Nonviolence

Ahimsa
Ahimsa is the highest ideal. It is meant for the brave, never for the cowardly T-7-128.
Ahimsa is the eradication of the desire to injure or to kill.XIV-463
Ahimsa is not a matter of mere dietetics: it transcends it.MM-117
Ahimsa is the highest duty. Even if we cannot practice it in full, we must try to understand its spirit and refrain as far as is humanly possible from violence. T-7-61
Ahimsa means infinite love, which again means infinite capacity for suffering. MM-295
Ahimsa is an attribute of the brave. Cowardice and ahimsa don’t go together any more than water and fire. T-5-83
Ahimsa in theory no one knows. It is as indefinable as God.T-5-248
The highest religion has been defined by a negative word: ahimsa. MM-425
Ahimsa is one of the world’s great principles, which no power on earth can wipe out.MM-147
Dharma is one and one only. Ahimsa means moksha, and moksha is the realization of Truth.MOG-117
Love and ahimsa are matchless in their effect. TIG-57
Love in the sense of ahimsa has only a limited number of votaries in the world. T-3-144
Ahimsa is the attribute of the soul, and therefore, to be practised by everybody in all the affairs of life. MM-24
Ahimsa is the strongest force known. T-5-307
Ahimsa is the height of Kshatriya dharma as it represents the climax of fearlessness. XXV-563
The fullest application of ahimsa does make life impossible. XXVI-335
The most distinctive and largest contribution of Hinduism to India’s culture is the doctrine of ahimsa. T-2-341
True ahimsa should mean a complete freedom from ill-will and anger and hate and an overflowing love for all. T-2-318
Ahimsa and love are one and the same thing. TIG-19
Ahimsa and Truth are so intertwined that it is practically impossible to disentangle and separate them. TIG-37
Ahimsa is my God, and Truth is my God. MM-24
Truth and ahimsa will never be destroyed.T-5-245
The principle of ahimsa is hurt by every evil thought, by undue haste, by lying, by hatred, by wishing ill to anybody. TIG-36
Ahimsa calls for the strength and courage to suffer without retaliation, to receive blows without returning any. T-7-75
Ahimsa can be practiced only towards those that are inferior to you in every way. XIV-463
Ahimsa was preached to man when he was in full vigor of life and able to look his adversaries straight in the face. XIV-476
The greater the realization of truth and ahimsa, the greater the illumination. XXV-521
The path of Truth is as narrow as it is straight. Even so is that of ahimsa. TIG-36
Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with ahimsa, reject as non-Hindu. XXVI-374
The removal of untouchability is one of the highest expressions of ahimsa. T-4-239
Cow-protection can only be secured by cultivating universal friendliness, i.e. ahimsa. XXV-520
Ahimsa is a science. The word ‘failure’ has no place in the vocabulary of science. T-5-81
Ahimsa magnifies one’s own defects, and minimizes those of the opponent. It regards the mole in one’s own eye as a beam and the beam in the opponent’s eye as a mole. T-5-91
Ahimsa must be placed before everything else while it is professed. Then alone it becomes irresistible. T-5-127
Ahimsa must express itself through acts of selfless service of the masses. T-5-81
Ahimsa is no mere theory with me, but it is a fact of life based on extensive experience. T-7-402
My ahimsa is my own. I am not able to accept in its entirety the doctrine of non-killing of animals. MM-429
What is it but my ahimsa that draws thousands of women to me in fearless confidence? T-5-291
Truth is my religion and ahimsa is the only way of its realization. T-4-250
Truth and ahimsa demand that no human being may debar himself from serving any other human being, no matter how sinful he may be. XXVI-374
One who hooks his fortune to ahimsa, the law of love, daily lessens the circle of destruction and to that extent promotes life and love. T-4-33
My anekantavada is the result of the twin doctrines of satya and ahimsa. TIG-12
When two nations are fighting, the duty of a votary of ahimsa is to stop the war. TIG-40
My ahimsa would not tolerate the idea of giving a free meal to a healthy person who has not worked for it in some honest way. MM-194
Ahimsa and Truth are my two lungs. I cannot live without them. MM-425
My errors have been errors of calculation and judging men, not in appreciating the true nature of truth and ahimsa or in their application. T-2-204
Indeed, these errors and my prompt confessions have made me surer, if possible, of my insight into the implications of truth and ahimsa. T-2-204
All my experiments in Ahimsa have taught me that nonviolence in practice means common labour with the body. T-5-225
Whatever strength the masses have is due entirely to ahimsa, however imperfect or defective its practice might have been. T-7-147
True ahimsa should wear a smile even on a deathbed brought about by an assailant. It is only with that ahimsa that we can befriend our opponents and win their love. T-5-243
If our ahimsa is not of the brave but of the weak, and if it will bend the knee before himsa, Gandhism deserves to be destroyed. T-5-242
The alphabet of ahimsa is best learnt in domestic school and I can say from experience that if we secure success there, we are sure to do so everywhere else. T-5-304
A votary of ahimsa always prays for ultimate deliverance from the bondage of the flesh. MM-425
A steadfast pursuit of ahimsa is inevitably bound to truth-not violence. MM-118
I see a clear breach of ahimsa even in driving away monkeys; the breach would be proportionately greater if they have to be killed. T-2-322
A votary of ahimsa cannot subscribe to the utilitarian formula (of the greatest good of the greatest number). He will strive for the greatest good of all and die in the attempt to realize that ideal. TIG-139
Woman is the incarnation of ahimsa. (Ahimsa means infinite love, which again means infinite capacity for suffering.) T-5-227
Woman is more fitted than man to make explorations and take bolder action in ahimsa. MM-294
Unless the charkha adds to your ahimsa and makes you stronger every day, your Gandhism is of little avail.T-5-242
Khadi has been conceived as the foundation and the image of ahimsa. A real khadi-wearer will not utter an untruth. A real khadi-wearer will harbour no violence, no deceit, no impurity.T-4-21
In Swaraj, based on ahimsa, people need not know their rights, but it is also necessary for them to know their duties. MM-135
No power on earth can subjugate you when you are armed with the sword of ahimsa. It ennobles both the victor and the vanquished. T-7-11
The votary of ahimsa has only one fear, that is, of God. MM-12
A votary of ahimsa must cultivate the habit of unremitting toil, sleepless vigilance, ceaseless self-control. T-5-80
It is against the spirit of ahimsa to overawe even one person into submission. T-7-388
The richest grace of ahimsa will descend easily upon the owner of hard discipline. MM-127
Love, otherwise ahimsa, sustains this planet of ours. MM-127
In an atmosphere of ahimsa, one has no scope to put his ahimsa to the test. It can be tested only in the face of himsa. T-5-90
A soldier fights with an irresistible strength when he has blown up his bridges and burnt his boats. Even so, it is with a soldier of ahimsa. T-5-127
Man lives freely by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him. MM-122
The strength to kill is not essential for self-defence; one ought to have the strength to die. T-3-3
If the lambs of the world had been willingly led, they would have long ago saved themselves from the butcher’s knife. T-2-52
If the circulation of blood theory could not have been discovered without vivisection, the human kind could well have done without it. MM-426
The scriptures of Christians, Mussalmans and Hindus are all replete with the teaching of ahimsa. XXV-521
By ahimsa we will be able to save the cow and also win the friendship of the English. XXV-520

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