Only By Love – 20 quotes from Mahatma Gandhi – Gandhi on Non-Violence edited by Thomas Merton

by Mark Votava

41wkvsNdpfL._SX301_BO1,204,203,200_1. An inseparable part of our very being

“Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.  Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being.”

2. There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence

“The power at the disposal of a non-violent person is always greater than he would have if he were violent.  There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.”

3. The eternal law of love

“Jesus lived and died in vain if He did not teach us to regulate the whole of life by the eternal law of love.”

4. Oversweep the world

“My optimism rests on my belief in the infinite possibilities of the individual to develop non-violence.  The more you develop it in your own being, the more infectious it becomes till it overwhelms your surroundings and by and by might oversweep the world.”

5. Transformation of relationships

“A non-violent revolution is not a program of seizure of power.  It is a program of transformation of relationships, ending in a peaceful transfer of power.”

6. Non-violence will prevail

“Non-violence will prevail – whatever man may or may not do…  It will have its way and overcome all obstacles irrespective of the shortcomings of the instruments.”

7. Hatred can be overcome only by love

“Mankind has to get out of violence only through non-violence.  Hatred can be overcome only by love.  Counter-hatred only increases the surface as well as the depth of hatred.”

8. Follow your own inner voice

“I ask nobody to follow me.  Everyone should follow his own inner voice.”

9. What we do in the present

“The future will depend on what we do in the present.”

10. Non-cooperation with everything humiliating

“The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.”

11. Unless now the world adopts non-violence

“Unless now the world adopts non-violence, it will spell certain suicide for mankind.”

12. Cowardice is wholly inconsistent with non-violence

“Non-violence is not a cover for cowardice, but it is the supreme virtue of the brave…  Cowardice is wholly inconsistent with non-violence…”

13. Jesus was the most active resister

“Jesus was the most active resister known perhaps to history.  This was non-violence par excellence.”

14. Hatred will die

“If we remain non-violent, hatred will die as everything does, from disuse.”

15. Non-violence has to be practiced

“Non-violence cannot be preached.  It has to be practiced.”

16. Grow from failure to success

“Nobody can practice perfect non-violence…  We may not be perfect in our use of it, but we definitely discard the use of violence and grow from failure to success.”

17. Treat every human being as equal

“It is time white men learned to treat every human being as their equal.”

18. A living faith in God

“Non-violence succeeds only when we have a living faith in God.”

19. A reformer has to sail not with the current

“A reformer has to sail not with the current.  Very often he has to go against it even though it may cost him his life.”

20. Liberty becomes a mockery

“The cause of liberty becomes a mockery if the price to be paid is the wholesale destruction of those who are to enjoy liberty.”

Which quotes do you like the best?

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