Drawing of Mahatma Gandhi by a Japanese Artist; carrying Gandhi’s signature, c. 1930.

I want to declare to the world, although I have forfeited the regard of many friends in the West – and I must bow my head low; but even for their friendship or love, I must not suppress the voice of conscience, – the promptings of my inner basic nature today. There is something within me impelling me to cry out my agony. I have known humanity. I have studied something of psychology. Such a man knows exactly what it is. I do not mind how you describe it. That voice within tells me, “You have to stand against the whole world although you may have to stand alone. You have to stare in the face the whole world although the world may look at you with blood-shot eyes. Do not fear. Trust the little voice residing within your heart.” It says: “Forsake friends, wife and all; but testify to that for which you have lived and for which you have to die.”

—Gandhiji

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