was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar in Gujarat. After university, he went to London to train as a barrister. He returned to India in 1891 and in 1893 accepted a job at an Indian law firm in Durban, South Africa. Gandhi was appalled by the treatment of Indian immigrants there, and joined the struggle to obtain basic rights for them. During his 20 years in South Africa he was sent to prison many times. Influenced primarily by Hinduism, but also by elements of Jainism and Christianity as well as writers including Tolstoy and Thoreau, Gandhi developed the satyagraha ('devotion to truth'), a new non-violent way to redress wrongs.
Mohandas Gandhi Quotes
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
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.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I don't presume to probe into the faults of others.
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.
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.
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.
I'm a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours. I simply want to please my own conscience, which is God.