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Murlidhar Devidas Amte, popularly known as Baba Amte, (26 December 1914 – 9 February 2008) was an Indian social worker and social activist known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of people suffering from leprosy. He and his wife, Sadhna Amte, had started an organization for the leprosy patients in Anandwan in 1950. This pioneering work was started as an arogya.He has received many awards and prizes including the Padma Vibhushan, theDr. Ambedkar International Award, the Gandhi Peace Prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Templeton Prize and the Jamnalal Bajaj Award.(from Wikipedia)



“You never see a dead lion in his cave; you never see an old bird die in her nest. Then why should I? Hearth is where the heart is.” – Baba Amte

“Only a full stomach can afford to be principled.” – Baba Amte

“I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see, I sought my god, but my god eluded me; And then I sought my sisters and my brothers, and in them I found all three.” – Baba Amte

“When you give roses to others, the perfume is bound to linger on your hands!” -Baba Amte

“Enough ants can destroy a python.” – Baba Amte

“I don’t want to be a great leader; I want to be a man who goes around with a little oil can and when he sees a breakdown, offers his help. To me, the man who does that is greater than any holy man in saffron-colored robes. The mechanic with the oilcan: that is my ideal in life.” – Baba Amte

“I am leaving to live along the Narmada. Narmada will linger on the lips of the nation as a symbol of all struggles against social injustice.” -Baba Amte

“Happiness dies when it is not shared.” – Baba Amte

“The condition of the tribals is worse than those inflicted with leprosy. Purna swaraj can only be possible when the poorest of the poor is uplifted.” – Baba Amte

“A man can live without fingers, but he cannot live without self-respect…. That is why I took up leprosy work. Not to help anyone but to overcome that fear in my life. That it worked out good for others is a byproduct. But the fact is I did it to overcome fear.” – Baba Amte

“A captain never deserts a sinking ship. To save a sinking country, brave sailors must emerge!” – Baba Amte

“Gandhi’s whole life was sterilized by truth.” – Baba Amte

“First you have to take the spear in your heart, then you can take the crown on your head.” – Baba Amte

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