- India must learn to live before she can aspire to die for humanity.
- India is essentially a karmabhumi (Land of duty) in contradistinction to bhogabhumi (Land of enjoyment).
- India has the right, if she only knew, of becoming the predominant partner by reason of her numbers, geographical position and culture inherited for ages.
- India has an unbroken tradition of nonviolence from time immemorial.
- India must protect her primary industries even as a mother protects her children against the whole world without being hostile to it.
- India as a nation can live and die only for the spinning wheel.
- India will not be a helpless partner in her own exploitation and foreign domination.
- India unarmed would not require to be destroyed through poison gas or bombardment.
- India is one vast prison with high walls of suppression clothing her mind and her body.
- India is less manly under the British rule than she ever was before.
- If there ever is to be a republic of every village in India, then I claim verity for my picture in which the last is equal to the first or, in other words, no one is to be the first and none the last.
- An India awakened and free has a message of peace and goodwill to a groaning world.
- An India prostrate at the feet of Europe can give no hope to humanity.
- An India free from exploitation from within and without must prosper with astonishing rapidity.
- For India free from exploitation from within and without must prosper with astonishing rapidity.
- For India to enter into the race for armaments is to court suicide.
- If India is not to declare spiritual bankruptcy, religious instruction of its youth must be held to be at least as necessary as secular instruction.
- If India takes up the doctrine of sword, she may gain momentary victory. Then India will cease to be the pride of my heart.
- On India rests the burden of pointing the way to all the exploited races of the earth.
- If India becomes the slave of the machine, then, I say, heaven save the world.
- India's freedom must revolutionize the world's outlook upon Peace and War.
- India's freedom will not be won by violence but only by the purest suffering without retaliation.
- In India there is a common saying that the way to Swaraj is through Mandalay.*
*Mandalay in Burma where Indian leaders goaled by British authorities were kept in the old palace serving as goal. Lokmanya B. G. Tilak was imprisoned at Mandalay during 1908 – 14.
- India's acceptance of the doctrine of the sword will be the hour of my trial.
- India's coming to her own will mean every nation doing likewise.
- India's way is not Europe's. India is not Calcutta and Bombay. India lives in her seven hundred thousand villages.
- Whatever else India may not be, she is at least one thing, She is the greatest storehouse of spiritual knowledge.
- For a fallen India to aspire to move the world and protect the weaker races is seemingly and impertinence.
- Let India become alive by self-purification, that is self-restraint and self-denial, and she will be a boon to herself and mankind.
- In a self-respecting India, is not every woman's virtue as much every man's concern as his own sister's?
- In the true democracy of India, the unit is the village.
- I do not want India to rise on the ruin of other nations.
- I must not refrain from saying that India can gain more by waiving the right of punishment.
- I would rather have India without education, if that is the price to be paid for making it dry.
- I would far rather that India perished than that she won freedom at the sacrifice of truth.
- I would like to bury myself in an Indian village, preferably in a Frontier village.
- I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honour than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor.
- I would rather have India reduced to a state of pauperism than have thousands of drunkards in our midst.
- I would not flinch from sacrificing even a million lives for India's liberty.
- Through realization of freedom of India, I hope to realize and carry on the mission of brotherhood of man.
- I want India to come to her own and that state cannot be better defined by any single word than Swaraj.
- Freedom of India will demonstrate to all the exploited races of he earth that their freedom is very near.
- To gain India's freedom, the capacity for suffering must go hand in hand with the capacity for ceaseless labour.
- I want for India complete independence in the full English sense of that English term.
- I would not sell the vital interests of the untouchables for the sake of winning the freedom of India.
- I can neither serve God nor humanity if as an Indian I do not serve India, and as a Hindu I do not serve the Indian Mussalmans.
- I would bend the knee before the poorest scavenger, the poorest untouchable in India for having participated in crushing him for centuries; I would even take the dust off his feet.
- My varnashram dharma teaches me that there must be some significance in the fact of my being born in India instead of in Europe.
- I am not just now thinking of India's deliverance. It will come, but what will it be worth if England and France fall, or if they come out victorious over Germany, ruined and humbled?
