Albert Camus quotes

Don’t walk behind me I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Without freedom, no art art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.
Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
The need to be right — the sign of a vulgar mind.
You know what charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
The absurd is born of the confrontation between the human call and the unreasonable silence of the world.
Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.
I love my country too much to be a nationalist.
It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
History, as an entirety, could only exist in the eyes of an observer outside it and outside the world. History only exists, in the final analysis, for God.
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love – first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
‘It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.
A person I knew use to divide human beings into three categories Those who prefer have nothing to hide rather than being obliged to lie, those who prefer lying to having nothing to hide, and finally those who like both lying and the hidden.
I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.
What then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared For there to be an equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal, who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him, and who from that moment onward had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life.
What is a rebel A man who says no.
To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
Friendship often ends in love but love in friendship–never.
I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for modern man he fornicated and read the papers.
The truth, as the light, makes blind.
An intellectual is a person whose mind watches itself.
I enjoyed my own nature to the fullest, and we all know that there lies happiness, although, to soothe one another mutually, we occasionally pretend to condemn such joys as selfishness.
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature.
Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.
The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence cynicism.
How many crimes are committed simply because their authors could not endure being wrong.
Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.
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Aesop quotes

He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
The gods help them that help themselves.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
Little friends may prove great friends.
There is always someone worse off than yourself.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
United we stand, divided we fall.
Appearances often are deceiving.
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
Only cowards insult dying majesty.
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
Familiarity breed contempt.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth — don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
Plodding wins the race.
It is easy to despise what you cannot get.
A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
Men often applaud an imitation, and hiss the real thing.
You may share the labours of the great, but you may not share the spoil.
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
Please all, and you will please none.
Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
Be content with your lot one cannot be first in everything.
Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.
A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
It is easier to get into the enemy’s toils than out again.
It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.
In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.
The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
Put your shoulder to the wheel.
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
What a splendid head, yet no brain.
People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
Union gives strength.
It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle’s own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
I am sure the grapes are sour.
Slow and steady wins the race.
I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
While I see many hoof marks going in, I see none coming out. It is easier to get into the enemy’s toils than out again.
Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find – nothing.
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Aeschylus quotes

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.
‘Honour thy father and thy mother’ stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness.
Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.
Sweet is a grief well ended.
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil.
Words are the physicians of the mind diseased.
Time as he grows old teaches many lessons.
The wisest of the wise may err.
Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend’s success without envy.
Exiles feed on hope.
It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life Overcome fear, behold wonder.
For not many men, the proverb saith, can love a friend whom fortune prospereth unenvying.
A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.
The future you shall know when it has come before then forget it.
When a man’s willing and eager, the gods join in.
Bronze is the mirror of the form wine, of the heart.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.
Time as he grows old teaches all things.
Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.
In war, truth is the first casualty.
For somehow this is tyranny’s disease, to trust no friends.
Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another’s might.
It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
Only when man’s life comes to its end in prosperity can one call that man happy.
His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best.
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Over 100 Buddha quotes

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
The heavenly gods will not protect a short-tempered person, however important they may think he or she is.
Famine occurs as a result of greed, pestilence as a result of foolishness, and warfare as a result of anger.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Just as flowers open up and bear fruits, just as the moon appears and invariably grow full, just as a lamp becomes brighter when oil is added, and just as plants and trees flourish with rain, so will human beings never fail to prosper when they make good causes.
Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
If you want to understand the causes that existed in the past, look at the results as they are manifested in the present. And if you want to understand what results will be manifested in the future, look at the causes that exist in the present.
The shallow is easy to embrace, but the profound is difficult. To discard the shallow and seek the profound is the way of a person of courage.
It is said that even the moonlight will not deign to shine on the sleeve of an unfeeling person.
Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Cherry, plum, peach or damson blossoms–all, just as they are, are entities possessing their own unique qualities.
Worthy persons deserve to be called so because they are not carried away by the eight winds: prosperity,decline,disgrace,honor,praise,censure,suffering, and pleasure.They are neither elated by prosperity nor grieved by decline. The heavenly gods will surely protect one who is unbending before the eight winds.
He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.
When one is deluded, it is as if one were dreaming. And when one is enlightened, it is as if one had awakened.
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
In the end it is nothing other than the loving kindness with which the woman cares for her child that makes the difference. Her concern concentrates on one thing just like the Buddhist practice of concentration. She thinks of nothing but her child, which is similar to Buddhist compassion. That must be why, although she created no other causes to bring about it, she was reborn in the Brahma heaven.
