent.     MM-126

  • The real test of nonviolence lies in its being brought in contact with those who have contempt for it.     T-5-256

  • There is nothing but nonviolence to fall back upon for retaining our freedom, even as we had to do for gaining it.    T-7-95

  • You cannot build nonviolence on a factory civilization, but it can be built on self-contained villages.     M-369

  • If one does not practise nonviolence in one’s own personal relations with others and hopes to use it in bigger affairs, one is vastly mistaken.    T-5-11

  • The patriotic spirit demands loyal and strict adherence to nonviolence and truth.     T-2-92

  • If it is by force that we wish to achieve Swaraj, let us drop nonviolence and offer such violence as we may.    T-2-92

  • Love is a rare herb that makes a friend even of a sworn enemy and this herb glows out of nonviolence. XIV-299

  • Self-suppression is often necessary in the interest of truth and nonviolence.     T-4-41

  • If God holds me to be a pure instrument for the spread of nonviolence in place of the awful violence now ruling the earth, He will give me the strength and show me the way.    T-5-213

  • Just as there are signs by which you can recognize violence with the naked eye, so is the spinning wheel to me a decisive sign of nonviolence.     T-5-277

  • What can be richer and more fruitful than a greater fulfillment of the vow of nonviolence in thought, word and deed or the spread of that spirit?     T-2-86

  • Unless discipline is rooted in nonviolence, it might prove a source of infinite mischief.    T-4-25

  • The votaries of nonviolence cannot harbour violence even in thought, let alone the question of doing it.T-7-404

  • There is no such thing as compulsion in the scheme of nonviolence.     T-4-267

  • The first step in nonviolence is that we cultivate in our daily life, as between ourselves, truthfulness, humility, tolerance and loving kindness.    T-4-236

  • The power of unarmed nonviolence is any day far superior to that of armed force.   T-4-252

  • Nonviolence implies voluntary submission to the penalty for non-co-operation with evil.    T-2-100

  • The first condition of nonviolence is justice all round in every department of life.    T-5-278

  • The force generated by nonviolence is infinitely greater than force of all the arms invented by man’s ingenuity.     T-5-281

  • Civilization based on nonviolence must be different from that organized for violence.    T-5-209

  • The rishis, who discovered the law of nonviolence in the midst of violence, were greater geniuses than Newton.    T-2-5

  • A country whose culture is based on nonviolence will find it necessary to have every home as much self-contained as possible.     T-5-214

  • Creation of effective public opinion depended on the cultivation of true courage, born of truthfulness and nonviolence.      T-8-11

  • The man or the woman who can display this nonviolence of the brave can easily stand against as external invasion.     T-5-298

  • Disobedience to be civil has to be open and nonviolent.    T-2-52

  • If the people knew the working of the law of truth and nonviolence, then they would themselves regulate the matter of shortage.     T-8-40

  • I hold that without truth and nonviolence there can be nothing but destruction of humanity.    T-7-14

  • Complete independence will be complete only to the extent of our approach in practice to truth and nonviolence.     T-6-17

  • Our struggle consists in showing that our nonviolence is neither a cloak to hide our violence or hatred, nor a preparation for violence in the near or distant future.     T-6-4

  • The way out of the riots, on the one had, the British bayonets on the other is frank acceptance of nonviolence.     T-5-238

  • The meticulous care for the rights of the least among us is the sin qua non of nonviolence.     T-5-209

  • Nonviolence is an unchangeable creed.     MM-114

  • If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman.    T-3-33

  • Nonviolence is not an easy thing to understand, still less to practise, weak as we are.    MM-153

  • Appreciation of nonviolence means patient research and still more patient and difficult practise.
    T-6-29

  • Nonviolence does not signify that man must not fight against the enemy, and by enemy is meant the evil which men do, not the human beings themselves.     T-8-281

  • Nonviolence is not merely a personal virtue. It is also a social virtue to be cultivated like the other virtues.     T-5-18

  • The weapon of nonviolence does not need supermen or superwomen to wield it; even beings of common clay can use it and have used it before this with success.    T-4-278

  • A person who has truly realized the principle of nonviolence has the God-given strength for his weapon, and the world has not yet known anything that can match it.     T-4-297

  • We become Godlike to the extent we realize nonviolence, but we can never become wholly God.
    MM-115

