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Positive Quotes about Nonviolence

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We may never be strong enough to be entirely
nonviolent in thought, word and deed.
But we must keep nonviolence as our goal
and make strong progress towards it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical
violence but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonviolence is a flop.
The only bigger flop is violence.
- Joan Baez

All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for
his bravery and commitment to civil rights and nonviolence
that changed this nation -
and world -
for the better.
- Eliot Engel

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Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon.
which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.
It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts,
than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

That's all nonviolence is - organized love.
- Joan Baez

 

In nonviolence you must go full steam ahead,
if you want the good to come speedily you must go about it with vigor.
- Vinoba Bhave

I have always believed in dialogue and in nonviolence,
and if you look at my background you will see that
it has always been my policy to talk to everyone.
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.
- Malcolm X

CORE was committed to nonviolence, but I was not.
- June Jordan

So, at the age of nine, I became a monk,
and from then on I was there practicing that kind of nonviolence.
- Satish Kumar

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the
greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation -
through compassion and courage -
about democracy,
nonviolence and racial justice.
- Mark Pryor

We who engage in nonviolent direct action
are not the creators of tension.
We merely bring to the surface
the hidden tension that is already alive.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Politics is not perfect but it's the best available
nonviolent means of changing how we live.
- Maynard Jackson

Nonviolent tactics can move into action on our behalf
men not naturally inclined to act for us.
- Barbara Deming

That is someone who follows the teachings of the nonviolent
Jesus and takes the gospel personally,
and then pays the price.
I fall into that category.
- Martin Sheen

I still believe in the nonviolent Jesus and the basic
human goodness present in all of us.
- Martin Sheen

Nonviolent action does not have to get others to be nice.
It can in effect force them to consult their consciences.
- Barbara Deming

I think art is inherently nonviolent and it actually
occupies your mind with creation rather than destruction.
- Anthony Kiedis

As a civil rights leader, Mrs.
King's vision of racial peace and nonviolent social
change was a fortifying staple in advancing the civil rights movement.
- James T. Walsh

I think the only choice that will enable us to hold to our vision...
is one that abandons the concept of naming enemies
and adopts a concept familiar to the nonviolent tradition:
naming behavior that is oppressive.
- Barbara Deming

I rejected the armed struggle because,
as a Christian, I am committed to a nonviolent and peaceful struggle.
But people take their own initiatives,
because it is a Lebanon type of situation here.
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Addiction should never be treated as a crime.
It has to be treated as a health problem.
We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country.
Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users.
- Ralph Nader

So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn't because of Black Power,
isn't because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee;
it's not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities.
- Stokely Carmichael

The roster of Nobel Peace Prize winners,
though it has some strange people on it from time to time,
tends to feature folks who fought for social justice
in a nonviolent and constructive way somehow.
- Guy Burgess

One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change
one works for seems impossible.
- Daniel Berrigan

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James

People love chopping wood.
In this activity one immediately sees results.
- Albert Einstein

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We will either find a way or make one.
- Hannibal

One movement toward light becomes a clear signpost on a long road.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
- Helen Keller

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

One whispered yes becomes the wind song over an ocean of no's.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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