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Nonviolence Quotes

It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

Nonviolence is a flop. The only bigger flop is violence.

Author: Joan Baez (1941)

Profession: American Singer, Songwriter

The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.

Author: Joan Baez (1941)

Profession: American Singer, Songwriter

Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39]

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

Hurt a fly! He would not for the world: he's pitiful to flies even. ''Sing,'' says he, ''and tease me still, if that's your way, poor insect.''

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Profession: British Poet

The people in power will not disappear voluntarily, giving flowers to the cops just isn't going to work. This thinking is fostered by the establishment; they like nothing better than love and nonviolence. The only way I like to see cops given flowers is in a flower pot from a high window.

Author: William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

Profession: American Writer

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be inseparable part of our very being.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence. The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother: ''We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. We will not hate you, but we will not obey your evil laws. We will soon wear you down by pure capacity to suffer.''

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Profession: American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.

Author: Malcolm X (1925-1965)

Profession: American Black Leader, Activist

To be deeply committed to negotiations, to be opposed to a particular war or military action, is not only considered unpatriotic, it also casts serious doubt on one's manhood.

Author: Myriam Miedzian

Profession: American Actor