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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Some of history's greatest replies come from people we don't usually associate with great wit.

In the decades prior to World War II, Mahatma Gandhi led a massive campaign of civil disobedience designed to help colonial India win its independence from the British Empire. In 1931, shortly after being named Time magazine's 'Man of the Year,' Gandhi traveled to London to meet with British authorities. The entire nation was curious to learn more about this little brown man, as many called him. Constantly swarmed by press and photographers, Gandhi was peppered with questions wherever he went.

One day a reporter yelled out, "What do you think of Western civilization?"

It was a defining moment, and Gandhi's reply instantly transformed him from an object of curiosity into a celebrity.

In his heavy Indian accent, he answered, "I think it would be a good idea."

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