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Mahatma Gandhi's Legacy of Peace


The legendary Mahatma Gandhi would have been 146 years old today. He was the primary leader of India's independence movement, and he left an incredible legacy of non-violent civil disobedience which ultimately influenced people all around the world. In honor of his incredible peacemaking legacy, we compiled some of our favorite quotes of his:
  • "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
  • "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
  • "An eye for an eye only ends up making the world blind."
  • "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."
  • "Where there is love there is life."
  • "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
  • "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
  • "Nobody can hurt me without my permission."
  • "Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances."
See the gallery below for photos of Mahatma Gandhi:

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(GERMANY OUT) Gandhi, Mahatma *02.10.1869-30.01.1948+(Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)Politiker, IndienFuehrer der indischen Unabhaengigkeitsbewegung- Portrait als junger Anwalt- undatiert (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
1887: Indian thinker, statesman and nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 - 1948), as a law student. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Gandhi, Mahatma *02.10.1869-30.01.1948+(Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)Politiker, IndienFuehrer der indischen Unabhaengigkeitsbewegung- Portrait, in jungen Jahren- undatiert (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Mohandas Gandhi is shown posed in the garden of the Viceregal Lodge, New Delhi, India, March 31, 1947. (AP Photo/Max Desfor)
Mohandas Gandhi is introduced to film star Charlie Chaplin, second from left, at the residence of Dr. Katial in London's East End, September 22, 1931. (AP Photo)
Mohandas Gandhi, leader of India's great movement for liberty, is shown in an undated photo one hour after his release from the British government prison in Poona, India. Gandhi does not like being photographed, and never looks at the camera. (AP Photo/J.A. Mills)
The body of assassinated Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi, covered with rose petals, is carried to the site of his cremation in New Delhi, Jan. 31, 1948. (AP Photo/Max Desfor)
The mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in the sacred waters of the Sangram, or confluence of the rivers Ganges and Jumna, at Allahabad, Feb. 12, 1948 before a vast concourse of people numbering more than a million, who thronged the banks. The photo shows the army amphibious craft with the urn of Gandhis ashes before entering the holy river. (AP Photo)
The mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in the sacred waters of the "Sangram" or confluence of the rivers Ganges and Jumna, at Allahabad, Feb. 12, 1948 before a vast concourse of people numbering more than a million, who thronged the banks. The photo shows left to right: Devadas Gandhi, son of the assassinated leader; Pandit Nehru, Prime Minister of India and Dr. Ahmed Rafi Kidway, Communications Minister, pause for a moment as they carried the urn containing Gandhis ashes from the train upon arrival at Allahabad, Feb. 12. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi joins his hands together in a gesture of prayer after addressing an audience of some 100,000 in Bombay's Shivaji Park, March 14, 1946. Gandhi, 76, planned to confer in the near future with British representatives on practical issues for self-government of India. (AP Photo/Max Desfor)
Mahatma Gandhi is seen walking with his arms around the shoulders of one of his granddaughters and her friend at his "camp" in the municipal sweepers' colony at New Delhi in April 1946, where the Indian leader is in residence during the cabinet mission discussion. PHOTO SHOWS L. TO R.: Sita Gandhi (18), daughter of Gandhi's son Manilal, of Durban, South Africa; Tara Gandhi (12) daughter of Devadas Gandhi, of New Delhi (he is managing director of the Hindustan Times); Mahatma Gandhi and Urmila Mehta (13), Tara's friend. (AP-Phhoto)
This is a 1931 photo of Hindu peacemaker Mohandas Gandhi. (AP Photo)
India's leader Mahatma Gandhi, accompanied by his entourage, arrives at Folkestone, England, on Sept. 12, 1931. Gandhi is travelling to London to attend the Round Table Conference on Indian constitutional reform. Gandhi is wearing a dhoti and shawl. (AP Photo)
Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, 69, center, leans on Dr. Suchella Nuyar near Bombay, India on June 15, 1938. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi, center, accompanied by Abha Gandhi, left, and Dr. Sushila Nayyar, right, one of his attendants during his present illness, is shown walking in the garden of Birla House, New Delhi, India, October 2, 1947, as he celebrates his 78th birthday. H.S. Suhrawardy, former chief minister of Bengal Province, is at extreme left, rear. (AP Photo)
India's leader Mahatma Gandhi, 78, is carried from his main house to the Garden area after breaking a five-day fast in New Delhi, India on Jan. 21, 1948. Gandhi was shot and killed by an assassin on Jan. 30 while attending a prayer meeting at New Delhi. (AP Photo)
