Bhopal: Mahatma Gandhi is known for many things, but he has to his name the maximum number of quotations by any Indian on the Internet.
The Internet has a large number of sites which offer quotations on a variety of topics ranging from friendship, love, destiny, life, death, peace and politics. But the net
has one site which gives quotations from people from all walks of life all over the world.
The site address is http://www.quotationsbook.com and it features 106 quotations from the Mahatma.
One quotation attributed to him says "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
Another quotation says "It is easy enough to be friendly to one`s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business."
The Mahatma is also quoted as saying, "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
He has also said "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."
Apart from Mahatma Gandhi, there are a number of other Indians from whom quotations can be seen on the site. These people include the Nation`s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal
Nehru, former president S Radhakrishnan, Swami Vivekanand and Indira Gandhi.
These people do not match the Mahatma as individually they do not have even 20 quotes to their credit.
One Indian whose name comes as a surprise on this site is that of Oscar award winning music composer, AR Rahman.
He has got only one quote which reads simply, "All my life I have had a choice of hate and love. I chose love and I am here."
Among world politicians, those who surpass the Mahatma are former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill with 183 quotes and former US President John F Kennedy with 146 quotes.
Noted English writer Oscar Wilde have got 432 quotes and he is followed by William Shakespeare with 420 quotes.
Among religious texts the Bible leads with 370 quotes, The Bhagavad Gita has 45 quotes while the Quran nine quotes.
Salman Rushdie, the well-known writer of Indian origin has 34 quotes and writers who have got a large number of quotes include Goethe who has got 313 quotes.