Where This Meets That
As far as I am concerned, Mohandas Gandhi is perhaps the most quotable intellectual who ever lived. If you’re a fan, I highly recommend keeping a copy of Gandhi on Non-Violence, a compendium of Gandhi quotes assembled by Thomas Merton, lying around. I draw today’s Friday Five lesser-known Gandhi quotes from that book.
Selections from Gandhi’s Non-Violence in Peace and War
“All society is held together by non-violence, even as the earth is held in her position by gravitation. But when the law of gravitation was discovered the discovery yielded results of which our ancestors had no knowledge. Even so when society is deliberately constructed in accordance with the law of non-violence, its structure will be different in material particulars from what it is today. . . . What is happening today is disregard of the law of non-violence and enthronement of violence as if it were an eternal law.” – Vol. I-198
“Non-violence is the greatest and most active force in the world. One cannot be passively non-violent. . . . One person who can express ahimsa [non-violence] in life exercises a force superior to all the forces of brutality.” – I-113
“Cowardice is impotence worse than violence. The coward desires revenge but being afraid to die, he looks to others, maybe to the government of the day, to do the work of defense for him. A coward is less than a man. He does not deserve to be a member of a society of men and women.” – II-148
“Self-respect and honor cannot be protected by others. They are for each individual himself or herself to guard.” – I-260
“Just as one must learn the art of killing in the training for violence, so one must learn the art of dying in the training for non-violence.” – I-335
“The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. He frees himself and shows the way to others. Freedom and slavery are mental states. Therefore, the first thing is to say to yourself, “I shall no longer accept the role of a slave. I shall not obey orders as such but shall disobey when they are in conflict with my conscience.” The so-called master may lash you and try to force you to serve him. You will say, “No, I will not serve you for your money or under a threat.” This may mean suffering. Your readiness to suffer will light the torch of freedom which can never be put out.” – II-10
Oops, that’s 6! Some limits simply must be breached. 🙂
Have a great weekend, Everybody!