A faith gained in strength only when
people were willing to lay down their lives for it.
Faith is like the Himalaya mountains
which cannot possibly change.
Faith is not a delicate flower which
would wither away under the slightest stormy weather.
Robust faith in one self and brave
trust of the opponent, so called or real, is the best
Exercise of faith will be the safest
where there is a clear determination summarily to reject all that is
contrary to truth and love.
A living faith cannot be manufactured
by the rule of majority.
What is faith worth if it is not
translated into action?
If you have faith in the cause and the
means and in God, the not sun will be cool for you.
It is poor faith that needs fair
weather for standing firm. That alone is true faith that stands the
Nothing can be more hurtful to an
honourable man than that he should be accused of bad
Faith is not imparted like secular
subjects. It is given through the language of the heart.
Every living faith must have within
itself the power of rejuvenation if it is to live.
Work without faith is like an attempt
to reach the bottom of a bottomless pit.
A man with a grain of faith in God
never loses hope, because he ever believes in the ultimate triumph of
A man of faith does not bargain or
stipulate with God.
Just as the body cannot exist without
blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of
Nonviolence succeeds only when we have
a real living faith in God.
A satyagrahi should have a living
faith in God.
The Gita is not for those who have no
I am a seasoned soldier of
nonviolence, and I have evidence enough to sustain my
I have made the worlds faith in God
my own and as my faith is effaceable, I regard that faith as amounting
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
It is the faith and perseverance and
single-mindedness with which Hitler has perfected his weapons of
destruction that commands my admiration.
Gods word is: He who strives never
perishes. I have implicit faith in that promise.
My effort should never be to undermine
anothers faith but to make him a better follower of his won
My faith in non-co-operation is as
bright as ever
My faith is brightest in the midst of
My faith runs so very much faster than
my reason that I can challenge the whole world and say, God is, was and
ever shall be.
The only tyrant I accept in this world
is the still small voice within.
My implicit faith in nonviolence does
mean yielding to minorities when they are really weak.
Faith becomes lame, when it ventures
into matters pertaining to reason.
Non-violence is the first article of my faith. It is also
the last article of my creed.
Whether one or many, I must declare my
faith that it is better for India to discard violence altogether even
for defending her borders.
With me the connection between the
cosmic phenomena and human behaviour is a living faith that draws me
nearer to God, humbles me and makes me readier for facing
Without a belief in my programme and
without an acceptance of my condition, you will ruin me, ruin yourselves
and ruin the cause.
All faiths constitute a revelation of
Truth, but all are imperfect and liable to error.
Tolerance implies a gratuitous
assumption of the inferiority of other faiths to ones
What faith can you place in a general
or a soldier who lacks resolution and determination, who says, I shall
keep guard as long as I can?
Can a general fight on the strength of
the soldiers who, he knows, have no faith in him?
Decency requires that when a programme
is approved by the majority, all should carry it out
Even as a tree has a single trunk, but
many branches and leaves, there is one religion but any number of
He who would in his own person test
the fact of Gods presence can do so by a living faith.
If you have no character to lose,
people will have no faith in you.
Khaddar is an activity that can absorb
all the time of all available men and women an grown-up children, if
they have faith.
Legal imposition avoids the necessity
of honour or good faith.
The khadi spirit means a equally
Prayer is an impossibility without a
living faith in the presence of God within.
The renunciation of the Gita is the
acid test of faith.
Those who are lacking in Bhakti
(devotion), lacking in faith, are ill qualified to interpret the
Fasting and prayer are common
injunctions in my religion.
Fasting for light and penance is a
A pure fast, like duty, is its own
Fasting is an institution as old as
Adam. It has been resorted to for self-purification or for some ends,
noble as well as ignoble.
A complete fast is a complete and
literal denial of self. It is the truest prayer.
A genuine fast cleanses the body, mind
and soul. It crucifies the flesh and to that extent sets the soul
Fasts could not be undertaken out of
anger. Anger was a short madness.
All fasting and all penance must as
far as possible be secret.
What the eyes are for the outer world,
fasts are for the inner.
A fast to be true must be accompanied
by a readiness to receive pure thoughts and determination to resist all
When a man fasts, it is not the
gallons of water he drinks that sustains him, but God.
My fast is among other things meant to
qualify me for achieving that equal and selfless love.
My fast is a matter between God and
My religion teaches me that whenever
there is distress which one can not remove, one must fast and
My austerities, fastings and prayers
are, I know of no value, if I rely upon them for reforming
Fear is a worse disease than malaria
or kalaazar; these diseases kill the body, fear kills the
Fear of disease killed more men than
A fear-stricken person can never know
God, and one who knows God will never fear a mortal man.
The fear of the judge within is more
terrible than that of the one without.
Where there is fear, there is no
There is always the fear of
self-righteousness possessing us, the fear of arrogating to ourselves a
superiority that we do not possess.
It is weakness which breeds fear, and
fear breeds distrust.
There would be no one to frighten you
if you refused to be afraid.
The man who fears man falls from the
estate of man. Fear God alone.
The greatest help you can give me is
to banish fear from your hearts.
