The United Nations' International Day of Non-Violence is a global observance that seeks to promote the vital quality of non-violence. It is annually held on 2 October coinciding with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, revered throughout the world for his wisdom, fight for freedom and his deep spiritual understanding.
Gandhi is mostly remembered for his philosophy of Ahimsa, which encourages the use of 'non-violence' as a tool for peaceful resolution of differences.
The UN General Assembly came up with a resolution in 2007 to establish the International Day of Non-Violence aimed at spreading the message of peace as advocated by the legendary leader.
Here are 10 inspiring quotes on Non-Violence by Mahatma Gandhi:
- "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."
- "Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up."
- "Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man."
- "My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him."
- "I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could."
- "Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood."
- "Non-violence is the article of faith."
- "I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life."
- "Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being."
- "There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for."