  • History has no record of a nation having adopted nonviolent resistance.    MM-149

  • Truth and nonviolence are both the means and the end, and given the right type of men, the legislatures can be the means of achieving the concrete pursuit of truth and nonviolence.     T-4-161

  • Nonviolence in its dynamic condition means conscious suffering.     MM-27

  • A little of true nonviolence acts in a silent, subtle, unseen way and leavens the whole society.
    MM-122

  • There is no hope for the aching world except through the narrow and straight path of nonviolence.         T-130

  • Our nonviolence is respect of the Government is a result of our incapacity for effective violence.
    T-5-187

  • Even a believer in nonviolence has to say between two combatants which is less bad or whose cause is just.    XXV-391

  • When you want to find Truth as God, the only inevitable means is love, that is, nonviolence.    T-3-144

  • Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with ahimsa, reject as non-Hindu.    XXVI-374

  • Truth and nonviolence are perhaps the activist forces you have in the world.    T-3-145

  • Truth and nonviolence are no cloistered virtues but are applicable as much in the forum and the legislatures as in the market-place.     T-4-161

  • We may not go about parroting truth and nonviolence and steering clear of them in our daily life.
    T-5-180

  • The practice of truth and nonviolence melted the religious differences, and we learnt to see beauty in each religion.     T-5-225

  • Active nonviolence is necessary for those who will offer civil disobedience but the will and proper training are enough for the people to co-operate with those who are chosen for civil disobedience.
    T-5-281

  • If fighting for the legislatures meant a sacrifice of truth and nonviolence, democracy would not be worth a moment's purchase.     T-4-156

  • To one who reads the spirit of the Gita, it teaches the secret of nonviolence, the secret of realizing self though the physical body.     MOG-16

  • If what passed as nonviolence did not enable people to protect the honour of women, or if it did not enable the women to protect their own honour, it was not nonviolence.    T-7-30

  • It is the acid test of nonviolence that in a nonviolent conflict there is no rancor left behind, and in the end the enemies are converted into friends.    T-4-291

  • When nonviolence is accepted as the law of life, it must pervade the whole being and not be applied to isolated acts.     MM-113

  • An awakened people who rely upon their nonviolent strength are independent in the face of any conceivable combination of the armed powers.    T-5-19

  • Just as one must learn the art of killing in the training for violence, so one must learn the art of dying in the training for nonviolence.     MM-126

  • A rabbit that runs away from the bull-terrier is not particularly non-violent.     T-2-131

  • Carrying arms for the removal of Arms Act can never fall under any scheme of nonviolence.     T-2-279

  • Tolstoy was the greatest apostle of nonviolence that the present age has produced.     T-2-31

  • The panoplied warrior of truth and nonviolence is ever and incessantly active.    T-3-145

  • Indeed the very word, nonviolence, a negative word, means that it is an effort to abandon the violence that is inevitable in life.    MM-265

  • All society is held together by nonviolence even as the earth is held in her position by gravitation.        MM-130

  • We dare not enter the kingdom of liberty with mere life-homage to truth and nonviolence.     T-2-85

  • Nonviolence does not require any outside or outward training.    MM-126

  • To practise nonviolence in mundane matters is to know its true value.     MM-129

  • Nonviolence cannot be learnt by staying at home.     MM-126

  • That nonviolence which only an individual can use is not of much use in terms of society.     MM-127

  • Nonviolence being the mightiest force in the world and also the most elusive in its working, it demands the greatest exercise of faith.     T-5-17

  • Our nonviolence vis-a-vis the British Government has been the nonviolence of the weak.     MM-349

  • When a man vowed to nonviolence as the law governing human beings dares to refer to war, he can only do it so as to strain every nerve to avoid it.     T-8-140

  • Unless you go on discovering new applications of the law of nonviolence, you do not profit by it.
    T-5-80

  • Unless we learn this lesson of nonviolence fully, we shall never do away with the deadly feuds which have been the curse of the Frontier* people.    T-5-302
    *The North-West Frontier of pre-partition India

  • Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.    MM-23

  • My nonviolence is made of stern stuff. It is firmer than the firmest metal known to the scientists.
    T-5-169

  • nonviolence, which to me is the chief glory of Hinduism, has been sought to be explained away by our people as being meant for the sanyasis only.     T-7-272

  • My nonviolence demands universal love, and you ** are not a small part of it.     T-5-295

