Abstinence is forgiveness only when
there is power to punish; it is meaningless when it pretends to proceed
from a helpless creature.
The best way of losing a cause is to
abuse your opponent and to trade upon his weakness.
Action for ones own self binds,
action for the sake of others delivers from bondage.
You assist an administration most
effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil administration
never deserves such allegiance.
I believe in advaita, I believe in the
essential unity of man and for that matter of all that
The aggressor always had a purpose
behind his attack; he wanted something to be done, some object to be
surrendered by the defender.
Agricultural colleges to be worthy of the name must be
Ahimsa is the highest ideal. It
is meant for the brave, never for the cowardly.
Ahimsa means infinite love, which again means infinite
capacity for suffering.
The principle of ahimsa is hurt by
every evil thought, by undue haste, by lying, by hatred, by wishing ill
Ahimsa can be practiced only towards
those that inferior to you in every way.
The path of Truth is as narrow as it is straight. Even so
is that of ahimsa.
Use truth as your anvil, non-violence
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
The removal of untouchability is one of the highest
expressions of ahimsa.
Cow-protection can only be secured by cultivating
universal friendliness, i.e. ahimsa.
Ahimsa is nothing if not a well-balanced exquisite
consideration of ones neighbour, and an idle man is wanting in that
Ahimsa is a science. The word
failure has no place in the vocabulary of science.
Ahimsa magnifies ones own defects,
and minimizes those of the opponent. It regards the mole in ones own
eye as a beam and the beam in the opponents eye as a
Ahimsa must be placed before
everything else while it is professed. The alone it becomes
Ahimsa must express itself through the acts of selfless
service of the masses.
Ahimsa is no mere theory with me, but
it is a fact of life based on extensive experience.
Ahimsa should not fear the secret of open hand of
When the Gita was written, although people believed in
ahimsa, wars were not only taboo, but nobody observed the contradiction
between them and ahimsa.
What is it but my ahimsa that draws thousands of women to
me in fearless confidence?
Truth is my religion and ahimsa is the only way of its
Truth and ahimsa demand that no human
being may debar himself from serving any other human being, no matter
how sinful he may be.
One who hooks his fortune to ahimsa,
the law of love, daily lessens the circle of destruction and to that
extent promotes life and love.
My anekantavada is the result of the twin doctrine of
satya and ahimsa.
When two nations are fighting, the duty of a votary of
ahimsa is to stop the war.
My ahimsa would not tolerate the idea
of giving a free meal to a healthy person who has not worked for it in
some honest way.
Ahimsa and Truth are as my two lungs. I cannot live
My errors have been errors of
calculation and judging men, not in appreciating the true nature of
truth and ahimsa or in their application.
Indeed, these errors and my prompt
confessions have made me surer, if possible of my insight into the
implications of truth and ahimsa.
For me the only certain means of owing
God that non-violence in practice means common labour with the
All my experiments in Ahimsa have is
taught me that non-violence in practice means common labor with the
Whatever strength the masses have is
due entirely to ahimsa, however imperfect of defective its practice
might have been.
True ahimsa should wear a smile even on deathbed brought
about by an assailant. It is only with that ahimsa that we can befriend
out opponents and win their love.
If out ahimsa is not of the brave but
of the weak, and if will bend the knee before ahimsa, Gandhism deserves
to be destroyed.
The alphabet of ahimsa is best learnt in domestic school
and I can say from experience that if w secure success there, we are
sure to do so everywhere else.
A votary of ahimsa always prays for ultimate deliverance
from the bondage of flesh.
A steadfast pursuit of ahimsa is inevitably bound to
truth-not so violence.
I see clear breach of ahimsa even in
driving away the monkeys; the breach would be proportionately greater if
they have to be killed.
A votary of ahimsa cannot subscribe to
the utilitarian formula (of the greatest good of the greatest number).
He will strive for the greatest good of all and die in the attempt to
realize the ideal.
Woman is the incarnation of ahimsa.
(Ahimsa means infinite love. Which again means infinite capacity for
Woman is more fitted than man to make explorations and
take bolder action in ahimsa.
In Swaraj, based on ahimsa, people
need not know their rights, but it is necessary for them to know their
No power on earth can subjugate you
when you are armed with the sword of ahimsa. It ennobles both the victor
and the vanquished.
The votary of ahimsa has only one fear, that is, of
A votary of ahimsa must cultivate a
habit of unremitting toil, sleepless vigilance, ceaseless
It was against the spirit of ahimsa to overawe even one
person into submission.
The richest grace of ahimsa will descend easily upon the
owner of hard discipline.
Love, otherwise ahimsa, sustains this planet of ours.
In an atmosphere of ahimsa, one has no
scope to put his ahimsa to the test. It can be tested only in the face
A soldier fights with an irresistible
strength when he has blown up his bridges and burnt his boats. Even so,
it is with a soldier of ahimsa.
Man lives freely by his readiness to
die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing
The strength to kill is not essential
for self-defence; one ought to have the strength to die.
If the lambs of the world had been
willingly led, they would have long ago saved themselves from the
If the circulation of blood theory
could not have been discovered without vivisection, the human kind could
well have done without it.
The scriptures of Christians,
Mussalmans and Hindus are all replete with the teaching of
By ahimsa we will be able to save the cow and also to win
the friendship of the English.
America is today able to hold the
world in fee by selling all kinds of trinkets, or by selling her
unrivalled skill, which she has a right to do.
It reflects the greatest credit on the
determined minority in America that by sheer force of its moral weight
it was able to carry through the prohibition measure, however
My anekantavad is the result of the twin doctrine of satya
True ahimsa should mean a complete
freedom from ill-will and anger and hate and an overflowing love for
The hardest heart and the grossest
ignorance must disappear before the rising sun of suffering without
anger and without malice.
Rectify one angle of a square and the other angles will be
A friendly approach was not one of
appeasement. An appeasement was possible between
In no case can there be any
appeasement at the cost of honour. Real appeasement is to shed all fear
and do what is right at any cost.
For India to enter into the race for armaments is to court
The power of unarmed nonviolence is any day far superior
to that of armed force.
No general ever won a victory by
following the principle of being vigilant so long as he
Art to be art must
All true art must help the soul to realize its inner
Purity of life is the highest and truest art.
True art must be evidence of happiness, contentment and
purity of its authors.
True art takes note not merely of form but also of what
The art that is in the machine-made
article appeals only to the eye, the art in khadi appeals first to the
heart and then to the eye.
The art of producing good music from a cultivated voice
can be achieved by many, but the art of producing that music from the
harmony of a pure life is achieved very rarely.
By all means drink deep of the
fountains that are given to you in the Sermon on the Mount, but then you
will have to take sackcloth and ashes.
I know nothing of the science of astrology and I consider
it to be a science, if it is a science, of doubtful value, to be
severely left alone by those who have any faith in
God is conscience. He is even the atheism of the
The atom bomb brought an empty victory
to the Allied arms but it resulted for the time being in destroying the
soul of Japan.
So far as I can see, the atomic bomb
has deadened finest feeling that has sustained mankind for
Monocracy is autocracy multiplied a