have no message to give except this: that there is no deliverance for
any people on this earth or for all the people of this earth except through
truth and nonviolence in every walk of life without any exceptions."
- Collected Works, Vol. 65, June 1937
"I claim to be no more than an average person with less than average
ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that anyone can achieve what
I have, if that person would make the same effort and cultivate the same
hope and faith."
- Autobiography, 1936
"God is the greatest democrat the world knows, for God leaves us
"unfettered" to make our own choice between evil and good."
- Collected Works, Vol. 26, March 1925
"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 and democracy?"
"I am endeavoring to see God through service
of humanity, for I know that God is neither in heaven, nor down below,
but in everyone."
- Collected Works, Vol. 33, August 1927
"I believe in the fundamental truth of all
great religions of the world. I believe they are all God-given,
and I believe that they were necessary for the people to whom these religions
were revealed. And I believe that, if only we could all of us read the
scriptures of different faiths from the standpoint of the followers of
those faiths, we should find that they were at the bottom all one and
were helpful to one another."
- Collected Works, Vol. 57, February 1934
"Times change and systems decay. ... Nineteen hundred years ago,
Christianity was born. ... His teaching was misunderstood even during
his own time, and today's Christianity is a denial
of his central teaching, "Love your enemy." ... Six centuries
rolled by and Islam appeared on the scene. Many Muslims will not even
allow me to say that Islam, as the word implies, is unadulterated peace.
My reading of the Koran has convinced me that the
basis of Islam is not violence. ... I am convinced that both of
these great faiths will live only to the extent that their followers imbibe
the central teaching of nonviolence."
- Collected Works, Vol. 68, October-November 1938
"Nonviolence is the greatest force humanity has been endowed with.
Truth is the only goal humanity has. For
God is none other than Truth."
- Collected Works, Vol. 31, July 1926
"I believe that the religion of nonviolence springs from the fact
that the advancement of one promotes the advancement
of all, and the fall of one implies the fall of all. We have therefore
been enjoined to show compassion to every living being."
- Collected Works, Vol. 24, August 1927
Find out more! Links:
Read more about Gandhi here, chosen as one of Time's 100 most influential people of the twentieth century (one of the final three - beat out by Einstein!)
The Official Mahatma Gandhi
eArchive & Reference Library
Amazingly thorough site - 114 books and 456 photos!
"Dear Jesse, I saw your website
and am very impressed by it."
- Arun Gandhi
Founder and President
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Grandson of Mohandas Gandhi
June 30, 1947
- Albert Einstein
March 31, 1930
January 5, 1931
The photo of Gandhiji's tomb on the left is by
Barbara Walker on her recent trip to India!