Mahatma Gandhi

by Paul Robear October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948 During a visit with family in Bellevue Washington, we found this sculpture on the grounds of the public library. Here stands a a life-size bronze sculpture of Mahatma Gandi, the political and spiritual leader from India.  Gifted by the government of India to Bellevue, the sculpture is striking with a staff in his right hand and sandals on his feet with eyes that seem to penetrate through you. I took this picture a few days after the birthday of Gandhi, born October 2, 1869.  One of the most inspiring figures of our time, I could not help but stand in awe while reflecting on the impact his life and accomplishments. For me, his determination to go against the odds and stand on principle stirs a deep passion to respect and cherish freedom. His life story has proven that it’s possible to remain gentle in spirit, yet simultaneously command a huge amount of strength and respect. 10 Inspiring Quotes from Mahatma Gandhi: “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.” “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” “Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.” “Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.” “Continue to grow and evolve.” “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.” “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”