We can’t encourage narrow mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought.
The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down.
A theory must be tempered with reality.
Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.
Topics: History, Independence, Change
Great causes and little men go ill together.
The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly.
It is the habit of every aggressor nation to claim that it is acting on the defensive.
A language is something infinitely greater than grammar and philology. It is the poetic testament of the genius of a race and a culture, and the living embodiment of the thoughts and fancies that have moulded them.
The ideals and objectives of yesterday was still ideals of today, but they lost some of their luster and even, as one seemed to go towards them, they lost the shining beauty which had warmed the heart and vitalized the body. Evil triumphed often enough, but what was far worse was the coarsening and distortion of what seemed so right. Was human nature so essentially bad that it would take ages of training, through suffering and misfortune, before it could behave reasonably and raise man above the creature of lust and violence and deceit that he now was? And, meanwhile, was every effort to change radically in the present or the near future doomed to failure.
There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear.
It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.
The man who has gotten everything he wants is all in favor of peace and order.
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
Topics: Beauty, Adventure
Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
Topics: Serenity, Peace
Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
The purely agitation attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.
I think the years I have spent in prison have been the most formative and important in my life because of the discipline, the sensations, but chiefly the opportunity to think clearly, to try to understand things.
Topics: Adversity, Difficulties
A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.
The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.
Most of us seldom take the trouble to think. It is a troublesome and fatiguing process and often leads to uncomfortable conclusions. But crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.
Topics: Crises, Strength
Citizenship consists in the service of the country
Those who are prepared to die for any cause are seldom defeated.
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