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Nonviolence Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Nonviolence.

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

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

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

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

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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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forgiveness is not always easy.
At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered,
to forgive the one that inflicted it.
And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
- Marianne Williamson

We may have different religions, different
languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

One must know not just how to accept a gift,
but with what grace to share it.
- Maya Angelou

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
- e. e. cummings

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Whether one believes in a religion or not,
and whether one believes in rebirth or not,
there isn't anyone who doesn't
appreciate kindness and compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
- The Buddha

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

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

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

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity
are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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 can pay back the loan of gold,
but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
- Malayan Proverb

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir


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