Today, 2nd of October, is Gandhi’s birthday. It’s also celebrated as a national holiday in India, and since 2007, the UN has decided that it is the International Day of Non-Violence.
Though I’ve always known of Gandhi, and admired him from a “distance”, I haven’t really known much about him. Sure, I’d watched the movie (twice even, I think), but it was in school, and the movie is long, and, a bit old. (I’m not so good with the long, older movies, I tend to lose focus). So I decided to take this opportunity, to learn a bit more about Gandhi, and to share it with you guys!
- “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall – think of it, always.”
- “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?” (How true! Especially relevant today, when so many atrocities are done precisely in the name of liberty and democracy!)
- “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”
- “There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.”
- “As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious. There is no such thing as religion over-riding morality. Man, for instance, cannot be untruthful, cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side.”
- “The sayings of Muhammad are a treasure of wisdom, not only for Muslims but for all of mankind.”
- “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
- “God has no religion.”
- “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
- “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”