Who but a son would have gone to such length to search for his father? The Veneraable Maudgalyayana saved his mother from the sufferings of the world of hungry spirits, and the brothers Pure Storehouse and Pure Eye persuaded their father to give up his erroneous views. This is why it is said that a good child is a parent’s treasure.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled by non-hatred – this is the law Eternal.
Mugwort that grows in the midst of hemp, or a snake inside a tube (will as a matter of course become straight), and those who associate with people of good character will consequently become upright in heart, deed, and word.
Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.
Peace come from within. Do not seek it without.
Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.
When a tree has been transplanted, thought fierce winds it may blow, it will not topple if it has a firm stake to hold it up. But even a tree that has grown up in place may fall over if its roots are weak. Even a feeble person will not stumble if those supporting him are strong, but a person of considerable strength, when alone, may fall down on an uneven path.
Chang-an writes, if one befreinds another person but lacks the mercy to correct him, one is in fact his enemy. The consequences of a grave offense are extremently difficult to erase. The most important thing is to continually strengthen our wish to benefit others.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest property.
The strong and steadfast power of faith is precious indeed.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
The world, indeed, is like a dream and the treasures of the world are an alluring mirage! Like the apparent distances in a picture, things have no reality in themselves, but they are like heat haze.
All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.
A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.
Let a man avoid evil deeds as a man who loves life avoids poison.
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.
Good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful. Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone else.
Even lowly creature know enough to repay debt of gratitude. Thus the bird known as the wild goose will invariably carry out its filial duty to the mother bird when she is about to die. And the fox never forgets its old hillock. If even animals will do such things, then how much more so should this be true of human beings?
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
Winter always turns into Spring.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body. The most valuable of all are the treasures of the heart.
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death.
Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
Do not go around lamenting to others how hard it is for you to live in this world. To do so is an act utterly unbecoming to a worthy man.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
We living beings, right down to crickets, ants, mosquitoes , and flies, all possess life that is without beginning or end.
Nothing is permanent.
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
One should become the master of one’s mind rather than let one’s mind master him.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
He is able who thinks he is able.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
Wherever there is light, there is shadow; wherever there is length, there is shortness; wherever there is white, there is black. Just like these, as the self-nature of things can not exist alone, they are called non-substantial.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Buddhism stresses the importance of the present and the future. There is little point in dwelling on the past. Far more constructive is looking to the future and moving forward. What is vital is that we achieve a bright and glorious future through our efforts and perseverance today. ~Daisaku Ikeda
A jug fills drop by drop.
The greatest prayer is patience.
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: 1.) not going all the way; and 2.) not starting.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.
Do not speak harshly to any one; those who are spoken to will answer thee in the same way. Angry speech is painful: blows for blows will touch thee.
Misfortune comes from one’s mouth and ruins one, but fortune comes from one’s heart and makes one worthy of respect.
Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most
As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgements but rain your kindness equally on all.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
Inward calm cannot be maintained unless physical strength is constantly and intelligently replenished.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings
What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What’s the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood
Hate is never conquered by hate, hate is only conquered by love
The tongue is like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
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Over 200 Gandhi quotes

I care so deeply about this matter that I?m willing to take on the legal penalties, to sit in this prison cell, to sacrifice my freedom, in order to show you how deeply I care. Because when you see the depth of my concern, and how civil I am in going about this, you?re bound to change your mind about me, to abandon your rigid, unjust position, and to let me help you see the truth of my cause.
Before you do anything, stop and recall the face of the poorest most helpless destitute person you have seen and ask yourself, ?Is what I am about to do going to help him??
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
It?s the action, not the fruit of the action, that?s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there?ll be any fruit. But that doesn?t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one?s goal and not in reaching it.
We must become the change we want to see in the world.
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
Action expresses priorities.
For me the present is merged in eternity. I may not sacrifice the latter for the present.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
Consciously or unconsciously, everyone of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.
I claim to be an average man of less than average ability. I have not 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.
I claim to be no more than an average person with less than average ability. I have not the shadow of 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.
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
A person who is worried about the outcome of his work does not see his goal; he sees only his opposition and the obstacles before him.
Service that is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures as possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.
A 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. In is 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.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
Truth quenches untruth, love quenches anger, self-suffering quenches violence. This eternal rule is a rule not for saints only but for all.
