Saturday, January 03, 2009

Words from the past

This is Mohandas K. Ghandi, or Mahatma Ghandi, or Bapu, depends on what ange of history you're reading about him. 

I won't delve deep into his history or achievements, but I'd like to highlight a few of his words and quotes:

1)When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always.

2) What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?
3) An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
4) There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.
5) I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
6) It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
7) The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

In an atmosphere of charged political turmoil and a grossly outgunned Arab world, one needs to take a step back and think for a while about how the in-actions of a single wise (non-muslim) man affected the retreat of an empire.

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