is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental
capacities. She has the right to participate in the
minutest details in the activities of man, and she has an
equal right of freedom and liberty with him.
ever kills, love never dies such is the vast difference
between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for
all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in
reality for it increases hatred.
of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For
want of valour is want of religious faith.
are times when you have to obey a call which is the
highest of all, i.e. the voice of conscience even though
such obedience may cost many a bitter tear, and even more,
separation from friends, from family, from the state to
which you may belong, from all that you have held as dear
as life itself. For this obedience is the law of our
on truth can come into play when one party practises
untruth or injustice. Only then can love be tested. True
friendship is put to the test only when one party
disregards the obligation of friendship.
test of friendship is assistance in adversity, and that
too, unconditional assistance. Co-operation which needs
consideration is a commercial contract and not friendship.
Conditional co-operation is like adulterated cement which
does not bind.
may be long before the law of love will be recognised in
international affairs. The machineries of government stand
between and hide the hearts of one people from those of
vow is a
purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of
passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and
composed and with God as witness.
is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can
warrant abandonment of one's own religion.
is an attempt to awaken the masses, to a sense of their
dignity and power. This can only be done by enabling them
to realize that they need not fear brute force, if they
would but know the soul within.
I see an erring man, I say to myself I have also erred;
when I see a lustful man I say to myself, so was I once;
and in this way I feel kinship with everyone in the world
and feel that I cannot be happy without the humblest of us
forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in
spite of the vivid knowledge that the one that must be
loved is not a friend. There is no merit in loving an
enemy when you forget him for a friend.
moment there is suspicion about a person's motives,
everything he does becomes tainted.
creeds such simple things like the clothes which a man can
change at will and put on at will? Creeds are such for
which people live for ages and ages.
shadowed forth my intense longing to lose myself in the
Eternal and become merely a lump of clay in the Potter's
divine hands so that my service may become more certain
because uninterrupted by the baser self in me.
error does not become truth by reason of multiplied
propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody
will see it.
cheerfully endured, ceases to be suffering and is
transmuted into an ineffable joy.
soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious.
There is no such thing as religion over-riding morality.
Man, for instance,cannot be untruthful, cruel or
incontinent and claim to have God on his side.
as wisdom often comes from the mouths of babes, so does it
often come from the mouths of old people. The golden rule
is to test everything in the light of reason and
experience, no matter from where it comes.
must be the change you wish to see in the world.
is directed not against men but against measures. It is
not directed against the Governors, but against the system
they administer. The roots of non-cooperation lie not in
hatred but in justice, if not in love.
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 as possible. But I refuse to be
blown off my feet by any. I refuse to live in other
people's houses as an interloper, a beggar or a slave.
must always in a progressive society be held superior to
men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for
will far rather
see the race of man extinct than that we should become
less than beasts by making the noblest of God's creation,
woman, the object of our lust.
spirit of non-violence necessarily leads to humility.
Non-violence means reliance on God, the rock of ages. If
we would seek his aid, we must approach Him with a humble
and contrite heart.
truth has no value unless it incarnates in human beings
who represent it, by proving their readiness to die for
is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the
court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.
is beyond the reach of the bayonet. It has found an
abiding place in the Indian heart. Workers like me will go
when the hour has struck, but non-cooperation will remain.
is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth
of a true democratic spirit.
campaign of non-cooperation has no reference to diplomacy,
secret or open. The only diplomacy it admits of is the
statement and pursuance of truth at any cost.
is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands,
even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
that human mind or human society is not divided into
watertight compartments called social, political and
religious. All act and react upon one another.
only virtue I want to claim is truth and non-violence. I
lay no claim to superhuman powers. I want none. I wear the
same corruptible flesh that the weakest of my fellow
beings wears, and am therefore as liable to err as any. My
services have many limitations, but God has upto now
blessed them in spite of the imperfections.
human voice can never reach the distance that is covered
by the still small voice of conscience.
we want to cultivate a true spirit of democracy we cannot
afford to be intolerant. Intolerance betrays want of faith
in one's cause.
