Quotes by Gandhi aren’t going to change your life, but some degree of mindfulness is necessary if you want to manage stress in the modern world.
Gandhi just happened to be one of the most mindful and self-aware people to ever walk the planet.
Naturally, his words can inspire mindfulness.
Quotes by Gandhi can also motivate, inspire, and cause you to think about things differently.
The more you think about things differently, the more likely you are to start taking different actions. Over time, taking different actions will change your life.
In a roundabout way, quotes can be an impetus for self improvement and change.
For example, one of my favorite quotes by Gandhi is: “To lose patience is to lose the battle.”
This quote is extremely simple yet so powerful.
How many times have you lost your patience only to regret it after the fact? Has losing your cool ever been worth it in the long run?
Patience doesn’t come naturally to most people. And it’s hard for anyone to remain patient when dealing with a difficult person or situation.
But what does losing patience accomplish?
Usually not much except further frustration and unresolved issues.
The quote can be taken quite literally because you can’t win when you lose patience.
Whenever I feel my patience wearing thin, I can recite those eight words in my head.
It’s a simple reminder of what I’m trying to achieve and I must be more skillful to reach my goal. Losing patience leads to frustration, misunderstandings, and giving up.
The above quote might not have any significance for you, but chances are there are at least a few that will.
Check out the list below and see if some of the quotes by Gandhi resonate with you. If they do, commit them to memory and be sure to draw upon them when needed.
One of them could be just what you need at just the right time to help modify your thinking. Armed with new thoughts, have the courage to act on them and behave differently.
Over time, self improvement and change are inevitable.
50 Quotes by Gandhi to inspire mindfulness
“Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world; but to change ourselves.”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“To lose patience is to lose the battle.”
“Even if the paradise of material satisfactions, which they envisage as their final goal, were realized on earth, it would not bring mankind either contentment or peace.”
“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.”
“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”
“Man’s happiness really lies in contentment. He who is discontented, however much he possesses, becomes a slave to his desires.”
“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”
“Truth is one, paths are many.”
“Doubt is invariably the result of want or weakness of faith.”
“There is force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.”
“Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.”
“There are two days in the year that we can not do anything – yesterday and tomorrow.”
“Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.”
“Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”
“The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.”
“If you take care of your immediate surroundings, the universe will take care of itself.”
“Do not judge others. Be your own judge and you will be truly happy.”
“The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall always see Truth in fragment and from different points of vision.”
“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.”
“A man of few words will rarely be thoughtless in his speech; he will measure every word.”
“Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.”
“Relationships are based on four principles: respect, understanding, acceptance and appreciation.”
“If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.”
“Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love.”
“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day: I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only God, not bear ill will toward anyone, not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.”
“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
“Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”
“There is really no slavery equal to that of the desires. All the sages have declared from the house-tops that man can be his own worst enemy as well as his best friend. To be free or to be a slave lies in his own hands. And what is true for the individual is true for society.”
“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”
“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
“Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.”
“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”
“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”