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Quotes on Courage

A “no” uttered from the deepest conviction is better and greater than a “yes” merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because it is the quality that guarantees all others.

— Winston Churchill

One man with courage makes a majority.

— Andrew Jackson

Some people mistake weakness for tact. If they are silent when they ought to speak and so feign an agreement they do not feel, they call it being tactful. Cowardice would be a much better name. Tact is an active quality that is not exercised by merely making a dash for cover. Be sure, when you think you are being extremely tactful, that you are not in reality running away from something you ought to face.

— Sir Frank Medlicott

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

— Mark Twain

It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or the doer of deeds could have them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the Arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but he who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat.

— Teddy Roosevelt

If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I’d still swim. And I’d despise the one who gave up.

— Abraham Maslow
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Quotes on History

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.

— Winston Churchill

The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.

— Charles-Louis De Secondat

If we’re ignorant of the historical sacrifices that made our liberties possible, we will be less likely to make the sacrifices again so that those liberties are preserved for future generations. And, if we’re ignorant, we won’t even know when government infringes on our liberties. Moreover, we’ll happily cast our votes for those who’d destroy our liberties.

— Walter E. Williams

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.

— Stephen Ambrose

The history of the world is but the biography of heroes.

— Thomas Carlyle

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.

— Baruch Spinoza

Wise men say, and not without reason, that whosoever wished to foresee the future might consult the past.

— Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince

History teaches us many things; we learn very few of them.

— Will Spencer

A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.

— Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.

— Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823, The Complete Jefferson, p322.

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.

— Charles Austin Beard, The Blue Press
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Gandhi Quotes

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was an ideological and political leader of India. Gandhi is also known as “Mahatma” or “Great Soul”. He used non-violent resistance and civil disobedience to stand against tyranny. Mahatma’s philosophy is also known as “Satyagraha”.

Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse, in New Delhi, in 1948. October 2, Gandhi’s birthday is celebrated as the International Day of Non-violence.

Gandhi Quotes

Force, violence, pressure or compulsion with a view to conformity, are both uncivilized and undemocratic.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

I do believe that, where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done, had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908, whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use, and defended me, I told him that it was his duty to defend me even by using violence.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

A “no” uttered from the deepest conviction is better and greater than a “yes” merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Gandhi, An Autobiography (Page 446).

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Noncooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

True morality consists not in following the beaten track, but in finding out the true path for ourselves and fearlessly following it.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

You may think your actions are meaningless and that they won’t help, but that is no excuse, you must still act.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

The state represents violence in a concentrated and organized form.

— Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
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