26 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Mahatma Gandhi

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Luminita Saviuc | Purpose Fairy

Mahatma Gandhi, one of the many beautiful souls that has inspired and continues to inspire so many of us taught me so many valuable and life changing lessons. And in today’s post, I have gathered some of his most inspiring quotes and compiled them into the 26 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Mahatma Gandhi.

Enjoy!


1. An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

“It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.” 

2. It’s the quality of your life that matters not the speed with which you live.

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”

3. You’ve got to have a sense of humor to keep your sanity.

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

4. Always do the right thing even if nobody is watching.

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

5. Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs.

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”


6. God has no religion.

“God has no religion.”

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

“I believe in the fundamental Truth of all the great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God given. I came to the conclusion long ago… that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them.” 

7. Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.

“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.”

8. Faith is the food of the Soul.

“Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith”

9. Never lose faith in humanity.

“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.”

10. Truth and love always triumphs. 

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.”

11. Be aware of the seven social sins.

“Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.”

12. Let go of worry.

“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”

13. Be the change you want to see in the world. 

“You change your life by changing your heart.”

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

14. Where there is love there will always be peace. 

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”

“I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace.“

“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong”

“I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life.”

15. When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance.

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”

16. Each day you are preparing for your future.

“The future depends on what you do today.”

17. Live each day as if it were your last. 

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”

18. Contrary to what you were lead to believe, forgiveness is not a weakness but a strength.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

19. Love is the strongest force the world possesses.

“Where there is love there is life.”

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”

“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”

20. Nobody can hurt you without your permission.

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”

“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me.”

“The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states.”

21. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective than the one derived from fear.

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.”

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

22. Never betray your true self.

“Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.”

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” 

23. As you think so shall you be. 

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”

“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.”

24. To call woman the weaker sex is a libel.

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?”

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