All Men Are Brothers: Life and Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi as Told in His Own Words

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CHAPTER XII
MISCELLANEOUS

I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following. 1

I have been known as a crank, faddist, madman. Evidently the reputation is well deserved. For wherever I go, I draw to myself cranks, faddists and madmen. 2

The world knows so little of how much my so-called greatness depends upon the incessant toil and drudgery of silent, devoted, able and pure workers, men as well as women. 3

I look upon myself as a dull person. I take more time than others in understanding some things, but I do not care. There is a limit to man's progress in intelligence; but the development of the qualities of the heart knows no bounds. 4

It may fairly be said that intellect has played a subordinate part in my life. I think I am a dull person. It is literally true in my case that God provides the man of faith with such intelligence as he needs. I have always honoured and reposed faith in elders and wise men. But my deepest faith is in truth so that my path though difficult to tread has seemed easy to me. 5

In the majority of cases addresses presented to me contain adjectives which I am ill able to carry. Their use can do good neither to the writers nor to

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Selections 1
  • Chapter I - Autobiographical 3
  • Chapter II - Religion and Truth 56
  • Chapter III - Means and Ends 81
  • Chapter IV - AhiṃsĀ or the Way of Non-Violence 85
  • Chapter V - Self-Discipline 108
  • Chapter VI - International Peace 118
  • Chapter VII - Man and Machine 124
  • Chapter VIII - Poverty in the Midst of Plenty 129
  • Chapter IX - Democracy and the People 138
  • Chapter X - Education 151
  • Chapter XI - Women 160
  • Chapter XII - Miscellaneous 168
  • Glossary 181
  • Sources 184
  • A Selected Bibliography 191
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