“If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children; and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won’t have to struggle, we won’t have to pass fruitless idle resolutions. But we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which, consciously or unconsciously, the whole world is hungering. ” (Young India 19 November 1931, p. 361)
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“Interview to the Press” in Karachi (23 March 1931); Gandhi is asked two questions. First: “Do you not think it impolitic to forgive a government which has been guilty of a thousand murders?” Gandhi replies: “I do not know a single instance where forgiveness has been found so wanting as to be impolitic.” In a follow-up question, Gandhi is asked: “But no country has ever shown such forgiveness as India is showing to Britain?” Gandhi replies: “That does not affect my reply. What is true of individuals is true of nations. One cannot forgive too much. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” (from Wikiquotes)
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
grace, peace & Wise Words
Virginia : )
How true are Gandhi’s words re’ forgiveness. We all need it and never are we more like Jesus than when we forgive. It has been said that “bitterness consumes the vessel that contains it.” Gandhi says it is a powerful act made from a position of strength–I would go one step further and say it is a liberating act for the forgiver as they become liberated from the bondage of their hatred. The world could use a whole lot of it! –cin
Amen Cindy! I so like Gandhi’s words that Forgiveness comes from strength – especially given the context of oppressors & the oppressed. It turns our understanding upside down when we look to those with power to be ‘the strongest’ (who has the biggest weapon etc.)… but forgiveness shows Real Strength…& as you said, can liberate the oppressed if they want to be Really Free. whew. lots to think about!
Greetings Ms. Virginia, my sister who I love oh so much. This post was wonderful as is all your work. I will remember that quote by Ghandi, and apply it to my life. I believe everyone around the world should receive Roses in the Rubble blog, its a great devotional tool love you sis see ya Monday. Please continue to inspire us all with your expressions of Love. Forgiveness is powerful and at some point we all need it.
DOMEKA!! my Brother who i love oh so much TOO! Thank you So Much for your very encouraging words that Brightened my day(!) Yes, forgiveness is powerful & sometimes powerfully hard to give (methinks prayer is often needed.) Papa missed you yesterday, but he Understands (ya’ll both being Pastors and all that : ) We will look forward to seeing you Monday – & lots of love to you & your wonderful family! grace, peace & hugs – Virginia : )