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The Words of Gandhi
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PREFACE

     The words of Gandhi that follow have been selected from writings published over a span of four decades and represent only a small part of hid voluminous work.

     In discussing the value of his words, Gandhi stressed the importance of action:

     "I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast as scale as I could. In doing so, I have sometimes erred and learnt by my errors. Life and it's problems have thus become to me so many experiments in the practice of truth and nonviolence . . .

     "Well, all my philosophy, if it may be called by that pretentious name, is contained in what I have said. But, you will not call it 'Gandhism', there is no 'ism' about it. And no elaborate literature or propaganda is needed about it. The scriptures have been quoted against my position, but I have held faster than ever to my position that truth may not be sacrificed for anything whatsoever. Those who believe in the simple truths I have laid down can propagate them only by living them."

     "I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same efforts and cultivate the same hope and faith."


 
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