— Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
Context: Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
A list closing an article in Young India (22 October 1925); Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi Vol. 33 (PDF) p. 135 http://www.gandhiserve.org/cwmg/VOL033.PDF
Variant: The seven blunders that human society commits and cause all the violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principles<!--PLURAL-->.
A written list given to his departing grandson Arun Gandhi (October 1947), as quoted in Marriot (Spring 1998; p.5) http://marriottschool.uberflip.com/h/i/16655510-spring-1998-exchange. <!--NAMECHECKING VARIANTS TO AVOID UNSOURCED BACK-AND-FORTH ""CORRECTIONS"" TO THE ABOVE-->Some alternative or erroneous translations exist that use intros ""There are seven sins in the world:"", ""Seven Blunders of the world:"", ""The things that will destroy us are"", and items ""politics without principle<!--SINGULAR-->"", ""education without character"", or ""business without morality"".
The list was originally written by a Socialist clergyman in England in March 1925 and was passed along to Gandhi, who published it later that year, as detailed in this article http://quezi.com/21020.