(47) 10 Mahatma Gandhi Quotes That Will Shape You Better During These Times

Strengthen yourself when the world feels weak

Photo on Unsplash by Ishant Mishra

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, widely known as Mahatma Gandhi was born in 1869 in Porbandar — a state-based in Gujarat. Gandhiji left an impact and mark on this planet through his persistence promotion of non-violence that he portrayed with uttermost patience.

‘Bapu’ which translates as ‘Father of the nation’, always hesitated to talk in front of large audiences and once even left a courtroom in a state of panic when he initially started his career as a young lawyer. Albeit the fact that he was uncomfortable in crowds, Gandhiji stood out with his calm, serene and empathetical voice.

He didn’t let his fears overcome him, implementing his choice of using fewer words he made an even bigger impact back then, and he still continues to do so.

1. “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.We need not wait to see what others do”

In a political world like ours, we sometimes seek for others to make the right decision first so we can follow them, often forgetting that the choice is ours. If we want to do something good that hasn’t been done before, we need not wait for someone else to make the first move, rather own our decisions.

2. “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes”

Captivity of negative thoughts seems to be done more often than positive thoughts, why? Because it’s so much easier than looking on the bright side, thinking about the positive aspect would mean a difficult road. a

3. “Nobody can hurt me without my permission”

Much too often we radiate dislike and disconnection towards someone whose hurt our feelings, but why do we overlook that we chose to get hurt by their words or actions. We have a choice as humans, we choose to get hurt, to feel sad or even to feel content.

4. “Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress”

Its definitely going to be difficult to implement at the start but being honest with yourself is the first key to discipline and pure ethics, don’t give false hopes to those around you and yourself.

5. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”

When can we say that we are procrastinating? It’s as simple as we know what to do, we know that it is crucial for us to do it but nevertheless, when it comes to action, we slack and suddenly everything we planned for is all in the water.

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

There is never going to be a time, ever, in your life that you can say that ‘I know all’. Especially amidst these times where we have the privilege of being home and working on ourselves, find something new to explore and venture onto, no skill is ever too small or big.

7. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes”

If you have never made a mistake in your entire life are you saying you never tried something new?

8. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world”

Gandhiji carried out what he said, he didn’t use weapons or start wars to voice his thoughts — it was all in the power of words. 24 characters sentenced up in the right way and he moved millions onto the path of non-violence and righteousness.

9. “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”

Gandhiji confided in himself and the path he had taken, he believed that the first person to have trust in him is himself. We often are captives of our own judgement and criticism, instead of understanding it as a learning curve, we rather let it affect us negatively.

10. “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it”

In theory its as simple as the journey that we enjoy than the joy of reaching the destination itself.

Photo on Unsplash by Mick Haupt

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