- I am wedded to India because I owe my all to her.
- Even if the whole of India, ranged on one side, were to declare that Hindu-Muslim unity is impossible, I will declare that it is perfectly possible.
- I hold too that whatever may be true of other countries, a bloody revolution will not succeed in India.
- I believe in the capacity of India to offer nonviolent battle to the English rulers.
- I call the Lancashire trade immoral, because it was raised and is sustained on the run of millions of India's peasants.
- I must fight unto death the unholy attempt to impose British methods and British institutions on India.
- There is nothing on earth that I would not give up for the sake of the country, excepting, of course, two things and two only, namely, truth and nonviolence.
- If as a member of a slave nation I could deliver the suppressed classes from their slavery without freeing myself from my own, I would do so today. But it is an impossible task.
- My nationalism is as broad as my Swadeshi, I want India's rise so that the whole world may benefit.
- It is my unshakable belief that India's destiny is to deliver the message of nonviolence to mankind.
- My Swadeshi chiefly centers round the handspun khaddar and extends to everything that can be and is produced in India.
- My mission is to convert every Indian, even Englishmen and finally the world, to nonviolence whether political, economic, social or religious.
- My interest in India's freedom will cease if she adopts violent means, for their fruit will not be freedom but slavery in disguise.
- In my dream, in my sleep, while eating, I think of the spinning wheel. The spinning wheel is my sword. To me it is the symbol of India's liberty.
- I have called spinning the yajna of this age of India.
- Disorder and violence were in fact the one thing that might check the pace of India's progress.
- All I want to say, with the utmost emphasis at my command, is that the description of India as a military country is wrong.
- Through the deliverance of India I seek to deliver the so – called, weaker races of the earth from the crushing heels of Western exploitation.
- I must declare my faith that it is better for India do discard violence altogether even for defending her borders.
- Indian nationalism is not exclusive, nor aggressive, nor destructive.
- Urbanization in India is slow but sure death for her villages and villagers.
- The Indian struggle is not anti-British, it is anti-exploitation, anti-foreign rule, not anti-foreigners.
- A free India will throw all her weight in favour of world disarmament and should herself be prepared to give a lead in this.
- The freedom of India is a bigger thing than the disease, which for the time being is corroding some portions of Indian community.
- With the loss of India to nonviolence, the last hope of the world will be gone.
- God forbid that India should ever become a military nation, which would be a menace to the peace of the world, and yet if things went on as they were doing, what hope was there for India and, therefore, for the world?
- If the Commander-in-Chief will look beyond the defence forces, he will discover that the real India is not military but peace-loving.
- In the case of the Indian villager, an age-old culture is hidden under entrustment of crudeness.
- Before we can aspire to guide the destinies of India, we shall have to adopt the habit of fearlessness.
- The cottage industry of India had to perish in order that Lancashire might flourish.
- It would be a sad day for India if it has to inherit the English scale and the English tastes so utterly unsuitable to the Indian environment.
- Drink is not a fashion in India, as it is in the West.
- The British Government in India constitutes a struggle between the modern civilization, which is the Kingdom of Satan, and the ancient civilization, which the Kingdom of God.
- The unparalleled extravagance of English rule has demented the rajas and the maharajas who, unmindful of consequences, ape it and grind their subjects to dust.
- It would be a blunder of first magnitude for the British to be a party in any way whatsoever to the division of India.
- It was not though the democratic methods that Britain bagged India.
- The Britishers is the top-dog and the Indian the underdog in his own country.
- The British power is the overlord without whom Indian princes cannot breathe.
- The builders of the British Indian Empire have patiently build its four pillars-the European interests, the army, the Indian princes and the communal division.
- It is derogatory to the dignity of mankind, it is derogatory to the dignity of India, to entrain for one single moment hatred towards Englishmen.
- The collector of revenue and the policemen are the only symbols by which millions in India's villages know British rule.
- Christianity in India is inextricably mixed up for the last hundred and fifty years with the British rule.
- Half-a-dozen or twenty cities of India alone working together cannot bring Swaraj.
