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The Wit and Wisdom of Gandhiby Mohandas Gandhi
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A voluminous writer on an extraordinary variety of subjects, Gandhi composed innumerable letters, editorials, articles, and speeches. This excellent anthology of brief and incisive quotations from his writings features Gandhi’s thoughts on religion and theology, ethics, international and political affairs, the family, education, culture, Indian problems, and, perhaps what he is best known for, satyagraha, or group nonviolent direct action.
Book News Annotation:
He believed India should learn to live before it tried to die for humanity. He was a devout Hindu but asserted no Christian could outdo him in singing "Lead, Kindly Light." One would expect a volume of quotations from Gandhi to be packed with wisdom, and this one surely is, but it appears the Mahatma also had a way with gentle but wry observations about human nature, international politics, and especially himself. In this reprint of the 1951 edition, Gandhi surprises the reader on every page, up to and including his last words as the Mahatma.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Assembled with skill and sensitivity by social activist Homer A. Jack, this selection of brief and incisive quotations range from religion and theology, personal and social ethics, service, and international and political affairs, to the family, education, culture, Indian problems, and Gandhi's most original concept, satyagraha and#151; group nonviolent direct action.
Table of Contents
Preface (John Haynes Holmes)
Glossary of Indian Terms
and#160; Religion. Atheism. Tolerance. Conversion. Scriptures. Hinduism. Christianity.
and#160; God. Man and Human Nature. Prayer. Worship. Salvation. Confession. Death. Immortality. Faith. Reason. Free Will. Good and Evil.
3. Personal Ethics
and#160; Morality. Honesty. Humility. Silence. Friendship. Fearlessness. Determination. Resolution. Restraint. Simplicity. Health. Diet. Fasting. Experimentation. Continence (Brahmacharya)
4. Social Ethics
and#160; Love. Truth. Justice. Reverence for Life. Non-possession and Poverty. Body Labor.
and#160; Reform. Leadership. Identification with Poor. Organizational Work. Organizational Financing.
and#160; Origins. Means and Ends. Sacrifice. Suffering. Fasting. Imprisonment. The Opponent. Non-cooperation. Civil Disobedience. Non-violence (Ahimsa). Violence and Hate (Himsa). Methodology.
7. International Affairs
and#160; Great Britain and the British. The United States. Soviet Russia and Communism. Germany and Hitler. World War II. War. War Resistance. World Government.
8. Political Affairs
and#160; Democracy. Freedom. Civil Liberties. Racial Discrimination. Economic Justice. Labor. Class Struggle. Machines and Industrialization. Socialism. Prohibition.
9. The Family
and#160; Women. Marriage. Birth Control. Prostitution. Parenthood.
and#160; Theory. The Child. The Student. The Teacher. The Curriculum. Religious Education. Crime.
11. Culture and the Professions
and#160; East vs. West. Western Culture. Languages. The Arts. The Press. The Law and Lawyers. Science. History.
12. Indian Problems
and#160; India. Independence (Swaraj). Home Industry (Swadeshi). Vernacular vs. English. Villages and Agriculture. Untouchability. Caste (Varna). Family Affairs. Guru. Communal Unity. Pakistan. Missionaries.
13. About Himself
and#160; Religious Faith. Family Relations. Western Ways. Health Habits. Jail Experiences. Under Discriminations. Titles. Consistency. Limitations. Mission. Assassination.
and#160; A. The Major Works by Gandhi in English
and#160; B. Collections of Gandhi's Writings in English
and#160; C. Selected Writings about Gandhi's Life and Teachings
Index of Topics
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