Non Violence Quotes

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Thomas A. Edison
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
Thomas A. Edison

Arundhati Roy
“Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe. ”
Arundhati Roy, Public Power in the Age of Empire

Malcolm X
“Concerning non-violence: it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.”
Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements

Amit Ray
“Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.”
Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

Mother Teresa
“We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.”
Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living

Mahatma Gandhi
“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so. Now the law of nonviolence says that violence should be resisted not by counter-violence but by nonviolence. This I do by breaking the law and by peacefully submitting to arrest and imprisonment.”
Mahatma Gandhi, Non-violence in Peace and War 1942-49

Chief Joseph
“I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more.”
Chief Joseph

Mahatma Gandhi
“I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Martin Luther King Jr.
“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Thomas Merton
“Peace cannot be built on exclusivism, absolutism, and intolerance. But neither can it be built on vague liberal slogans and pious programs gestated in the smoke of confabulation. There can be no peace on earth without the kind of inner change that brings man back to his "right mind." p. 31”
Thomas Merton, Gandhi on Non-Violence

Amit Ray
“Your blessings are very important to melt down the stony hearts.”
Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

“Islam teaches tolerance, not hatred; universal brotherhood, not enmity; peace, and not violence.”
Parwez Musharraf

Andrea Dworkin
“When I say that we must establish values with originate in sisterhood, I mean to say that we must not accept, even for a moment, male notions of what non-violence is. These notions have never condemned the systematic violence against us. The men who hold these notions have never renounced the male behaviours, privileges, values and conceits which are in and of themselves acts of violence against us.”
Andrea Dworkin

Mahatma Gandhi
“The first principal of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.”
Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi on Non-Violence

Amit Ray
“Among all the methods, non-violence is most successful, and I strongly believe that only non-violence can set the true mood of peace and harmony among the nuclear nations. Our experiments with non-violence should be more wide, more engaging and more humble.”
Amit Ray, Nuclear Weapons Free World Peace on the Earth

Cornelia Maude Spelman
“When I feel angry, I want to say something mean, or yell, or hit. But feeling like I want to is not the same as doing it. Feeling can't hurt anyone or get me into trouble, but doing can." (Bunny from picture book)”
Cornelia Maude Spelman, When I Feel Angry

Amit Ray
“COVID-19 is not just a medical challenge, but a spiritual challenge too. To defeat covid humanity need to follow the path of self-purification, compassion, nonviolence, God and the Nature.”
Amit Ray, Peace Bliss Beauty and Truth: Living with Positivity

Thomas Merton
“The most awful tyranny is that of the proximate Utopia where the last sins are currently being eliminated and where, tomorrow, there will be no more sins because all the sinners will have been wiped out. p. 22”
Thomas Merton, Gandhi on Non-Violence

Widad Akreyi
“Unnecessary bureaucracy hinders creativity, growth, justice and the attainment of peace.”
Widad Akrawi

Shunya
“If two deer meet in a jungle, they silently eat the grass or play. I am this... You did this... How dare you say that... All these arguments take place only when one of them is not a deer. And these arguments will reach no conclusion.
They should either silently accept each other or silently walk away. Silence is the most natural thing in both the cases.”
Shunya

Widad Akreyi
“To achieve peace, it is crucial to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy that prevents peace processes from advancing.”
Widad Akrawi

Thomas Merton
“In the use of force, one simplifies the situation by assuming that the evil to be overcome is clear-cut, definite, and irreversible. Hence there remains but one thing: to eliminate it. Any dialogue with the sinner, any question of the irreversibility of his act, only means faltering and failure. Failure to eliminate evil is itself a defeat. Anything that even remotely risks such defeat is in itself capitulation to evil. The irreversibility of evil then reaches out to contaminate even the tolerant thought of the hesitant crusader who, momentarily, doubts the total evil of the enemy he is about to eliminate. p. 21”
Thomas Merton, Gandhi on Non-Violence

Mahatma Gandhi
“Live simply so others may simply live”
Mahatma Gandhi, Peace: The Words and Inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi

Amit Kalantri
“Returning insult for insult is justice, returning injury for insult is injustice.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Shunya
“If you feel that you are the owner of your body-mind, you are violent. No matter how much you suppress your violent energy, it will come out in some form, You will either harm yourself or others.”
Shunya

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“You love doing your haters a favor by putting them out of their misery at close proximity with wide-barreled arms of inclusivity.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

“Pacifism is not a panacea; it asks only that people should relinquish the habit of deliberate imposition of suffering.”
Hugh Underhill, Pacifism: An Introductory Perspective

“We dined at a vegetarian restaurant with the enticing name ‘I Eat Nobody,’ and Tolstoy's picture prominent on the walls, and then sallied out into the streets.”
John Reed, Ten Days That Shook the World

“Peace is the girl next door, Violence is a Diva!”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

AVIS Viswanathan
“Ahimsa is as relevant today, particularly to our inner well-being, as it was to Gandhi or during his time. Ahimsa is not about non-violent action. It is about non-violent thought in the first place. A lot of the negativity in us comes from how much anger we are carrying in us – for the people and situations around us. Just stopping to curse errant people on the street is a good starting point to embracing ahimsa. Practice it. It works big time!”
AVIS Viswanathan

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