I watched the 1982 film Gandhi the other night. It was pretty amazing. I really knew nothing about Mohandas Gandhi…just that he was very wise, and won freedom for an entire country using a philosophy of non-violence. I didn’t know that he had studied law in London, and that he worked in South Africa for a time. I don’t even think I knew that he was assassinated.
The film was beautifully done. The Academy thought so, too…it won eight Academy Awards in 1982. I’ve always admired Ben Kingsley and now I admire him that much more.
Here are some quotes from the brilliant Gandhi-gee:
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.