It’s been more than 70 years since Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in Delhi, but long after his death, the Indian revolutionary is still considered to be one of the world’s most influential leaders. The peaceful trailblazer is most known for his efforts during the Indian Independence Movement – which led to a Britain-free India in 1947 – and it is on his birthday when fans and followers of Mahatma, or great soul, remember him the most.
If Gandhi were still alive, India’s preeminent leader would have been 147 years old Sunday. To this day, many people still follow the teachings of Gandhi. His practice of nonviolent protest inspired American revolutionary leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Celebrate Gandhi’s 147th birthday and check out some of his most inspiring quotes below.
1. "My life is my message."
2. "Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary."
3. "The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority."
4. "A man of truth must also be a man of care."
5. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
6. “'Hate the sin and not the sinner' is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world."
7. "Truth never damages a cause that is just."
8. "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."
9. “Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.”
10. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”