I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the
moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to
the world and to India herself.
is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the
truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of
nature there is fundamental unity running through all the
diversity we see about us. Religions are given to mankind
so as to accelerate the process of realisation of
much I may sympathise with and admire worthy motives, I am
an uncompromising opponent of violent methods even to
serve the noblest of causes.
and death are not two different states, but they are
different aspects of the same state. There is as little
reason to deplore the one as there is to be pleased over
me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
convinces me that permanent good can never be the outcome
of untruth & violence. Even if my belief is a fond
delusion, it will be admitted that it is a fascinating
want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking
care of the present. God has given me no control over the
one's faith in one's plans and methods is truly tested
when the horizon before one is the blackest.
is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows
in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
trust is solely in god. And I trust men only because I
trust God. If I had no God to rely upon, I should be like
Timon, a hater of my species.
own religion is after all a matter between oneself and
one's Maker and no one else's.
religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my
God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
It is any
day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly, in order to be able to save
far than cowardice is killing and being killed in battle.
is the sincerest flattery.
no one charge me with ever having abused or encouraged
weakness or surrendered on matters of principle. But I
have said, as I say again, that every trifle must not be
dignified into a principle.
men have not been known in history to die to a man. They
die up to a point.
that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is
am but a poor
struggling soul yearning to be wholly good, wholly
truthful and wholly non-violent in thought, word and deed,
but ever failing to reach the ideal which I know to be
true. It is a painful climb, but the pain of it is a
positive pleasure to me. Each step upwards makes me feel
stronger and fit for the next.
authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to
it. It comes without seeking and is retained without
knows no considerations.
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 then the one
derived from fear of punishment.
that takes no account of practical affairs and does not
help to solve them is no religion.
is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.
sacrifice is worth the name unless it is a joy. Sacrifice
and a long face go ill together. Sacrifice is 'making
sacred'. He must be a poor specimen of humanity who is in
need of sympathy for his sacrifice.
service is the nobelest which is rendered for its own
formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to
submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
tries his votaries through and through but never beyond
endurance. He gives them strength enough to go through the
ordeal he prescribes for them.
never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never
resents never revenges itself.
be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow
mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to
confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
is by nature self-evident, as soon as you remove the
cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
is not imitation. It means power of resistance and
has reason, discrimination and free-will such as it is.
The brute has no such thing. It is not a free agent, and
knows no distinction between virtue and vice, good and
evil. Man, being a free agent, knows these distinctions,
and when he follows his higher nature, shows himself far
superior to the brute, but when he follows his baser
nature can show himself lower then the brute.
is the enemy of Ahimsa(Non-violence) and pride is a
monster that swallows it up.
is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings
like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment
limits of its compromise in practice.
is easy enough to say, 'I do not believe in God.' For God
permits all things to be said of Him with impunity. He
looks at our acts. And any breach of His Law carries with
it not its vindictive, but its purifying, compelling
who trifles with truth cuts at the root of Ahimsa. He who
is angry is guilty of Himsa.
society is a ceaseless growth, an unfoldment in terms of
patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of
time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the
we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the
same to us all.
have found by
experience that man makes his plans to be often upset by
God, but, at the same time, where the ultimate goal is the
search of truth, no matter how a man's plans are
frustrated the issue is never injurious and often better
uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than
a 'yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to
that insists upon agreement on all matters is notworth the
name. Friendship to be real must ever sustain the weight
of honest differences, however sharp they be.
confession, combined with a promise never to commit thesin
again, when offered before one who has the right to
receiveit, is the purest type of repentance.
of personal life is the one indispensable condition for
building up a sound education.
is the exclusive attribute of God, and it is
indescribable, untranslatable. I do believe that it is
possible for human beings to become perfect. It is
necessary for all of us to aspire after that perfection
but when that blessed state is attained, it becomes
is true of the individual will be to-morrow true of the
whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart
which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant
nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions
pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in
a spirit of joy.
has always been a mystery to me how men can feel
themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow
spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be
adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of
is quite proper to resist and attack a system, but to
resist and attack its author is tantamount to resisting
and attacking oneself, for we are all tarred with the same
brush, and are children of one and the same Creator, and
as such the divine powers within us are infinite. To
slight a single human being, is to slight those divine
powers and thus to harm not only that Being, but with Him,
the whole world.
us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but
let no one lust for martyrdom.
true soldier does not argue as he marches, how success is
going to be ultimately achieved. But he is confident that
if he only plays his humble part well, somehow or other
the battle will be won. It is in that spirit that every
one of us should act. It is not given to us to know the
future. But it is given to everyone of us to know how to
do our own part well.
co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also
under certain conditions is equally a duty.
all the animal creation of God, man is the only animal who
has been created in order that he may know his Maker.
