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Einstein on Mahatma

February 8, 2013

A leader of his people, unsupported by any outward authority: a politician whose success rests not upon craft nor the mastery of technical devices, but simply on the convincing power of his personality; a victorius fighter who has always scorned the use of force; a man of wisdom and humility, armed with resolve and inflexible consistency, who has devoted all his strength to the uplifting of his people and the betterment of their lot; a man who has confronted the brutality of Europe with the dignity of the simple human being, and thus at all times risen superior.
“Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.”

On the occassion of Gandhi’s seventieth birthday in 1939. Published in Out of My Later Years, New York: Philosophical Library,1950.

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