“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”Mohandas Gandhi
This saying has been attributed to the famous Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. However, Gandhi died in 1948, and the earliest close match to the above quote appeared many years later in a book written by Arleen Lorrance published in 1974. Lorrance described her unhappiness while employed at a high school in Brooklyn, New York. A chapter in her book was titled “The Love Project”, and Lorrance was the initiator and facilitator of the project. The saying under examination was a core principle. (Emphasis in references added by me.)
In 1975 a newspaper in Reno, Nevada presented a remark from a local minister who was familiar with a key principle of “The Love Project”:
In 1913 Mohandas Gandhi published a piece about snakebites that included a thematically matching passage:
I will let you, the reader, decide to whom the credit for the above quote should go.