1. Best government
Best government is a little government.
The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy. That State is the best governed which is governed the least.
2. All religion is the same tree
Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarreling?
3. What is a civilization?
Duty, honor, good conduct, virtue:
Civilization is that mode of conduct which points out to man the path of duty. Performance of duty and observance of morality are convertible terms. To observe morality is to attain mastery over our mind and our passions. So doing, we know ourselves. The Gujarati equivalent for civilization means ‘good conduct’.
Civilization = ‘good conduct’
4. The seven social sins:
- politics without principles
- wealth without work
- pleasure without conscience
- knowledge without character
- commerce without morality
- science without humanity
- worship without sacrifice (how can i create more sacrifice?)
5. Only the strong forgive
‘Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong’
6. Practical idealism
‘I am a practical idealist’
7. Live what you believe
‘My life is my message’
8. Do it
Even though you think what you might do is not important, you still must do it:
‘Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.’
9. Ask and thy shall receive
‘If you don’t ask; you don’t get’
You won’t always get what you ask for; but if you never ask, you will never get it.
10. On life
Live as you are to die tomorrow, study as you were to live forever.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow, but study as if you were to live forever.
Always think of death, and live day to day. But also study like you will live a lifetime.