Marriage is not only not a necessity but positively a hindrance to public and humanitarian work.
– Mohandas Gandhi, quoted in Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld p.80
Alas, if only the Mahatma had come upon this great wisdom before his marriage he wouldn’t have put his family through so much stress.
Greatness often extracts a heavy price, sadly not from the great one but from those around the personality. Most often, it’s the family that pays the price. History is replete with examples.
Besides Gandhi, the other ‘great’ figure that quickly comes to mind is the Georgian monster and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Like with Gandhi, the dictator’s family, particularly the wife and sons, paid a heavy price.
Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld – Chapter 3; Before he Became Mahatma, Gandhi was a Racist Swine
Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld – Chapter 2
Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld – Chapter 1
OMG, Was Gandhi an AC/DC?