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Happy Birthday Mahatma Gandhi!

by anti-war Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2001 at 7:44 PM

Quotes from Mahatma Gandhi plus an essay by Nelson Mandela on Gandhi. Visit the official Mahatma Gandhi Website in India!

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Mahatma Gandhi was born Oct.2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. To celebrate Gandhiji's Birthday... here are some delightful quotes from the master of non-Violence.

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.

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The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

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When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.

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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

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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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Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.

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Poverty is the worst form of violence.

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If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake.

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Nelson Mandela wrote an essay about Gandhi entitled "Sacred Warrior." Excerpts from that essay follow, but you can read Mandela's full essay at the following URL;

http://www.time.com/time/time100/poc/magazine/the_sacred_warrior13a.html

India is Gandhi's country of birth; South Africa his country of adoption. He was both an Indian and a South African citizen. Both countries contributed to his intellectual and moral genius, and he shaped the liberatory movements in both colonial theaters. He is the archetypal anticolonial revolutionary. His strategy of noncooperation, his assertion that we can be dominated only if we cooperate with our dominators, and his nonviolent resistance inspired anticolonial and antiracist movements internationally in our century.

Both Gandhi and I suffered colonial oppression, and both of us mobilized our respective peoples against governments that violated our freedoms.

The Gandhian influence dominated freedom struggles on the African continent right up to the 1960s because of the power it generated and the unity it forged among the apparently powerless. Nonviolence was the official stance of all major African coalitions, and the South African A.N.C. remained implacably opposed to violence for most of its existence.

Gandhi remained committed to nonviolence; I followed the Gandhian strategy for as long as I could, but then there came a point in our struggle when the brute force of the oppressor could no longer be countered through passive resistance alone. We founded Unkhonto we Sizwe and added a military dimension to our struggle. Even then, we chose sabotage because it did not involve the loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. Militant action became part of the African agenda officially supported by the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U.) following my address to the Pan-African Freedom Movement of East and Central Africa (PAFMECA) in 1962, in which I stated, "Force is the only language the imperialists can hear, and no country became free without some sort of violence."

Gandhi himself never ruled out violence

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