Man's aim in life is not therefore to add from day to day
to his material prospects and to his material possessions,
but his predominant calling is, from day to day to come
nearer to his own Maker.
relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical
relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
and his deed are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed
should call forth approbation, and a wicked deed dis-approbation,
the doer of the deed, whether good or wicked always
deserves respect or pity as the case may be. Hate the sin
and not the sinner is a precept which though easy enough
to understand is rarely practised, and that is why the
poison of hatred spreads in the world.
the religions of the world, while they may differ in other
respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this
world but Truth.
is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all
is notoriously too dense to read the signs that God sends
from time to time. We require drums to be beaten into our
ears, before we should wake from our trance and hear the
warning and see that to lose oneself in all, is the only
way to find oneself.
do not want any
patronage, as I do not give any. I am a lover of my own
liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours. I
simply want to please my own conscience, which is God.
suffering, bravely borne, melts even a heart of stone.
Such is the potency of suffering. And there lies the key
for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.
is an orderliness in the universe, there is an unalterable
law governing everything and every being that exists or
lives. It is no blind law; for no blind law can govern the
conduct of living beings.
first condition of humaneness is a little humility and a
little diffidence about the correctness of one's conduct
and a little receptiveness.
love is, there God is also.
are merely the instruments of the Almighty's will and
therefore ignorant of what helps us forward and what acts
as an impediment. We must thus rest satisfied with the
knowledge only of the means and if these are pure, we can
fearlessly leave the end to take care of itself.
will have to be rigid and iron discipline before we
achieve anything great and enduring, and that discipline
will not come by mere academic argument and appeal to
reason and logic. Discipline is learnt in the school of
is not a quality to be evolved or expressed to order. It
is an inward growth depending for sustenance upon intense
development is the law of life, and a man who always tries
to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent
drives himself into a false position.
cunning is not only morally wrong but also politically
inexpedient, and have therefore always discountenanced its
use even from the practical standpoint.
anything assumes the strength of a creed, it becomes
self-sustained and derives the needed support from within.
perceive that whilst everything around me is
ever-changing, ever-dying, there is underlying all that
change a living Power that is changeless, that holds all
together, that creates, dissolves and recreates. That
informing power or spirit is God. And since nothing else I
see merely through the senses can or will persist, He
and cowardice are contradictory terms. Non-violence is the
greatest virtue, cowardice the greatest vice. Non-violence
springs from love, cowardice from hate. Non-violence
always suffers, cowardice would always inflict suffering.
Perfect non-violence is the highest bravery. Non-violent
conduct is never demoralising, cowardice always is.
one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be
real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
is man's social nature which distinguishes him from the
brute creation. If it is his privilege to be independent,
it is equally his duty to be inter-dependent. Only an
arrogant man will claim to be independent of everybody
else and be self-contained.
discontent is the prelude to progress.
consists not in bluff, bravado or lordliness. It consists
in daring to do the right and facing consequences whether
it is in matters social, political or other. It consists
in deeds, not in words.
is the realised sense of proportion.
fetters are no less galling to a self-respecting man
theniron ones; the sting lies in the fetters, not in the
would conduce to national progress and save a great deal
of time and trouble if we cultivated the habit of never
supporting the resolutions either by speaking or voting
for them if we had not either the intention or the ability
to carry them out.
of promise is a base surrender of truth.
takes us along in the battle of life to a certain limit,
but at the crucial moment it fails us. Faith transcends
reason. It is when the horizon is the darkest and human
reason is beaten down to the ground that faith shines
brightest and comes to our rescue.
any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and
is in conflict with morality.
self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession
of no one race or religion.
one prays to God according to his own light.
world is touched by sacrifice. It does not then
discriminate about the merits of a cause. Not so God - He
is all seeing. He insists on the purity of the cause and
on adequate sacrifice thereof.
of promise is no less an act of insolvency than a refusal
to pay one's debt.
is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily
admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to
have a heart without words than words without a heart.
law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be
effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the
becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for
the welfare of his fellow-men.
may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar
to the meeting of hearts?
should be truth in thought, truth in speech, and truth in
action. To the man who has realised this truth in
perfection, nothing else remains to be known because all
knowledge is necessarily included in it.
heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is
not based on brute force.
saw that nations
like individuals could only be made through the agony of
the Cross and in no other way. Joy comes not out of
infliction of pain on others but out of pain voluntarily
borne by oneself.
ounce of practice is worth more then tons of preaching.
has never been known to be a matter of muscle; it is a
matter of the heart. The toughest muscle has been known to
tremble before an imaginary fear. It was the heart that
set the muscle atrembling.
me art in order to be truly great must, like the beauty of
Nature, be universal in its appeal. It must be simple in
its presentation and direct in its expression, like the
language of Nature.
sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes
restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter
has its well-defined limits. Suffering can be both wise
and unwise, and when the limit is reached, to prolong it
would be not unwise but the height of folly.
