Epigrams from Gandhiji | Mohan-Mala (A Gandhian Rosary)

Epigrams from Gandhiji


Compiled by S. R. Tikekar

Mahatma Gandhi’s quotations on subjects like truth, nonviolence, Satyagraha, etc., are known universally. But what were his views on copyright? Or what had he to say about a rose or a right angle? It will be amusing and enlightening to know this. This is a collection of pithy sayings of Mahatma Gandhi on various subjects and important issues for rapid reference. The compiler has selected a few thousand epigrams from Gandhiji’s voluminous writings. The epigrams have been arranged alphabetically and the source of each epigram is given below it.


(A Gandhian Rosary)

Compiled by : R. K. Prabhu

First Edition : January, 1949
ISBN : 81-7229-059-4
Printed and Published by : Jitendra T. Desai
Navajivan Mudranalaya,

In this work I have essayed to present to the reader the essence of Mahatma Gandhiji’s philosophy of life in the form of a Rosary of 366 “Pearls of Thought” one “Pearl” for each day of the year, including the leap year all gleaned from his writings and speeches. The “Pearls” have been so arranged as to make the transition from one thought to the next as smooth as possible, thus enabling the reader to make use of the Rosary either for daily contemplation of the given thought or for continuous reading at a stretch.

R. K. Prabhu

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Gandhi's Talisman

"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away." - One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought.

Source: Mahatma Gandhi [Last Phase, Vol. II (1958), P. 65]