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10 Gandhi Quotes That Will Inspire Your Life

10 Gandhi Quotes That Will Inspire Your Life

One of the most inspiring figures of all time is Mahatma Gandhi, known for a variety of humanitarian accomplishments. Not the least of which was leading India in its quest to attain independence from the British Empire in the 1930’s and 40’s. Renowned around the world for his peaceful methods, Gandh is a tremendous example we could all stand to learn from. The following 10 quotes are eye-opening reminders to be our very best, and be more welcoming to others.

Happiness Really Is Free

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

― Mahatma Gandhi

For those of us that struggle to feel content in our day-to-day lives, this is a powerful prompt to enjoy the journey, rather than just the destination.

Justice Will Prevail

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

When the state of humanity has you down, this Gandhi quote is a stirring reminder not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Not only that, it shows us that doing good in small capacities makes all the difference.

Love Is Priceless

“Where there is love there is life.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

When facing day-to-day struggles, it can be easy to lose track of what’s really important in life. This uplifting quote is a token of the things we should really value.

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    Our Differences Are Insignificant

    “God has no religion.” 

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    In an increasingly diverse world, new disagreements and stereotypes are sure to arise. However, Gandhi got it right when he reminded us that our differences are trivial in the face of the big picture.

    Turn The Other Cheek

    “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” 

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    This inspiring Gandhi quote reminds us all to turn the other cheek, since revenge ultimately only takes a toll on society.

    You Are In Control Of You

    “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” 

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    This moving thought that we are in control of who hurts us is an empowering reminder to control your own destiny.

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      Good People Outnumber The Bad

      “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.” 

      ― Mahatma Gandhi

      Similarly, this uplifting Gandhi quote reminds us that no matter how dark life looks, there is plenty of good in the world.

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      Our Actions Should Back Up Our Beliefs

      “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 in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” 

      ― Mahatma Gandhi

      As new advances make it easier to see more of what’s going on in the world, we must remember that negative actions in the name of something good are still negative. This passionate Gandhi quote reminds us to look at the effects of our actions, not just our intent.

      No One Is Perfect

      “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.”

      ― Mahatma Gandhi

      In a similar way, this Gandhi quote tells each of us to keep our egos in check. Though accomplishments may move us forward, how we treat others defines who we truly are.

      Never Give Up

      “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” 

      ― Mahatma Gandhi

      When you are facing a challenge, this Gandhi quote will remind you that any endeavor is difficult until the moment it’s over.

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        Everyone Matters

        “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” 

        ― Mahatma Gandhi

        Finally, this inspiring Gandhi quote reminds each of us that though our station in life may be inconsequential in a macro sense, a healthy society requires citizens doing good every day. Even if we are not the most important or notable members of society, each of us has a role to play in the world growing friendlier, more welcoming, and more peaceful.

        Featured photo credit: Wolfgang Staudt via commons.wikimedia.org

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        Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

        Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

        How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

        Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

        The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

        Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

        Perceptual Barrier

        The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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        The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

        The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

        Attitudinal Barrier

        Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

        The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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        The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

        Language Barrier

        This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

        The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

        The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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        Emotional Barrier

        Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

        The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

        The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

        Cultural Barrier

        Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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        The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

        The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

        Gender Barrier

        Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

        The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

        The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

        And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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