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11 Inspirational Quotes From Gandhi That Will Bring You Inner Peace

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It has been 70 years since Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated, but the mark he left on this world won't be forgotten anytime soon.

Known as Mahatma, or "high-souled," Gandhi inspired millions of people with his peaceful protests.

His dedication to Indian independence through nonviolent civil disobedience inspired independence movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

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Despite suffering from fear of public speaking for much of his life, Gandhi managed to overcome this setback by using it to his advantage.

He was able to say more with less, and today, those inspiring words of wisdom have helped so many people from all walks of life.

No man is perfect, but what he says can truly be. Sometimes all we need to hear are the right words.

A small token of wisdom, a message of comfort or encouragement can brighten our day, change our mood and shift our perspective.

On that note, here are 11 quotes from the iconic Gandhi that will bring your inner peace:

1. Health vs Wealth

Sure, having a lot of money is nice, but does it mean anything if you're not in good shape?

So many people are so caught up with chasing money, they forget to take care of themselves. You can't be happy if you're not healthy, even if you're rich. This quote is a reminder to set your priorities straight.

2. Don't give up

We often hear people say that they won't do something or speak up against a certain issue because their impact will be insignificant.

One voice or action may not be able to bring about a big change, but you'll sure feel better about yourself if you do it.

If you've started a task, keep working on it till the end. Finishing something you've started can very rewarding, even if only you are the only one who sees the results.

3. Power of change

Many of us dream of changing the world, but as Gandhi so eloquently put it, that can't happen if you don't start by changing yourself.

This doesn't mean that you have to be a different person, it simply means that you should adjust the way you think, which in turn will change your emotions and the actions you take.

4. Be in the present

You may not be able to predict the future, but you have a certain degree of power to determine its course.

So leave the past behind and live in the present, because what you do today is what matters tomorrow.

5. Strength in forgiveness

Holding a grudge prevents you from moving on from the past, which only hinders your ability to fully immerse yourself in the present.

According to Gandhi's sage wisdom, dwelling on the negative and letting another person control your emotions will only weaken you.

There's strength in being able to forgive and break-free from negative emotions that have been holding you back.

Use the lessons you've learned from the bad experience to prepare yourself for the future.

6. Be Yourself

In a world where we're told how to behave, what to wear, and how to live, it's crucial to remember that individuality is important and should be celebrated.

No matter how hard you try, you can never be comfortable being someone different, so drop the act, and be yourself.

You'll grow to love who you are because it's who you were meant to be.

7. Honesty is the best policy

There's really no need to dive into details because it doesn't get any more straightforward than this.

The more truthful, honest and gentle you are with yourself and to others, the better your life will be.

8. Slow down

Do you ever notice that these days everyone is always "busy" when you try to make plans? It almost seems like it's trendy to be busy, and if you aren't, then you're worried about what others may think of you.

Here's the thing, there's nothing wrong with not being occupied. Life goes by fast, so calm your mind, slow down and make time for the things that make you happy.

As Gandhi advises, don't speed up life. Worry less about what's coming up next, and focus on appreciating the now.

Next time you find yourself drowning in responsibilities, don't be afraid to step away from them for a while, even if it's just for a few minutes.

9. Don't let negativity in

Of course, it's easier said than done, but the moment you stop worrying about what other people think, you will find that your life is so much better.

Words are powerful, so when you let unsolicited criticism of others occupy space in your head, you're not making room for the positive words of those who love and care for you.

Use this Gandhi quote as an affirmation whenever you start to feel people's dirty feet enter your mind.

10. Faith in humanity


The current state of the world is without a doubt scary, but even while we're in the midst of so much evil, we should always remember that there is still a lot of good in the world.

It's important that you never lose faith in humanity, because some people are out to do good and make the world a better place for all of us.

11. Practice what you preach

Are you truly happy? It's a question that many people have trouble answering.

We all different definitions of what it means to be happy, but Gandhi believed that for a person to attain true happiness, their actions must match their thoughts and words.

There shouldn't be an inner struggle before you act. The only way that you can be happy with your actions is if they align with your morals and values.

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