- Nonviolent non-co-operators can only succeed when they have succeeded in attaining control over the hooligans of India.
- Nowhere in the world would you find such skeletons of cows and bullocks as you do in our cow-worshipping India.
- The Charkha in the hands of a poor window brings paltry price to her; in the hands of Jawaharlal, it is an instrument of India's freedom.
- The Charkha is intended to realize the essential and living oneness of interest among India's myriads.
- The socialism that India can assimilate is the socialism of the spinning wheel.
- The Khaddar of my conception is that handspun cloth which entirely takes the place of mill cloth in India
- Khaddar has the greatest organizing power in it because it has itself to be organized and because it affects all India.
- The spinning wheel is as much a necessity of Indian life as air and water.
- Khadi to me is the symbol of unity of Indian humanity, of its economic freedom and equality and, therefore, ultimately, in the poetic expression of Jawaharlal Nehru, 'the livery of India's freedom'.
- Hunger is the argument that is driving India to the spinning wheel.
- The restoration of spinning to its central place in India's peaceful campaign for deliverance from the imperial yoke gives her women a special status
- The spinning wheel and the spinning wheel alone will solve, if anything will solve, the problem of the deepening poverty of India.
- There is no better and the largest contribution of Hinduism to India's culture is the doctrine of ahimsa.
- The most distinctive and the largest contribution of Hinduism to India's culture is the doctrine of ahimsa.
- The fragrance of nonviolence was never sweeter than it was today amidst the stink of violence of the most cowardly type that was being displayed in the cities of India.
- The way to Indian independence lay not through the sword but through mutual friendship and adjustment.
- Jail-going is only the beginning, not the end of satyagraha. The acme of satyagraha for us would be to lay down our lives for the defence of India's just cause.
- The mentality which made one section of the Indians look upon another as enemies was suicidal; it could only serve to perpetuate their slavery.
- Our non-co-operation is with the system the English have established in India, with the material civilization and its attendant greed and exploitation of the weak.
- Nothing depends upon the death of an individual, be he ever so great, but much depends upon the freedom of India.
- The whole of India was the home of every Indian who considered himself and behaved as such, no matter to what faith he belonged.
- Many persons claiming different faiths make us one and an indivisible nation. All these have an equal claim to be the nationals of India.
- The states can make the finest contribution to the building of India's future independence if they set the right example in their own territories.
- It is the absolute right of India to misgovern herself.
- The ideal is a synthesis of the different cultures that have come to stay in India, that have influenced Indian life, and that, in their turn, have themselves been influenced by the spirit of the soil.
- Unity among the different races and the different religions of India is indispensable to the birth of national life.
- Swaraj means ability to regard every inhabitant of India as our own brother or sister.
- Let us remember that we are all Indians eating Indian grain and salt, and living on the dumb Indian masses.
- Final Satyagraha is inconceivable without an honorable peace between the several communities composing the Indian nation.
- The West has yet to discover anything so hygienic as the Indian tooth stick.
- Idleness is the great plague of India.
- Mass illiteracy is India's sin and shame and must be liquidated.
- There is every reason for being cautious about founding new universities till India has digested the newly acquired freedom.
- Basic education links the children, whether of the cities or villages, to all that is best and lasting in India.
- Of all the superstitions that affect India, none is so great as that a knowledge of the English language is necessary for imbibing ideas of liberty and developing accuracy of thought.
- If there was any teacher in the world who insisted upon the inexorable law of cause and effect, it was Gautam, and yet my friends, the Buddhists outside India, would, if they could, avoid the effects of their own acts.
- In this, of all the countries in the world, possession of inordinate wealth by individuals should be held as a crime against Indian humanity.
- We must break through the provincial crust if we are to reach the core of all-India nationalism.
- The commerce between India and Africa will be of ideas and services, not of the manufactured goods against raw materials after the fashion of the Western exploiters.
- If untouchability lives, Hinduism perishes and even India perishes, but if untouchability is eradicated from the Hindu heart root and branch, then Hinduism has a definite massage for the world.
- We Indians are one as no two Englishmen are.
- The way to Indian independence lay not through the sword but through mutual friendship and adjustment.