Jawaharlal Nehru, left, and Mahatma Gandhi converse at a session of the Indian National Congress in Bombay, India, a few hours before their arrest on Aug. 8, 1942. The Congress, led by Nehru, is advocating for total independence from the British. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi, right, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, advocate for a separate Muslim state, pose at the steps of Jinnah's home where the two met to discuss the Hindu-Muslim conflict in Bombay, India, on Sept. 9, 1944. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi, wearing his dhoti and sandals with a wet towel over his head, leaves a conference at Wardha, India, on June 24, 1942. At the conference, the Indian National Congress Party finally approved a civil disobedience campaign to obstruct the British war effort. Gandhi's support led to his arrest in August. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi, right, sits down to share a meal with a guest in his home in India on May 22, 1936. (AP Photo)
Mohandas K. Gandhi, center seated, is surrounded by workers in his law office in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1902. Gandhi, the country's first lawyer who is a person of color to be admitted to the bar, spent most of his 20 years in South Africa protesting the treatment of Indians by the British. The others in the photo are not identified. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi, wrapped in his white shawl, sits before a microphone to deliver a prayer meeting discourse in New Delhi, India, in Jan. 1948. It is Gandhi's second day of his fast to force communal peace in India. The 78-year-old Indian patriot ended his 121-hour fast Jan. 18 when he won a pledge of harmony from Indian religious leaders. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi sits cross-legged as he tries to settle a Congress Party dispute in Calcutta, India, in 1934. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi is surrounded by his followers at the All-India Congress at Bombay, India, shortly before his arrest on Aug. 8, 1942. Gandhi is signing books, slips of paper and other articles for five rupees, about $1.65 per autograph, to aid India's Untouchables. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi, spiritual and political leader of India, wearing a dothi, is shown on board the steamer Rajputana as he dictates to one of his secretaries, Sept. 18, 1931. The Mahatma is en route to London, England, to attend the round table conference. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi sits cross-legged and spins cotton in Ahmadabad, India, in this photo taken circa 1931. (AP Photo)
Lord and Lady Mountbatten are seen with Mahatma Gandhi, center, in the garden of the Viceregal lodge in New Delhi, India, March 31, 1947. Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India, and Gandhi discuss points in the transfer of government from British to Indian rule. (AP Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi is seen at Birla House, after he ended his six day fast, in New Delhi, Jan. 18, 1948. His fast lasted 122 hours and his decision to end it came after the leaders of the Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities pledged to strive mutually for communal harmony. (AP Photo/Max Desfor)
India's leader Mahatma Gandhi, with a vermillion caste mark on his forehead, embraces the daughter of his old friend Vithalbai Patel, former President of the Congress, shortly before his arrest, in India, January 19, 1932. (AP Photo)
Mohondas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), known as Mahatma (Great Soul). Indian Nationalist leader. Here he is working at his spinning wheel, a symbolic task he performed almost daily. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948). Gandhi lead the campaign for Swaraj (or 'Home-Rule') from 1921, when he assumed the leadership of the Indian National Congress, until his death in 1948. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Mohondas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), known as Mahatma (Great Soul), Indian Nationalist leader. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)
Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,1869 - 1948), Indian nationalist and spiritual leader, leading the Salt March in protest against the government monopoly on salt production. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
INDIA - JANUARY 01: Mahatma Gandhi After Long Illness At Bangalore In India (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
The Mahatma Gandhi spinning the Indian typical fabric called 'khadi' by a 'charka'. India, 1920s (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Hindu nationalist and spiritual leader, 1944. Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: 2 October 1869 Â 30 January 1948. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Mahatma Gandhi (R) with his brother, Laxmidas Gandhi, India, 1886. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
INDIA - JANUARY 22: Indian nationalist leader Mahatma GANDHI dictating his terms of peace with Great Britain to his secretary for transmission to Lord IRWIN, while other nationalist leaders look on in Delhi on March the 13th 1931. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
FRANCE - JULY 12: The Mahatma GANDHI getting off the RAJPUTANA ocean liner in Marseille's harbour on September 11, 1931. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Indian statesman and activist Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 - 1948) receives a donation in a train compartment, 1940. Acharya Kripalani and Radhakrishna Bajaj are looking through the window. (Photo by Dinodia Photos/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 14: A man dressed as Gandhi, with fake hairy legs and bald head. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
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