1869 – 1948
Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British rule.
Gandhi’s non-violent activism reached far beyond his homeland, becoming a global call for the oppressed all over the world to unite and stand up for civil rights, freedom and justice through peaceful protest.
The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: "great-souled", "venerable"), first applied to him in 1914 in South Africa, is now used throughout the world.
Gandhi did not say some of quotes attributed to him on T-shirts, such as be the change you want to see. He did say these:
“Change yourself – you are in control.”
“See the good in people and help them.”
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
“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.”
“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman.”
“Nonviolence … does not means meek submission to the will of the evil-doer, but it means the putting of one's whole soul against the will of the tyrant.”
“Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.”
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