For his dreams to see the nation free, he was named the ‘Father of the nation’. Every year, Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on October 2 to mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi. The day is observed across the nation which is a national holiday.

Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat, and this year marks his 152nd birth anniversary.

Baapu (Father) as he was called, led India’s freedom movement along with many other national leaders against the British rule in India. His firm belief in non-violence uplifted many civil rights movements across the world. 

On June 15, 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that declared October 2 as International Day of Non-Violence. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding, and non-violence”.

To pay homage to the great leader, the day is celebrated every year with prayers and cultural events in educational and government institutions. The PM of the nation pays homage at Raj Ghat, the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi.

His inspiring words have motivated millions then and even now. On the auspicious day of Gandhi Jayanti, here are some of the famous quotes of Baapu.

“A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes”.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”.

“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong”.

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave”.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”.

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes”.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

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“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”.

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer”.

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent”.

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