I not gazed at the marvellous mystery of the starry vault,
hardly ever tiring of the great panorama?
woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service
right should be capable of being vindicated by right means
as against the rude i.e. sanguinary means. Man may and
should shed his own blood for establishing what he
considers to be his right. He may not shed the blood of
his opponent who disputes his 'right'.
to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself,
I won't presume to probe into the faults of others.
who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.
a willing slave to this most exacting Master fr more then
half a century. His voice has been increasingly audible as
years have rolled by. He has never forsaken me even in my
darkest hour. He has saved me often against myself and
left me not a vestige of independence. The greater the
surrender to Him, the greater has been my joy.
degree of physical harmony and comfort is necessary, but
above a certain level it becomes a hindrance instead of a
help. Therefore the ideal of creating an unlimited number
of wants and satisfying them seems to be a delusion and a
is, good or truth misplaced.
is no human institution but has its dangers. The greater
the institution, the greater the chances of abuse.
Democracy is a great institution and therefore it is
liable to be greatly abused. The remedy therefore is not
avoidance of democracy but reduction of the possibility of
abuse to a minimum.
can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless
service with which nature has endowed her.
in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the
life is one indivisible whole, and all my activities run
intoone another, and they all have their rise in my
insatiable love of mankind.
inspiration other then Nature's. She has never failed me
yet. She mystifies me, bewilders me, sends me into
ecstasies. Besides God's handiwork, does not man's fade
real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him
the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the
body; it is starvation of the soul the dweller in the
cannot be an observance by itself. For, it does not lend
itself to being deliberately practised. It is, however, an
indispensable test of 'Ahimsa.' For one who has 'Ahimsa'
in him it becomes part of his very nature.
as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He
be so to every one of us.
is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is
mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised
by the ingenuity of man.
is not the law of humans. Man lives freely only by his
readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother,
never by killing him. Every murder or other injury, no
matter for what cause, committed or inflicted on another
is a crime against humanity.
main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly,
act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our
thought to the body.
ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for
turning faith into a rich infallible experience.
consists in making circumstances subserve to ourselves.
who will not heed themselves perish. To understand this
principle is not to be impatient, not to reproach fate,
not to blame others. He who understands the doctrine of
self-help blames himself for failure.
conversion is a matter between man and his Maker who alone
knows his creatures' hearts. A conversion without a clean
heart is, in my opinion, a denial of God and Religion.
Conversion without cleanliness of heart can only be a
matter of sorrow, not joy, to a godly person.
the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve
what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and
cultivate the same hope and faith. Work without faith is
like an attempt to reach the bottom of a bottomless pit.
principles are, if anything, worse than ill-digested food,
for the latter harms the body and there is cure for it,
whereas the former ruins the soul and there is no cure for
essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are
never ruins one's health. What ruins it,is not restraint
but outward suppression. A really self-restrained person
grows every day from strength to strength and from peace
to more peace. The very first step in self-restraint is
the restraint of thoughts.
should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so
constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger
or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it
religion is not a narrow dogma. It is not external
observance. It is faith in God and living in the presence
of God. It means faith in a future life, in truth and
Ahimsa. There prevails today a sort of apathy towards
these things of the Spirit.
he can take great resolves who has indomitable faith in
God and has fear of God.
small body of
determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their
mission can alter the course of history.
may live without
air and water, but not without Him. You may pluck out my
eyes, but that cannot kill me. You may chop off my nose
but that will not kill me. But blast my belief in God, and
I am dead.
nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know
to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair
of human nature.
is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What
would a man not pay for living ?
know, to banish
anger altogether from one's breast is a difficult task. It
cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be
done only by God's grace.
has faith in God though everyone does not know it. For
everyone has faith in himself and that multiplied to the
nth degree is God. The sum total of all that lives is God.
