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This week we turn our attention to Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest Indian spiritual leaders of all time, and a believer in justice. This article pulls together twenty of his most inspiring quotes. Regardless of your role in life- a parent, teacher, business or religious leader, Mahatma Gandhi has a message about character, competency and consistency, the key ingredients for building trust.

  1. “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
  2. “Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
  3. “The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.”
  4. “Action expresses priorities.”
  5. “Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
  6. “It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.”
  7. “Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or loneliness. It consists in daring to do the right thing and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds not words.”
  8. “Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.”
  9. “I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.”
  10. “Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.”
  11. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
  12. “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
  13. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
  14. “There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”
  15. “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
  16. “Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”
  17. “It is easier to build a boy than to mend a man.”
  18. “Truth is one, paths are many.”
  19. “Fearlessness is the first requisite of spirituality. Cowards can never be moral.”
  20. “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

My favorites are #5, #6 and #14. How about yours? 

Barbara Brooks Kimmel is the Executive Director of Trust Across America-Trust Around the World whose mission is to help organizations build trust, and runs the world’s largest membership program for those interested in the subject. She is also the editor of the award winning TRUST INC. book series and the Executive Editor of TRUST! Magazine. In 2012 Barbara was named “One of 25 Women Changing the World” by Good Business International.

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One Response to “Mahatma Gandhi on Building Trust”

  1. May 2nd, 2015 at 09:15 | #1

    I like 11, 18 and 20.

    And if you’ll forgive a tangentially related thought spurred by these quotes, here’s one from Bob Dylan:
    “To live outside the law, you must be honest.”
    Which I take to mean, if you’ve got personal integrity, you’ll get by, even in anarchy; but if all you’ve got is the law, you’ve not got much.

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