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Ghandi? Quote about changing one's mind
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I heard a radio commentator refer to a quote he attributed to Ghandi, but I can't track it down. Any suggestions? It was something like, "I am pleased when I change my mind because it shows that I have learned and grown wiser." Any help identifying the actual quotation and it's orginator would be welcomed!
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I've seen this posted a lot of places, but it may not be exactly what you're looking for:

Mohandas K. Gandhi often changed his mind publicly. An aide once asked him how he could so freely contradict this week what he had said just last week. The great man replied that it was because this week he knew better.

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Ghandi also said

"My commitment is to the Truth, not to Consistancy."

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Thank you! These are both very helpful!
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The Gandhi quotation you are looking for may be apocryphal
Gandhi had organized a very large march, and thousands of people came. After a while he noticed that it had the potential to become violent, so he gathered the people together and told them that he was calling the march off. There was anger; many people had sacrificed a great deal to be there. Gandhi addressed them: " I am human, and I make mistakes. Therefore my commitment must be to truth and not to consistency."
~ as told by Lissa Carter at

Ram Dass tells it like this:
Gandhi once ordered his lieutenants to stop in the middle of a march. They said, "You can't stop it now. People have come from hundreds of miles to join this march." Gandhi said, "I can't do anything else. I am wedded to truth, not to consistency."

Question by Alan Davidson [of Out Smart magazine]: There is a quote that Ram Dass is fond of using that comes from your grandfather’s book, "Experiments in Truth." It’s something like this, " I am a human being and the truth is ever-changing and evolving, and as a human being I must commit to the truth and not to consistency." I think it illuminates what you were saying. We as human beings are fallible and the truth is evolving and changing. And that we must commit to that evolutionary process as opposed to appearing to be right or appearing to be consistent.
Reply by Arun Gandhi [grandson of Mahatma Gandhi]: As I remember it, it was during an interview with some correspondent that he mentioned it. The journalists were perturbed by what they called his inconsistency. He would say one thing today and then a week later he would change. They said, "How do we keep up with you if you are so inconsistent?" And that’s when he made this remark, that the truth is ever-changing. I see new versions of it every day. How can I be wedded to consistency when I am pursuing truth?

You could read through "Experiments in Truth" to try and find it, but it is rather long.
By Mahatma Gandhi

“Gandhi never cared for consistency. He was always doing experiments and each day he had something new to say.”
~ Prof Samdhong Rinpoche

"Do I contradict myself? Consistency is a hobgoblin."

The Gandhi Nobody Knows by Richard Grenier

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 victorious fighter who always scorned the use of force; a man of wisdom and humility, armed with resolve and inflexible consistency, who had devoted all his strength to the uplifting of his people and the betterment of their lot; a man who had 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 on this earth.
~ Albert Einstein on Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi

But for me, truth is the sovereign principle, which included numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me. But I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him. I am prepared to sacrifice the things dearest to me in pursuit of this quest. Even if the sacrifice demanded be my very life, I hope I may be prepared to give it. But as long as I have not realised this Absolute Truth, so long must I hold by the relative truth as I have conceived it.
~ Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi

Here is a great resource webpage
Quotes by Gandhi:
I hold today the same opinion as I held then. To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.
- An Autobiography, the Story of My Experiments
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Vivisection is the blackest of all the black crimes that a man is at present committing against God and his fair creation. It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practise elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures.
- The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism

Gandhi on The Christian Missionary Menace

”The greatest lessons in life, if we would but stoop and humble ourselves, we would learn not from the grown-up learned men, but from the so-called ignorant children.”
~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

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