Quotations from the book : EPIGRAMS FROM GANDHIJI

Epigrams from Gandhiji

Quotations from the book
Epigrams from Gandhiji

Alphabetical Listing





Numerals after each epigram refer to the pages of volumes indicated by the following abbreviations. Where publisher is not mentioned, it is Navajivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad.

  • I to XXVI: The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Publications Division
  • A : An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth: M. K. Gandhi; Navajivan  Publishing House, Ahmedabad
  • AA: Asia and the Americas: Monthly Magazine published from New York
  • ABP: Amrita Bazar Patrika: English Daily
  • AG: Among the Great: Dilip Kumar Roy; Nalanda Publications, Bombay, 1945
  • AOA: Ashram Observations in Action: Navajivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad
  • BC: The Bombay Chronicle: Daily newspaper published from Bombay
  • Bunch: A Bunch of Old Letters, J. Nehru (Asia, 1958)
  • CP: Constructive Programme: Its Meaning and Place: M. K. Gandhi; Navajivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad
  • EF: The Epic Fast: Pyarelal, Ahmedabad, 1932
  • ER: Ethical Religion: Mahatma Gandhi; S. Ganesan, Madras, 1930
  • EWE : Evil Wrought by the English Medium, R. K. Prabhu(1958)
  • FYM: From Yeravda Mandir: Ashram Observations: M. K. Gandhi; NavajivanPublishing House,
  • GCG: Gandhi's Correspondence with the Government,1924-44: Navajivan Publishing House
  • GIV : Gandhiin Indian Villages: Mahadev Desai; S. Ganesan, Madras1927
  • H: Harijan: (1933-1956) English Weekly Journal founded by Gandhi,
  • HS: Hind SWARAJ OR Indian  Home Rule: ; Navjivan Publishing House,Ahmedabad
  • MM: Mind of Mahatma Gandhi (Ed. Prabhu & Rao), 3rd Edn., 1968
  • MOG: The Message of the Gita, R. K. Prabhu (1959)
  • MGCG: Mahatma Gandhi: Correspondence with the Government (1959)
  • T: (Followed by Vol. No.) Mahatma (D.G. Tendulkar) Vols. 1-8; 2nd Edn.(1960), Publications Division
  • TIG: Truth is God, Ed. R. K. Prabhu(1955)
Japan :
  • The atom bomb brought an empty victory to the Allied arms but it resulted for the time being in destroying the soul of Japan. TIG-142
  • I am convinced that the capitalist, if he follows the Samurai of Japan, has nothing really to lose and everything to gain. T-2-380
  • Let no one run away with the idea that I wish to put in a defence of Japanese misdeeds in pursuance of Japan's unworthy ambition. TIG-14222
Jealousy :
  • Jealousy presupposes the possibility of rivalry. T-2-214
  • Bury jealousies underground or cremate them wherever you like. XXV-510
Journalism :
  • Journalism has become the art of "intelligent anticipation of events." T-7-209
  • The sole aim of journalism should be service. MM-479
  • Journalism should never be prostituted for selfish ends or for the sake of merely earning a livelihood or, worse still, for amassing money. XXVI-371
  • Journalism has a distinct place in familiarizing and expressing public opinion.XXVI-370
  • A journalist's peculiar function is to read the mind of the country and to give definite and fearless expression to that mind. XXVI-369
  • The newspaperman has become a walking plague. He spreads the contagion of lies and calumnies. T-2-238
  • Newspapers today have almost replaced the Bible, the Koran, the Gita and other religious scriptures. T-7-314
  • The press is called the Fourth Estate. It is definitely a power, but, to misuse that power is criminal. T-7-375
  • Newspapers should be read for the study of facts. They should not be allowed to kill the habit of independent thinking. T-7-116
  • In the East, as in the West, newspapers are fast becoming people's Bible, Koran, Zend-Avesta and Gita all rolled into one. T-7-209
  • Freedom of the press is a precious privilege that no country can forego. MM-480
  • An itch for new is a variety of dissipation, debilitating to the mind and spirit, unless it is properly curbed. T-7-135
  • The liberty of the press is a dear privilege, apart from the advisability or otherwise of civil disobedience. T-6-1
  • Newspapers have become more important to the average man than the scriptures. T-7-375
Joy :
  • A life of sacrifice is the pinnacle of art, and is full of true joy. MOG-21
Justice :
  • Justice should become cheap and expeditious. Today it is the luxury of the rich and the joy of the gambler.T-4-182
  • Justice will come when it is deserved by our being and felling strong. T-2-240
  • Justice does not help the ones who slumber but helps only those who are vigilant. XIV-177
  • The first condition of nonviolence is justice all round, in every department of life. T-5-278
  • It is open to a war-resister to judge between two combatants and wish success to the one who has justice on his side.T-5-197