In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
Even 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.
Abstract truth has no value unless it incarnates in human beings who represent it, by proving their readiness to die for it.
There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.
He who trifles with truth cuts at the root of Ahimsa [non-violence]. He who is angry is guilty of Himsa.
All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.
Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth.
Breach of promise is no less an act of insolvency than a refusal to pay one?s debt.
Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for the confession.
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
The good man is the friend of all living things.
Peace is its own reward.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
However much I may sympathise with and admire worthy motives, I am an uncompromising opponent of violent methods even to serve the noblest of causes.
I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one?s opponent.
Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.
Experience 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 delusion.
Violent men have not be known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
Non-violence is not a quality to be evolved or expressed to order. It is an inward growth depending for sustenance upon intense individual effort.
To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. The more helpless the creature, the more that it is entitled to protection by man from the cruelty of man.
Non-violence 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.
Manliness 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 words.
Better than cowardice is killing and being killed in battle.
Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
A No uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a Yes merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head than to crawl on one?s belly, in order to be able to save one?s head.
Let 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.
Anger is the enemy of Ahimsa [non-violence] and pride is a monster swallows it up.
Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
Real suffering bravely borne, melts even a heart of stone. Such is the potency of suffering. And there lies the key to Satyagraha.
The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless.
It is unwise to be too sure one?s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world ? that is the myth of the atomic age ? as in being able to remake ourselves.
Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn?t have it in the beginning.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
I 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.
That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.
My 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.
A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
There 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 being.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
Don?t listen to friends when the Friend inside you says ?Do this.?
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.
We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Never has man reached his destination by persistence in deviation from the straight path.
Self-respect known no considerations.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be read must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
I do not want to forsee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
Morality 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.
The destructive Seven Blunders of the World that cause violence:  Wealth without work.  Pleasure without conscience.  Knowledge without character.  Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Religion without sacrifice. Politics without principle.
I have always thought that having wealth flow to you without doing something of equal value in return was a form of theft. Most Americans hold a quite different view. They believe that people like Romney to whom money flows effortlessly like a supermagnet, who provide no goods or services to those who give them the money, who then spend that wealth as wastefully and conspicuously as possible, represent the very goal of existence. Nearly everyone who gets rich does it by short-changing, or even actively harming, their fellows, hardly admirable behaviour.
Man 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 practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world.
Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.
The moment there is suspicion about a person?s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
A man who broods on evil is as bad a man who does evil, if he is no worse.
Man 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 than the brute.
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
Woman in 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 equal right to liberty of freedom and liberty with him.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
Commonsense is a realised sense of proportion.
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
It is the law of love that rules mankind. Had violence, i.e. hate, rules us we would have become extinct long ago. And yet, the tragedy of it is that the so-called civilised men and nations conduct themselves as if the basis of society was violence.
Hatred ever kills, Love never dies, such is the vast difference between the two. What is ordained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality, for it increases hatred.
Where there is love there is life.
It 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 another.
To forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in spite of the vivid knowledge that the one that much be loved is not a friend. There is no merit in loving an enemy when you forget him for a friend.
The only way love punishes in by suffering.
Justice that love gives is a surrender; justice that law gives is a punishment.
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 punishment.
Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.
Where love is, there God is also.
We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
The test of friendship is assistance in adversity, and that too, unconditional assistance, Co-operation which needs consideration is as a commercial contract and not friendship. Conditional co-operation is like adulterated cement which does not bind.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one?s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
Friendship that insists on agreement on all matters is not worth the name. Friendship to be real must ever sustain the weight of honest differences, however sharp they be.
There is a sufficiency in the world for man?s need but not for man?s greed.
Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west? keeping the world in chains. If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts.
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
Golden fetters are no less galling to a self-respecting man that iron ones; the sting lies in the fetters, not in the metal.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall ? think of it, always.
My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest shall have the same opportunities as the strongest? No country in the world today shows any but patronizing regard for the weak? Western democracy, as it functions today, is diluted fascism? True democracy cannot be worked by twenty men sitting at the center. It has to be worked from below, by the people of every village.
To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself. And a man who aspires after that cannot afford to keep out of any field of life. That is why my devotion to Truth has drawn me into the field of politics; and I can say without the slightest hesitation, and yet in all humility, that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.
 My Experiments With Truth
Just 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 my be.
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
It 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.
If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake.
