Gandhi’s Wit

When Gandhi was studying law at University College, London, a Caucasian

professor, whose last name was Peter disliked him intensely and always

displayed prejudice and animosity towards him.

Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him, as he

expected, there were always arguments and confrontations.


One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University,

and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor.

The professor said, “Mr. Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do

not sit together to eat”


Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, “You

do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,” and he went and sat at another



Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the next

test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions. 


Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question. “Mr.

Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package and within

was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you


Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, “The one with the money, of course.

Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically, said, “I, in your place, would have taken

wisdom. Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded, “Each one takes what he doesn’t



Mr. Peters, by this time was beside himself and so great was his anger that

he wrote on Gandhi’s exam sheet the word “idiot” and gave it to Gandhi.

Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk trying very hard to

remain calm while he contemplated his next move.


A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in

a dignified but sarcastically polite tone, 

“Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade.”

Wit always wins!

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