Brigadier: You don't think we're just going to walk out of India.
Gandhi: Yes. In the end, you will walk out. Because 100,000 Englishmen simply cannot control 350 million Indians, if those Indians refuse to cooperate.
Gandhi: You're a temptress.
Margaret Bourke-White: Just an admirer.
Gandhi: Nothing is more dangerous, especially for an old man.
Lord Irwin, Viceroy: Mr. Gandhi will find that it takes a great deal more than a pinch of salt to bring down the British Empire.
Margaret Bourke-White: So you really are going to Pakistan then? You are a stubborn man.
Gandhi: I'm simply going to prove to Hindus here and Muslims there that the only devils in the world are those running around in our own hearts. And that is where all our battles ought to be fought.
Margaret Bourke-White: So what kind of warrior have you been in that warfare?
Gandhi: Not a very good one. That's why I have so much tolerance for the other scoundrels of the world.
Gandhi: Where there's injustice, I always believed in fighting. The question is, do you fight to change things or to punish? For myself, I've found we're all such sinners, we should leave punishment to God. And if we really want to change things, there are better things than derailing trains or slashing someone with a sword.
Margaret Bourke-White: There's a sadness about him.
Mirabehn: He thinks he's failed.
Margaret Bourke-White: Why? If anything's proven him right, it's these last months.
Mirabehn: I may be blinded by my love for him. But I believe, when we most needed it, he offered the world a way out of madness. But he doesn't see it. Neither does the world.
Gandhi: An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Gandhi: Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Nehru: He told the press he'd support the British in the war.
Prakash: That's non-violence for you.
Gandhi: Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.
Kasturba Gandhi: I say with Gandhiji: There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.
Soldier: Mr. Gandhi, sir. I have been instructed to inquire the subject of your speech tonight.
Gandhi: The value of goat's milk in daily diet. But you can be sure that I will also speak against war.
Vince Walker: You're an ambitious man, Mr. Gandhi.
Gandhi: I hope not.
Gandhi: I am a Muslim and a Hindu and a Christian and a Jew and so are all of you.
Gandhi: There are no goodbyes for us, Charlie. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.
Hindu: Bapu! Bapu! Bapu, please don't do it.
Gandhi: What do you want me not to do? Not to meet with Mr. Jinnah? I am a Muslim, and a Hindu, and a Christian, and a Jew, and so are all of you. When you wave those flags and shout, you send fear into the hearts of your brothers. That is not the India I want! Stop it! For God's sake stop it.
Gandhi: They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me, then they will have my dead body. not MY obedience.
Nehru: Bapuji, the whole country is moving.
Gandhi: Yes. But in what direction?
Gandhi: I, for one, have never advocated passive anything. We must never sumbit to such laws. And I think our resistance must be active and provocative.
Gandhi: We must defy the British... Not with violence that will inflame their will but with a firmness that will open their eyes. English factories make the cloth that makes our poverty. All those who wish to make the English see bring me the cloth from Manchester and Leeds that you wear today and we will light a fire that will be seen in Delhi, and in London.