150 quotes by Mahatma Gandhi


150 quotes from Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi a freedom fighter who fought for Indian independence and promoted ahimsa an non-violent way to achive things in life. He has inpired millions for his simplicity and ahimsa. below we prestent 30 of his quotes on various aspects of life.

Seven Deadly Sins Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Science without humanity, Knowledge without character, Politics without principle, Commerce without morality, Worship without sacrifice.
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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
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Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
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One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else's.
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Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
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We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
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As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world , that is the myth of the atomic age , as in being able to remake ourselves.
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I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won't presume to probe into the faults of others.
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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
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Faith!; must be enforced by reason!; when faith becomes blind it dies.
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Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison.
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Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all.
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Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.
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Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
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It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
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I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
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Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
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Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.
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All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.
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Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.
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It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
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Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.
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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
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The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
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In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
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I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
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I am a humble but very earnest seeker after truth.
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Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
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Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
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I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough in me to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
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An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
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Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
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A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
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Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
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There is more to life than increasing its speed.
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Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
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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.
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A No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
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There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
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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.
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The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
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Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
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A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
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Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
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A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
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Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
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I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.
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Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
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Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
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It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
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No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
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I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
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Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.
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Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.
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Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
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Poverty is the worst form of violence.
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Self-respect knows no considerations.
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It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one's belly, in order to be able to save one's head.
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The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
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Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.
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An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
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Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.
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If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.
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To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.
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The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
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Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
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Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
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We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.
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What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
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What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.
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Let not the 12 million Negroes be ashamed of the fact that they are the grandchildren of slaves. There is dishonor in being slave-owners.
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I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
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Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
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I know, to banish anger altogether from one's breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God's grace.
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You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
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God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
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Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
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When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
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God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.
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Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it.
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Ours is one continued struggle against degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the European, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir, whose occupation is hunting and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness.
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To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
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Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.
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Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
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A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.
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Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
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A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.
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Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
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My life is my message.
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Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands.
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There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.
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There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
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An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
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The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French.
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You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
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Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
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Where love is, there God is also.
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It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
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A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
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Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
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Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
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Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians , you are not like him.
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The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
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Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
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In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
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God cannot be realized through the intellect. Intellect can lead one to a certain extent and no further. It is a matter of faith and experience derived from that faith.
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I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
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Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
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Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
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Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
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The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
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My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
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An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
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Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
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It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
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To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
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Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
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I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
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Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
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A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
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Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
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We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
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When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.
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If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
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Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.
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Non-violence is the article of faith.
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I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice.
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Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
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Where there is love there is life.
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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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The good man is the friend of all living things.
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The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
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Just as a man would not cherish living in a body other than his own, so do nations not like to live under other nations, however noble and great the latter may be.
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I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
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Only he can take great resolves who has indomitable faith in God and has fear of God.
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Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
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