[PW] ? Gandhi-Attributed Quote (Quotation Query #772)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at yale.edu
Sat May 6 06:43:41 PDT 2017


In the Yale Book of Quotations I list the quote "We must be the change we wish to see in the world" with a citation from the Los Angeles Times in 1989.  This quotation, sometimes with the word "want" instead of "wish," is often attributed to Gandhi.  Charles Doyle has told me in private correspondence that it can be traced back to the early 1970s.  Can Charles or anyone else point me to the earliest findable occurrences of the saying?


Fred Shapiro


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