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
What do I think of Western civilisation? I think it would be a very good idea.
What is a war criminal? Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and, therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered, and conducted wars, war criminals? War criminals are not confined to the Axis Powers alone. Roosevelt and Churchill are no less war criminals than Hitler and Mussolini. England, America and Russia have all of them got their hands dyed more or less red ? not merely Germany and Japan.
Nations are born out of travail and suffering
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 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.
Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfillment.
This 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.
I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.
For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires a change of heart.
Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
An 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 see every opportunity to win over opponents.
Indeed one?s faith in one?s plans and methods is truly tested when the horizon before one is the blackest.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
Non-cooperation is an attempt to awaken the masses, to a sense of their dignity and power. This can only be done by enabling them to realise that they need not fear brute force, if they but know the soul within.
Public opinion alone can keep a society pure and healthy.
Non-cooperation 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.
Non-cooperation 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 lies not in hatred but in justice if not in love.
Insistence on truth can come into play when one party practices 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.
You don?t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
If we want to cultivate a true spirit of democracy we cannot afford to be intolerant. Intolerance betrays want of faith in one?s cause.
Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold onto it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.
Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.
It 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.
If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty.
I believe that cunning is not only morally wrong but also politically expedient, and have therefore always discountenanced its use even from the practical standpoint.
Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.
How 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.
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
The only virtue I want to claim is truth and non-violence. I lay no claim to super-human 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 up to now blessed them in spite of the imperfections.
I claim to 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.
The first condition of humaneness is a little humility and a little diffidence about the correctness of one?s conduct and a little receptiveness.
It 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.
Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plain living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man?s happiness really lies in contentment.
As a rule, the mind, residing in a body that has become weakened by pampering, is also weak, and where there is no strength of mind there can be no strength of soul.
Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.
Suffering cheerfully endured, ceases to be suffering and is transmuted into an ineffable joy.
I am a Puritan myself, but I am catholic toward others.
I would 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.
No 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.
We 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.
Literary education is of no value, if it is not able to build up a sound character.
There 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 adversity.
I 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 by very life, I hope I may be prepared to give it.
Power 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 spirit is permanent even as the spirit is everlasting.
The badge of the violent is his weapon, spear, sword or rifle. God is the shield of the non-violent.
No 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.
As 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.
Birth 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 the other.
Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts, but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
It is through truth & non-violence that I can have some glimpse of God. Truth & non-violence are my God. They are the obverse and reverse of the same coin.
Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.
Faith? must be enforced by reason? when faith becomes blind it dies.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
Infinite striving to be the best is man?s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God?s hands.
It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
A 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.
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
Whenever 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 being happy.
Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.
Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one?s own religion.
Are 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.
I have but 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.
The 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.
God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man, even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison.
In nature there is a 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 fundamental unity.
I believe in absolute oneness of God and therefore also of humanity.
My 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.
One?s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one?s Maker and no one else?s.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.
Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
God tries his votaries through and through but never beyond endurance. He gives them strength enough to go through the ordeal he prescribes for them.
It 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 it purifying, compelling punishment.
Human society is a ceaseless growth, and unfoldment in terms of spirituality.
If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.
Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all.
I have found by experience that man makes his plans to be upset by God, but, at the same time, where the ultimate goal is the search of truth, on matter how a man?s plans are frustrated the issue is never injurious and often better than anticipated.
A clean confession combined with a promise never to commit the sin again, when offered before one who has the right to receive it, is the purest type of repentance.
Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.
Perfection is the exclusive attribute of God, and it is indescribable, untranslatable. I do believe that it is possible for human beings to become perfect, even as God is perfect. It is necessary for all of us to aspire after that perfection but when that blessed state is attained, it become indescribable, indefinable.
What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.
Of all the animal creations of God, main is the only animal who has been created in order that he may know his Maker. Man?s aim is 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.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
Mankind 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.
I 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.
But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.
There 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.
We are merely 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.
Constant 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.
When anything assumes the strength of a creed, it becomes self-sustained and derives the needed support from within.
I do dimly 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 alone is.
Intellect 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.
I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
The world is touched by sacrifice. It does not then discriminate about the merits of a cause. No so God ? He is all seeing. He insists on the purity of the cause and on adequate sacrifice thereof.
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
Prayer 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.
Prayer is not an old woman?s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Each one prays to God according to his own light.
Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.
To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
Prayer 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.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
Imitation is the sincerest flattery.
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