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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was alive from 1869 to 1948 and was a leader in nonviolent confrontation. He was born in a three story house to the chief minister in town. Growing up, he had access to literature and read many classics, which he said affected him greatly on a personal level. In school, Gandhi was an average student. Not only did he not excel in the classroom, but he was not athletically inclined either. He was mediocre at best. He was noted as having particularly bad handwriting. His parents wanted him to pursue a life as a barrister and pushed him to stay in school. He managed to pass his college exams with difficulty. Gandhi was married at thirteen to a fourteen year old cousin in an arranged marriage. They had their first child when he was just fifteen, but it died at only a few days old. He and his wife would go on to have four sons. He went to study law in England, and at twenty-four found himself in South Africa, where he honed his political views and skills. It was here that he developed his belief that humanity and cultural identity went beyond caste or social standing. In 1915, he returned to India and worked toward securing India's independence from England. During this time, Gandhi practiced civil disobedience, and spoke of the importance of nonviolent confrontation. He was able to gain wide support of these practices as a means of furthering the independence cause.

God has no religion.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellowmen.
Mahatma Gandhi

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi

- What do you think of modern civilization?
- I think it would be a good idea.
Journalist, Mahatma Gandhi

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil
it does is permanent.
Mahatma Gandhi

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Mahatma Gandhi

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
Mahatma Gandhi

When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship
of the Creator.
Mahatma Gandhi

I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom.
Mahatma Gandhi 

We have been deceived by the temporary but brillant results achieved by some wars.
Mahatma Gandhi

True beauty after all consists in purity of heart.
Mahatma Gandhi

The culture of the mind must be subservient to the culture of the heart.
Mahatma Gandhi

All communists are not bad, as all Congressmen are not angels. I have, therefore, no
prejudice against communists as such. Their philosophy, as they have declared it to me, I
cannot subscribe to.
Mahatma Gandhi

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.
Mahatma Gandhi

Discontent is a very useful thing. As long as a man is contented with his present lot, so long
is it difficult to persuade him to get out of it. Therefore it is that every reform must be
preceded by discontent.
Mahatma Gandhi

Knowledge which stops at the head and does not penetrate into the heart is of but little use
in the critical times of living experience.
Mahatma Gandhi

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Mahatma Gandhi

When Americans come and ask me what service they can render, I tell them: If you dangle
your millions before us, you will make beggars of us and demoralize us. But in one thing I do
not mind being a beggar. I would beg of you your scientific talent. You can ask your
engineers and agricultural experts to place their services at our disposal. They must not come
to us as our lords and masters but as voluntary workers.
Mahatma Gandhi

Speed is not the end of life. Man sees more and lives more truly by walking to his duty.
Mahatma Gandhi

Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
Mahatma Gandhi

One's faith in one's plans and methods is truly tested when the horizon before one is the
blackest.
Mahatma Gandhi

Man will ever remain imperfect, and it will always be his part to try to be perfect. Perfection
in love or non-possession will remain an unattainable ideal as long as we are alive, but
towards which we must ceaselessly strive.
Mahatma Gandhi

Hatred injures the hater, never the hated.
Mahatma Gandhi

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.
Mahatma Gandhi

A man is but a product of his thoughts; what he thinks, that he becomes.
Mahatma Gandhi

Live simply, that others may simply live.
Mahatma Gandhi

A "No" uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a "Yes" merely to please, or worse,
to avoid trouble.
Mahatma Gandhi

I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one's self-respect.
Mahatma Gandhi

Fearlessness is the first requisite of spirituality. Cowards can never be moral.
Mahatma Gandhi

Disease increases in proportion to the increase in the number of doctors in a place.
Mahatma Gandhi

We have had saints who have worn out their bodies, and laid down their lives in order to
explore the secrets of the soul.
Mahatma Gandhi

There 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 themselves.
Mahatma Gandhi

The true education of the child begins from the very moment of its birth. The rudiments of
knowledge are imbibed almost in the course of play.
Mahatma Gandhi

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