We may not be God, but we are of God, even as a little
drop of water is of the ocean.
is no one without faults, not even men of God. They are
men of God not because they are faultless, but because
they know their own faults, they strive against them, they
do not hide them, and are ever ready to correct
and cowardice go ill together. I can imagine a fully armed
man to be at heart a coward. Possession of arms implies an
element of fear, if not cowardice. But true non-violence
is an impossibility without the possession of
has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command
results, we can only strive.
hardest metal yields to sufficient heat. Even so must the
hardest heart melt before sufficiency of the heat of non-
violence. And there is no limit to the capacity of
non-violence to generate heat.
accrue automatically to him who duly performs his duties.
In fact the right to perform one's duties is the only
right that is worth living for and dying for. It covers
all legitimate rights. All the rest is grab under one
guise or another and contains in it seed of Himsa.
is good to see ourselves as others see us. Try as we may.
We are never able to know ourselves fully as we are,
especially the evil side of us. This we can do only if we
are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart
whatever they might have to say.
more indispensable then food for the physical body is
spiritual nourishment for the soul. One can do without
food for a considerable time, but a man of the spirit
cannot exist for a single second without spiritual
character is more dissolute in thought than in deed. And
the same is true of violence. Our violence in word and
deed is but a feeble echo of the surging violence of
thought in us.
must in essence, therefore, mean the art and science of
mobilising the entire physical, economic and spiritual
resources of all the various sections of the people in the
service of the common good of all.
is a principle. and in no case can it be watered down
because of our incapacity to live it in practice. We have
to strive to achieve it, and the striving should be
conscious, deliberate and hard.
culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of
am I? I have no strength save what God gives me. I have no
authority over my countrymen save the pure moral. If He
holds me to be a pure instrument for the spread of
non-violence in place of the awful violence now ruling the
earth, He will give me the strength and show me the way.
My greatest weapon is mute prayer. The cause of peace is
therefore, in God's good hands.
want to see
India free in my life-time. But God may not consider me
fit enough to see the dream of my life fulfilled. Then I
shall quarrel, not with Him but with myself.
compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no
give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere
fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no
husband and wife there should be no secrets from one
another. I have a very high opinion of the marriage tie. I
hold that husband and wife merge in each other. They are
one in two or two in one.
is foolish to think that by fleeing one can trick the
dread god of death. Let us treat him as a beneficent angel
rather than a dread god. We must face and welcome him
whenever he comes.
is the law of love that rules mankind. Had violence, i.e.
hate, ruled us we should have become extinct long ago. And
yet, the tragedy of it is that the so-called civilized men
and nations conduct themselves as if the basis of society
badge of the violent is his weapon, spear, sword or rifle.
God is the shield of the non-violent.
is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is
healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and
the wisest might err.
is through truth non-violence that I can have some
glimpseof God. Truth non-violence are my God. They are the
obverse and reverse of the same coin.
the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his
acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our
which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has
not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity
of our hearts.
opponent is entitled to the same regard for his principles
as we would expect others to have for ours. Non-violence
demands that we should seek every opportunity to win over
lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in
as a man would not cherish living in a body other than his
own, so do nations not like to live under other nations,
however noble and great the latter may be.
religion which is narrow and which cannot satisfy the test
of reason, will survive the coming reconstruction of
society in which the values will have changed and
character, not possession of wealth, title or birth will
be the test of merit.
can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to
do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones
to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body,
not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am
the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to
do what he wanted done.
requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in
falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and
high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily
wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
invariably elects to go into the hands of the strong. That
strength may be physical or of the heart or, if we do not
fight shy of the word, of the spirit. Strength of the
heart connotes soul-force. Let it be remembered that
physical force is transitory, even as the body is
transitory. But the power of the spirit is permanent even
as the spirit is everlasting.
quenches untruth, love quenches anger, self-suffering
quenches violence. This eternal rule is a rule not for
saints only but for all.
work will be finished if I succeed in carrying conviction
to the human family, that every man or woman, however weak
in body, is the guardian of his or her self-respect and
liberty, and that this defence prevails, though the world
be against the individual resister.
of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and
leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger
worship God as
Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking
after Him. I am prepared to sacrifice the things dearest
to me in pursuit of this quest. Even if the sacrifice
demanded my very life, I hope I may be prepared to give
do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our
writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our
lives be open books for all to study.
is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not
dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an
interruption of our work. He is the purpose of it. He is
not an outsider to our business. He is part of it. We are
not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a
favour by giving us the opportunity to do so.