H, 27 May 1939
YI, 16 March 1927
The spirit of democracy cannot be established
in that midst of terrorism whether governmental or popular. In some respects
popular terrorism is more antagonistic to the growth of the democratic
spirit than the governmental. For the latter strengthens the spirit of
democracy, where as the former kills it.
YI, 23 Feb. 1921
Democracy disciplined and enlightened is the
finest thing in the world. A democracy, prejudiced, ignorant, superstitious
will land itself in the chaos and may be self-destroyed.
YI, 30 July 1931
EF, p. 102
DD, p. 136
The highest form of freedom carries with it
the greatest measure of discipline and humility. Freedom that comes from
discipline and humility cannot be denied; unbridled license is a sign of
vulgarity, injurious alike
self and oneís neighbours.
YI, 3 June 1926
When people come into possession of political
powers, the interference with the freedom of the people is reduced to a
minimum. In other words, a nation that runs its affairs smoothly and
effectively without such state interference is truly democratic. Where such
a condition is absent, the form of Government is democratic in name.
H, 11 Jan. 1936
Democracy and violence can ill go together.
The States that are today nominally democratic have either to become frankly
totalitarian or, if they are to become truly democratic, they must become
courageously non-violent. It is a blasphemy to say that non-violence can
only be practiced by individuals and never by nations which are composed of
H, 12 Nov. 1938
H, 15 April 1939
YI, 4 Aug. 1920
Let us not push the mandate theory to
ridiculous extremes and become slave to resolutions of majorities. That
would be a revival of brute force in a more virulent form. If rights of
minorities are to be respected, the majority must tolerate and respect their
opinion and action. It will be the duty of the majority to see to it that
the minorities receive a proper hearing and are not otherwise exposed to
YI, 8 Dec. 1921
The rule of majority has a narrow application,
i.e., on should yield to the majority in matters of detail.
it is slavery to be amenable to the majority, no matter what its decisions
YI, 2 March 1922
Democracy is not a state in which people act
like sheep. Under democracy, individual liberty of opinion and action is
jealously guarded. I, therefore, believe that the minority has a perfect
right to act differently from the majority.
Keep a child in cotton wools and stunt it or
kill it. If you will let it develop into a robust man, you will expose his
body to all weathers teaching him how to defy them. Precisely in the same
manner, a government worth the name has to show the nation how to face
deficits, bad weathers and other handicaps of life through its own
collective effort instead of its being effortlessly helped to live anyhow.
DD, p. 242
Possession of power makes men blind and deaf,
they cannot see things which are under their very nose and cannot hear
things which invade their ears. There is thus no knowing what
power-intoxicated government may not do. So patriotic men ought to be
prepared for death, imprisonment and similar eventualities.
YI, 13 Oct. 1921
YI, 11 Sept. 1924
YI, 8 Jan. 1925
Whilst power, superimposed, always needs the
help of police and military, power generated from within should have little
or no us3e for them.
H, 4 Sept. 1937
Those who claim to lead the masses must
resolutely refuse to be led by them, if we want to avoid mob law and desire
ordered progress for the country. I believe that mere protestation of oneís
opinion and surrender to the mass opinion is not only not enough, but in the
matters of vital importance, leaders
act contrary to the mass opinion if it does not commend itself to their
YI, 14 July 1920
Love and Ahimsa are matchless in their effect.
But, in their play there is no fuss, show, noise or placards. They
presuppose self-confidence which in its turn presupposes self-purification.
Men of stainless character and self-purification will easily inspire
confidence and automatically purify the atmosphere around them.
YI, 6 Sept. 1928
The reformerís path is strewn not with roses,
but with thorns, and he has to walk warily. He can but limps, dare not jump.
YI, 28 Nov.1929
YI, 7 Feb. 1929
All is well with you even though everything
seems to go dead wrong. If you are a square with yourself. Reversely, all is
not well with you although everything outwardly may seem to go right, if you
are not square with yourself.
H, 20 May 1939
My patriotism is not an exclusive thing. It is
all-embracing and I should reject that patriotism which sought to mount upon
the distress of the exploitation of other nationalities. The conception of
my patriotism is nothing if it is not always, in every case, without
exception, consistent with the broadest good of humanity at large.
YI, 4 April 1929
I do not believe that an individual may gain
spiritually and those who surround him suffer. I believe in advita, I
believe in the essential unity of man and for that matter, of all that
lives. Therefore, I believe that if one man gains spiritually, the whole
world gains with him and if one man falls the whole world falls to that
YI, 4 Dec. 1924
Mankind is one, seeing that all are equally
subject to the moral law. All men are equal in Godís eyes. There are, of
course, differences of race and status and the like, but the higher the
status of man, the greater is his responsibility.
ER, p. 57
Just as the cult of patriotism teaches us
today that the individual has to die for the family, the family has to die
for the village the village for the district, the district for the province,
and the province for the country, and so a country has to be free in order
that it may die, if necessary, for the benefit of the world.
GIV, p. 170
YI, 25 Aug. 1920