External fears cease of their own
accord when once we have conquered these traitors within the
For a nonviolent person, the whole
world is one family. He will thus fear none, nor will others fear
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained
by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love.
Power based on love is a thousand
times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of
A man who throws himself on God ceases
to fear man.
Running away for fear of death,
leaving ones dear ones, temples or music to take care of themselves, is
irreligion, it is cowardice.
It needs more than a heart of oak to
shed all fear except the fear of God.
You will find that God is always by
the side of the fearless. Therefore, we should fear Him alone and seek
The golden rule is to act fearlessly
upon what one believes to be right.
Fearlessness presupposes calmness and
peace of mind.
I am convinced that the masses do not
want to fight if the leader do not.
My fight against untouchability is a
fight against the impure in humanity.
An incendiary uses fire for his
destructive and nefarious purpose, a housewife makes daily use of it in
preparing nourishing food for mankind.
A national spirit is necessary for the
national existence. A flag is a material aid to the development of such
Flattery and anger are the two sides
of weakness, one the obverse, other the reverse. The reverse anger
is worse than the obverse flattery.
Love is the subtlest force in the
The force of nonviolence is infinitely
more wonderful and subtle than the material forces of nature, like
The force generated by nonviolence is
infinitely greater than the force of all the arms invented by mans
The truth is that God is the force. He
is the essence of life. He is pure and undefiled consciousness. He is
To conquer the subtle passions seems
to me to be harder far than the physical conquest of the world by the
force of arms.
The older men should yield with grace
what will be taken from them by force if they do not read the signs of
The more efficient a force is, the
more silent and the more subtle it is.
Love of foreign cloth has brought
foreign domination, pauperism and , what is worst, shame to many a
Untouchability of foreign cloth is as
much a virtue with all of us as untouchbility of the suppressed classes
must be a sin with every devout Hindu.
In burning my foreign cloths, I burn
Forgiveness is the quality of the
brave, not of the cowardly.
Forgiveness is a quality of the soul
and therefore a positive quality.
The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
A definite forgiveness would mean a
definite recognition of our strength.
Abstinence is forgiveness only when
there is power to punish; it is meaningless when it pretends to proceed
from a helpless creature.
A mouse hardly forgives a cat when it
allows itself to be torn to pieces by her.
Forgiveness adorns a
With enlightened forgiveness must come
a mighty wave of strength in us, which would make it impossible for a
Dyer and a Frank Johnson to heap affront on Indias devoted
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.
Freedom is like a birth. Till we are
fully free, we are slaves.
Freedom of worship, even of public
speech, would become a farce if interference became the order of the
Freedom received though the efforts of
others, however benevolent, cannot be retained when such effort is
Freedom battles are not fought without
paying heavy prices.
No charter of freedom will be worth
looking at which does not ensure the same measure of freedom for the
minorities as for the majority.
No government on earth can make men,
who have realized freedom in their hearts, salute against their
No society can possibly be built on a
denial of individual freedom.
When freedom is in jeopardy,
non-co-operation may be a duty and prison may be a
God demands nothing less than complete
self surrender as the price for the only real freedom that is worth
Is it not possible for us all to
realize that the masses will never mount to freedom through
True ahimsa should mean a complete
freedom from ill-will and anger and hate and an overflowing love for
The bomb throwers have discredited
the cause of freedom, in whose name they threw the
There is nothing but nonviolence to
fall back upon for retaining our freedom, even as we had to do for
This freedom from all attachment is
the realization of God as Truth.
Freedom of India will demonstrate to
all the exploited races of the earth that their freedom is very
Indias freedom will not be won by
violence but only by the purest suffering without
There is every reason for being
cautions about founding new universities till India has digested the
newly acquired freedom.
We want freedom for our country, but
not at the expense or exploitation of others, not so as to degrade other
I do not want my house to be walled in
on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all
the lands to be blown about my house as freely a
If any Englishman dedicated his life
to securing the freedom of India, resisting tyranny and serving the
land, I should welcome that Englishman as an Indian.
I would far rather that India perished
than that she won freedom as the sacrifice of truth.
I would not sell the vital interests
of the untouchables for the sake of winning the freedom of
My interest in Indias freedom will
cease if she adopts violent means, for their fruit will not be freedom
but slavery in disguise.
For my won part, I do not want the
freedom of India if it means extinction of England or the disappearance
Through realization of freedom of
India, I hope to realize and carry on the mission of brotherhood of
It will be hard to find a parallel in
history in which unarmed people have represented the urge for freedom,
turning the very armlessness into the central means for
Though we are politically free, we are
hardly free from the subtle domination of the West.
Nothing depends upon the death of an
individual, be her ever so great, but much depends upon the freedom of
A slave has not the freedom even to do
the right thing.
A slave holder, who has decided to
abolish slavery, does not consult his slaves whether they desire freedom
Friends to be friends are not called
upon to agree even on most points.
Death is no fiend, he is the truest of
friends. He delivers us from agony.
With me marriage is no necessary test
of friendship even between husband and wife, let alone their respective
It is the acid test of nonviolence
that in a non violent conflict there is no rancour left behind, and in
the end the enemies are converted into friends.
My attitude towards the English is one
of utter friendliness and respect.