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.
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.
You may think your actions are meaningless and that they won’t help, but that is no excuse, you must still act.
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.
True morality consists not in following the beaten track, but in finding out the true path for ourselves and fearlessly following it.
Force, violence, pressure or compulsion with a view to conformity, are both uncivilized and undemocratic.
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.
Noncooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
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.
Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
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.
The state represents violence in a concentrated and organized form.