About Ashoka the Great
- Among the emperors and historical personalities, Samrath / Emperor Ashoka is the surely only being who had decided not to battle with enemy when he won the battle. - Jawaharlal Nehru in The Discovery of India (page no. 86).
- There is the only one period in Indian history which is a period of freedom, greatness and glory. That is the period of the Mauryan empire (Ashoka's empire). - B. R. Ambedkar in Annihilation of Caste (page no. 70-71).
- Ashoka is perhaps the only emperor who hated wars because of the blood shed and cruelty. He wanted to win the souls of people with love not the bodies with sword and terror. - V. G. Gokhale.