10 August, 2005

words of wisdom

Mohandas Karamchand "Mahatma" Gandhi (1869 - 1948) is one of the most important figures in 20th Century history, if not in all human history. No short spiel knocked-up by me here could possibly serve as an adequate introduction to this inspiring man and his achievements, so check out Wikipedia for detailed information. Here are just a few short samples of Gandhi's words:


"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave."

"Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary."

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
(describing the stages of establishment response to non-violent activism)

"My effort should never be to undermine another's faith but to make him a better follower of his own faith."

"Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress."

"I do not want my house to be walled in on sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any."

"We must respect other religions, even as we respect our own. Mere tolerance thereof is not enough. "

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

"You should be the change that you want to see in the world."

"Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time."


And just for interest's sake, here are some quotes by others, about Gandhi:

"Generations to come, it may be, will scarcely believe that such a one as this, ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth. " ~ Albert Einstein

"A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back -- but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you." ~ Marian Wright Edelman




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