When we look back on the 20th Century a few statesmen stand head and shoulders above the rest, marked out by their total commitment to their cause, their humanity and their oratory. Among them are to be found Nelson Mandela, and Mohanda (also known as Mahatma – ‘Great Soul’) Gandhi. Both of them were marked by the fact that greatness was thrust upon them rather than sought; and both left a legacy of words that continue to influence others. Neither was a perfect human being nor ever claimed to be – but each one fought tirelessly for the principles he believed in and they elevated the stature of the human race in so doing.
Mahatma Gandhi is today remembered particularly for his adherence to the principle of using non-violence to secure his ends and for his ascetic, simple lifestyle that placed him among his people rather than above them. His influence, like that of all great teachers down the centuries, has spread far beyond the borders of his nation and his words still have much to teach us.
This book draws together an extensive collection of quotes from Gandhi, which will give you much to think about as well as helping you to understand the human being behind them.