Happy Gandhi Jayanti!

As I broke trail, post-holing down the Gangotri Glacier several days ago, the words of Mahatma Gandhi were echoing in my ears: “Suffering cheerfully endured, ceases to be suffering and is transmuted into an ineffable joy.”

I wish I could say all my suffering that day was cheerfully endured; truth is, it wasn’t. Much of it was simple suffering, barely endured. But, all in all, the suffering was an integral part of a cheerful journey, and in retrospect caused a lot of joy as well.

Today, October 2nd, is the birthday of Gandhi: a great man, thinker, philosopher, and father of India and non-violence. It’s an honor to be here in India on this day, and I thought I’d share some of my favorite Gandhi quotes, collected over the years.

What are your favorites? Drop a comment and let me know!

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

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

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

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.

You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.

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

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  1. Colin Wallace
    Colin WallaceOctober 1,13

    Some great quotes from a great man, Gandhi.

    Hope your suffering is not too bad Jake!


    • Jake Norton
      Jake NortonOctober 5,13

      Not to bad at all, Colin. Thanks for your comments! Be sure to check hashtag #GangaS2S on social media, and check the blogs of our sponsors – Eddie Bauer, Microsoft Surface, and National Geographic – to get more updates!

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