Updated: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:45:00 GMT

Capital is not evil, thus spake the Mahatma

Here are some famous quotes of Gandhiji on various issues


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Capital is not evil, thus spake the Mahatma (© AP)

Gandhi on corruption

1. Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
2.I can retain neither respect nor affection for a government which has been moving from wrong to wrong in order to defend its immorality.
3.Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today.
4.All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.
5.There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.
6.You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Gandhi on public affairs/ public life

1.Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
2.Be the change you want to see in this world.
3.A Government that is evil has no room for good men and women except in its prisons.
4.Everything is done openly and aboveboard, for truth hates secrecy.
5.Good government is no substitute for self-government.
6.I believe that no government can exist for a single moment without the cooperation of the people, willing or forced, and if people suddenly withdraw their cooperation in every detail, the government will come to a standstill.
7.Rights that do not flow directly from duty well performed are not worth having.
8.The best politics is right action.
9.We may attack measures and systems. We may not, we must not, attack people. Imperfect ourselves, we must be tender toward others and slow to impute their motives.
10. A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.
11.For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
12.I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
13.Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.

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