Quotes by Indian authors


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"One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else's"
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"Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed"
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"Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain"
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"Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man"
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"Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts"
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"Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality"
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"Morality is contraband in war"
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"Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort"
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"Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment"
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"Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature"
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"Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep"
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"Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him"
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"Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment"
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"Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her"
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"It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business"
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"It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence"
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"It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one's belly, in order to be able to save one's head"
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"It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings"
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"Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up"
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"Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit"
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"Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause"
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"Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being"
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"Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands"
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"Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth"
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"I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people"
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"I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality"
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"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent"
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"I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won't presume to probe into the faults of others"
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"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it"
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"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest"
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