Mahatma Gandhi 71st Death Anniversary: 10 quotes by the Father of the Nation that inspired millions

Mahatma Gandhi, through the freedom struggle movement inspired Indians and some timeless quotes by 'Bapu' are remembered to this day.

The entire nation on January 30, will observe Mahatma Gandhi's 150th death anniversary. Mahatma Gandhi, also known as The Father of the Nation, has been revered as one of history’s most transformative and inspirational figures. Gandhi led India's freedom struggle and defeated the British head on with his traits of Satyagraha and Ahimsa. He followed secularism and wanted to see India as a country where people of all castes, religions and gender would live together and enjoy equality. Gandhiji was also responsible for instilling confidence among the Indian community. He made Indians realise that they were equal to the British and showed that we can defeat the greatest power of the world through peaceful means. 

Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Porbandar, India in 1869 — he was later nicknamed “Mahatma,” for “great soul” — the spiritual leader. Gandhiji through the freedom struggle movement inspired Indians and some timeless quotes by 'Bapu' are remembered to this day. Take a look at the 10 most inspiring quotes by Mahatma Gandhi: 

1. Be the change that you want to see in the world.

2. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

3. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

4. If you want real peace in the world, start with children.

5. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

6. In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

7. An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.

8. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

9. I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.

10. Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

Reportedly, Mahatma Gandhi suffered from an acute fear of public speaking for majority of his life. This in turn made him a good listener and 'Bapu' as he was famously inspired by the masses through his inspirational quotes. Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948, shortly after India gained Independence in 1947.

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