I care so deeply about this matter that I’m willing to take on the legal penalties, to sit in this prison cell, to sacrifice my freedom, in order to show you how deeply I care. Because when you see the depth of my concern, and how “civil” I am in going about this, you’re bound to change your mind about me, to abandon your rigid, unjust position, and to let me help you see the truth of my cause.
Before you do anything, stop and recall the face of the poorest most helpless destitute person you have seen and ask yourself, “Is what I am about to do going to help him?”
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.
We must become the change we want to see in the world.
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Be the planetary citizen you want everyone else to be.
We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
Action expresses priorities.
For me the present is merged in eternity. I may not sacrifice the latter for the present.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
Consciously or unconsciously, everyone of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.
I claim to be an average man of less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
I claim to be no more than an average person with less than average ability. I have not the shadow of doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
A person who is worried about the outcome of his work does not see his goal; he sees only his opposition and the obstacles before him.
Service that is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures as possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.
A true soldier does not argue as he marches, how success is going to be ultimately achieved. But he is confident that if he only plays his humble part well, somehow or other the battle will be won. In is that spirit that every one of us should act. It is not given to us to know the future. But it is given to everyone of us to know how to do our own part well.
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