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Mohandas Gandhi
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Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.

   

God is the hardest taskmaster I have known on this earth, and he tries you through and through.  And when you find that your faith is failing or your body is failing you, and you are sinking, he comes to your assistance somehow or other and proves to you that you must not lose your faith and that he is always at your beck and call, but on his terms, not on your terms.  So I have found.  I cannot really recall a single instance when, at the eleventh hour, he has forsaken me.

      
People often become what they believe themselves to be.  If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, 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.
  
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards him- or herself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
  
  
It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important.  You have to do the right thing.  It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit.  But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing.  You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
   

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.  Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.  Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits.  Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.  Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
  
I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.

     

They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.

   

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There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has
any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.

   

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean;
if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

   

Prayer is not asking.  It is a longing of the soul.  It is daily
admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have
a heart without words than words without a heart.

   
    
Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in 1869 to Hindu parents in the state of Gujarat in Western India.  He entered an arranged marriage with Kasturbai Makanji when both were 13 years old.  His family later sent him to London to study law, and in 1891 he was admitted to the Inner Temple, and called to the bar.  In Southern Africa he worked ceaselessly to improve the rights of the immigrant Indians.  It was there that he developed his creed of passive resistance against injustice, satyagraha, meaning truth force, and was frequently jailed as a result of the protests that he led.

Before he returned to India with his wife and children in 1915, he had radically changed the lives of Indians living in Southern Africa.  Back in India, it was not long before he was taking the lead in the long struggle for independence from Britain.  He never wavered in his unshakable belief in nonviolent protest and religious tolerance.  When Muslim and Hindu compatriots committed acts of violence, whether against the British who ruled India, or against each other, he fasted until the fighting ceased.

Independence, when it came in 1947, was not a military victory, but a triumph of human will.  To Gandhi's despair, however, the country was partitioned into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan.  The last two months of his life were spent trying to end the appalling violence which ensued, leading him to fast to the brink of death, an act which finally quelled the riots.  In January 1948, at the age of 79, he was killed by an assassin as he walked through a crowed garden in New Delhi to take evening prayers.

  

  

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