Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, which falls Oct. 2, is celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.

The global icon gave the world the philosophy of non-violence and believed people can achieve freedom only via this path. International Day of Non-Violence was established to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness."

On this occasion, here are a few inspirational quotes by the leader of the Indian independence movement, courtesy Times Now News and Fearless Motivation

  • "Non-violence is the greatest and most active force in the world. One cannot be passively non-violent... One person who can express ahimsa in life exercises a force superior to all the forces of brutality."
  • "Peace is its own reward."
  • "Non-violence is the summit of bravery."
  • "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."
  • "The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating."
  • "A weak man is just by accident. A strong, but non-violent man is unjust by accident."
  • "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."
  • "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems."
  • "If intellect plays a large part in the field of violence, I hold that it plays a larger part in the field of non-violence." 
  • "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."
  • "My faith, in the saying, that what is gained by the sword will also be lost by the sword, is imperishable."
  • "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

mahatma gandhi This photo shows Indian spiritual and political leader Mahatma Gandhi whose fight against violence led to India's independence from British rule in 1947. Photo: Getty Images