October 2 is Gandhi’s birthday! Illustrate a quote from Gandhi for display (including the handout you will receive this week).
Size: 8 - 9" high
11 - 14" wide
"Individual liberty and interdependence are both essential for life in society."
"It is beneath human dignity to lose one's individuality and become a mere cog in the machine. "
"The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice' within."
"All is well with you even though everything seems to go dead wrong, if you are square with yourself. Reversely, all is not well with you although everything outwardly may seem to go right, if you are not square with yourself."
"Does not the history of the world show that there would have been no romance in life if there had been no risks?"
"The goal ever recedes from us- The greater the progress the greater the recognition of our unworthiness Satisfaction lies in 'he effort, not in the attainment of full victory.
"We notice (love) between father and son, between brother and sister, friend and friend. But we have to learn to use that force among all that lives, and in the use of it consists our knowledge of God. Where there is love there is life; hatred leads to destruction."
"Love is a rare herb that makes a friend even of a sworn enemy and this herb grows out of nonviolence. "
"The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children. "
"I hold myself to be incapable of hating any being on earth. By a long course of prayerful discipline, I have ceased for over forty years to hate anybody. I know this is a big claim. Nevertheless, I make it in all humility."
"Absolute calm is not the law of ocean. And it is the same with the ocean of life."
"It does not require money to be neat, clean and dignified. "
"Chastity is not a hothouse growth. "
"Chastity is one of the greatest disciplines without which the mind cannot attain requisite firmness. "
"I do not believe. . . that an individual may gain spiritually while those who surround him suffer. I believe in advaita, believe in the essential unity of man and for that matter, of all
"To a true artist only that face is beautiful which, quite apart from its exterior, shines with the truth within the soul."
"Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state."
"Learning takes us through many stages in life but it fails us utterly In the hours of danger and temptation. "
Whenever you are I n doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, try the following expedient: Recall the face of the poorest and most helpless man you have ever seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he be able to gain anything by it? Will it restore to him control over his own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to. . . self-rule for the hungry and spiritually starved millions of our countrymen? Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away."
"Democracy, disciplined and enlightened, is the finest thing in the world."
"My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest should have the same opportunity as the strongest. "
"The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or popular. "
"In my humble opinion, non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. "
"Nonviolence and cowardice go ill together. I can imagine a fully armed man to be at heart a coward. Possession of arms implies an element of fear, if not cowardice. But true nonviolence is an impossibility without the possession of unadulterated fearlessness. "
"Nonviolence should never be used as a shield for cowardice. It is a weapon for the brave."
"I see neither bravery nor sacrifice in destroying life or property for offence or defense."
"It is no nonviolence if we merely love those that love us. It is nonviolence only when we love those that hate us. I know how difficult it is to follow this grand law of love. But are not all great and good things difficult to do? Love of the hater is the most difficult of all. But by the grace of God even this most difficult thing becomes easy to accomplish if we want to do It.
"Disobedience, to be civil, implies discipline, thought, care, attention."
"Civil disobedience is the inherent right of a citizen. He dare not give it up without ceasing to be a man. Civil disobedience is never followed by anarchy. Criminal disobedience can lead to it. Every state puts down criminal disobedience by force. It perishes, if it does not. But to put down civil disobedience is to attempt to imprison conscience.
"Nonviolence succeeds only when we have a real living faith in God."
"I do not believe in short-violent-cuts to success. . . However much I may sympathize with and admire worthy motives, I am an uncompromising opponent of violent methods even to serve the noblest of causes. . . Experience convinces me that permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence."
"It (Satyagraha) is a force that may be used by individuals as well as by communities. It may be used as well in political as in domestic affairs. Its universal applicability is a demonstration of its permanence and invincibility. It can be used alike by men, women and children. It is totally untrue to say that it is a force to be used only by the weak so long as they are not capable of meeting violence by violence."
"In this age of wonders no one will say that a thing or an idea is worthless because it is new. To say it is impossible because it is difficult, is again not in consonance with the spirit of the age. Things undreamt of are daily being seen, the impossible is ever becoming possible. We are constantly being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence. But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence."
"Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."
"We have to make truth and nonviolence not matters for mere individual practice but for practice by groups and communities and nations. That at any rate is my dream. I shall live and die in trying to realize it. My faith helps me to discover new truths every day."
"Religion is the tie that binds one to one's Creator, and whilst the body perishes, as it has to, religion persists even after death."
"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."
"I do not believe that the spiritual law works on a field of its own. On the contrary, it expresses itself only through the ordinary activities of life. It thus affects the economic, the social and the political fields."
"Religions are different roads converging upon the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads so long as we reach the same goal?"
"Do not worry in the least about yourself, leave all worry to God,'-this appears to be the commandment in all religions.
"This need not frighten anyone. He who devotes himself to service with a clear conscience, will day by day grasp the necessity for it in greater measure, and will continually grow richer in faith. The path of service can hardly be trodden by one who is not prepared to renounce self-interest, and to recognize the conditions of his birth. Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make not only for our own happiness but that of the world at large."
"If we will take care of today, God will take care of the morrow."
"The truth is that God is the force. He is the essence of life. He is pure and undefiled consciousness. He is eternal."
"It is the acid test of nonviolence that in a nonviolent conflict there is no rancor left behind and, in the end, the enemies are converted into friends. That was my experience in South Africa with General Smuts.* He started with being my bitterest opponent and critic. Today he is my warmest friend. . ."
"This is in essence the principle of nonviolent non-cooperation. It follows therefore that it must have its root in love. Its object should not be to punish the opponent or to inflict injury upon him. Even while non-cooperating with him, we must make him feel that in us he has a friend and we should try to reach his heart by rendering him humanitarian service whenever possible. "
"That is the beauty of satyagraha. It comes up to oneself, one has not to go out in search for it. "
"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."
"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 the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening."
"A man who throws himself on God ceases to fear man. "
"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."
"I believe in God, not as a theory but as a fact more real than that of life itself."
"If we have listening ears, God speaks to us in our own language, whatever that language be. "
"The Bible is as much a book of religion with me as the Gita and the Koran."
"The goal ever recedes from us. The greater the progress the greater the recognition of our unworthiness. Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory."
"True knowledge gives a moral standing and moral strength."
"To call women the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to women .11
"The wife is not the husband's bondslave but his companion and his help-mate and an equal partner in all his joys and sorrows-as free as the husband to choose her own path."
"You will guard your wife's honor and be not her master, but her true friend. You will hold her body and her soul as sacred as I trust she will hold your body and your soul. To that end you will have to live a life of prayerful toll, and simplicity and self-restraint. Let not either of you regard another as the object of his or her lust. "