  • **Addressed to every Briton

  • My nonviolence bids me dedicate myself to the service of minorities.    T-7-385

  • My nonviolence is not merely kindness to all the living creatures.    T-7-128

  • My nonviolence does recognize different species of violence, defensive and offensive.     MM-148

  • My religion is based on truth and nonviolence. Truth is my God. nonviolence is the means of realising Him. XXV-558

  • My love for nonviolence is superior to every other thing, mundane or super mundane.    MM-118

  • My creed of nonviolence does not favour the punishment of thieves and dacoits and even murderers.    T-3-62

  • My faith in truth and nonviolence is ever growing, and as I am ever trying to follow them in my life, I too am growing every moment.     T-4-154

  • My life is dedicated to the service of India through the religion of nonviolence which I believe to be the root of Hinduism.     T-2-6

  • My mission is to convert every Indian, even Englishmen, and finally the world to nonviolence for regulating mutual relations, whether political, economic, social or religious.     T-5-221

  • My dharma teaches me for the sake of others to give my life without even attempting to kill.
    XXV-437

  • To my mind, Swaraj based on nonviolence is the fulfillment of the constructive programme.    T-6-16

  • To me Truth is God and there is no way to find Truth except the way of nonviolence.   T-2-235

  • For me the only certain means of knowing God is nonviolence, ahimsa love.    T-2-126

  • Truth is my God. I can only search Him through nonviolence and in on other way.     T-3-298

  • Since propagation of nonviolence is the mission of my life, I must pursue it in all weathers.    T-5-287

  • The spinning wheel is the symbol of nonviolence for me.     T-5-290

  • Religion of nonviolence is not meant merely for the rishis and saints.     T-2-5

  • My nonviolence does not admit of running away from danger and leaving the dear ones unprotected.     T-2-131

  • My creed of nonviolence is an extremely active force.     MM-143

  • For me nonviolence is a creed. I must act up to it, whether I am alone or have companions.    T-5-287

  • If my nonviolence is to be contagious and infectious, I must acquire greater control over my thoughts.MM-277

  • My implicit faith in nonviolence does mean yielding to minorities when they are really weak.    MM-343

  • It is my unshakable belief that India’s destiny is to deliver the message of nonviolence to mankind.         T-4-41

  • Every moment of my existence is dedicated to the winning of Swaraj by means of truth and nonviolence.T-3-79

  • All my experiments in ahimsa have taught me that nonviolence in practice means common labour with the body.     T-5-225

  • To my mind, the most perfect demonstration of nonviolence was in Champaran.*     T-5-191
    * A district of Bihar.

  • The only virtue I want to claim is truth and nonviolence.     T-2-84

  • I have no weapon but nonviolence.     XXV-423

  • I shall, of course, die with nonviolence on my lips.     T-5-265

  • I believe in the capacity of India to offer nonviolent battle to the English rulers.     XXV-489

  • I am a seasoned soldier of nonviolence, and I have evidence enough to sustain my faith.    T-5-222

  • I will not have the power of nonviolence to be underestimated in order to cover my limitations or weaknesses.     T-5-169

  • I can no more preach nonviolence to a cowardly man than I can tempt a blind man to enjoy healthy scenes.     T-2-131

  • I have been practising with scientific precision nonviolence and its possibilities for an unbroken period of over fifty years.     T-5-295

  • I have recognised that the nation has the right, if it so wills, to vindicate her freedom even by actual violence.     MM-148

  • The nonviolence I teach is active nonviolence of the strongest. But the weakest can partake in it without becoming weaker.     XXVI-140

  • There is nothing on earth that I would not give up for the sake of the country, excepting, of course, two things and two only, namely, truth and nonviolence.     T-2-235

  • If intellect plays a large part in the field of violence, I hold that it plays a larger part in the field of nonviolence.     T-5-291

  • There is nothing on earth that I would not give up for the sake of the country, excepting, of course, two things and two only, namely, truth and nonviolence.     T-2-235

  • The nonviolent man automatically becomes a servant of God.     T-4-257

  • The nation cannot be kept on the nonviolent path by violence.     MM-153

  • The power of nonviolent resistance can only come from honest working of the constructive programme.T-5-226

  • Nonviolent defence presupposes recklessness about one’s life and property.    T-5-282

  • A nonviolent fight is sharp as the edge of a sword, sharpened on the whetstone of heart.    T-5-111

  • Nonviolent action means mobilization of the world opinion in our favour.    T-5-267

  • Nonviolent action without the co-operation of the heart and the head cannot produce the intended result.     T-5-132

  • Nonviolent attainment of self-government presupposes a non-violent control over the violent elements in the country.     T-2-83

  • Nonviolent acts exert pressure far more effective than violent acts, for that pressure comes from goodwill and gentleness.     XXV-473

  • Nonviolent nationalism is a necessary condition of corporate or civilized life.    XXV-369

  • A nonviolent person’s life is always at the disposal of him who would take it.    XXV-437

  • A nonviolent struggle necessarily involves construction on a small scale. It cannot therefore lead to tamas or darkness or inertia.    XXVI-140

  • Nonviolence is the rock on which the whole structure of non-co-operation is built.    T-2-42

  • A nonviolent occupation is thus that occupation which is fundamentally free from violence and which involves no exploitation or envy of others.     MM-265

  • A society or a nation constructed non-violently must be able to withstand attack upon its structure from without or within.     T-6-27

  • A nonviolent system of government is clearly an impossibility so long as the wide gulf between the rich and the hungry millions persists.     MM-257

  • The end of nonviolent ‘war’ is always an agreement, never dictation, much less humiliation of the opponent.      T-5-257

  • For a nonviolent person, the whole world is one family. He will thus fear none, nor will others fear him.     T-5-304

  • No man could be actively nonviolent and not rise against social injustice, no matter where it occurred.    T-5-276

  • Nonviolent life was an act of self-examination and self-purification, whether by the individual, group or a nation.     T-7-321

  • In a nonviolent army, the general and the officers are elected, or are as if elected, when their authority is moral and rests solely on the willing obedience of the rank and file.     T-4-298

  • A nonviolent army, the general and the officers are elected, or are as if elected, when their authority is moral and rests solely on the willing obedience of the rank and file.    T-4-298

  • A nonviolent revolution is not a programme of "seizure of power" but it is a programme of transformation of relationships, ending in a peaceful transfer of power.     T-7-29

  • If all were nonviolent, there could be no anarchy and there would be no question of anybody arming for meeting aggression from without.     T-5-287

  • If we are nonviolent through and through, our nonviolence would have been self-evident.   T-3-298

  • Those who are truthful, nonviolent and brave don not cease to be so because of the stupidity of their leader.     T-5-304

  • Centralization as a system is inconsistent with non-violent structure of society.    MM-137

  • With their own exploitation, boycott of foreign cloth through picketing may easily be violent; through the use of khadi it is most natural and absolutely nonviolent.     T-4-10

  • Himsa does not need to be taught, Man as animal is violent, but as spirit is nonviolent.     T-5-316

  • The Congress fights not with violent but with nonviolent means, however imperfect, however crude the nonviolence may be.     T-5-167

  • A truly nonviolent man would never live to tell the tale of atrocities. He would have laid down his life on the spot in non-violent resistance.    T-7-30

  • Those who have their hands dyed deep in blood cannot build a nonviolent order for the world.    T-7-5

  • A nonviolent action accompanied by nonviolence in thought and word should never produce enduring violent reaction upon the opponent.    T-5-130

  • A nonviolent warrior knows no leaving the battle. He rushes into the mouth of himsa, never even once harbouring a evil thought.    T-5-116

  • It is the nonviolent non-co-operation which evokes the highest spirit of self-sacrifice that will mean one from the error of one’s ways.     T-7-157

  • Nonviolent non-co-operation, I am convinced, is sacred duty at times.    T-2-149

  • Nonviolent non-co-operation was the only alternative to anarchy and worse.    T-2-149

  • Nonviolent, non-co-operators can only succeed when they have succeeded in attaining control over the hooligans of India.     T-2-83

  • Total nonviolent non-cooperation has no place in popular Raj, whatever its level may be.    T-7-149

  • The movement of nonviolent non-co-operation has nothing in common with the historical struggles for freedom in the West.     MM-182

  • For a nonviolent struggle, there is no such age limit. The blind, the maimed and the bed-ridden may serve, and not only men but women also.     T-4-141

  • Unless nonviolence of the strong is really developed among us, there should be no thought of civil disobedience for Swaraj, whether within the states or in British India.     T-5-71