The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
- Jane Addams
The soul of our country needs to be awakened... When leaders act contrary to conscience, we must act contrary to leaders.
- Veterans Fast for Life
Compromise does not mean cowardice.
- John F. Kennedy
What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau
Nobody was born nonviolent. No one was born charitable. None of us comes to these things by nature but only by conversion. The first duty of the nonviolent community is helping its members...come to conversion.
- Lanza del Vasto
All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.
- Leo Tolstoy
Information is the currency of democracy.
- Thomas Jefferson
When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
- Nelson Mandela
Gandhi once declared that it was his wife who unwittingly taught him the effectiveness of nonviolence. Who better than women should know that battles can be won without resort to physical strength?
- Barbara Deming
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it stands than to anything on which it is poured.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The ugliest is that man who thinks nothing is worth fighting and dying for and lets men better and braver than himself protect him.
- John Stuart Mill
The finger pulls the trigger, but the trigger may also be pulling the finger.
- Leonard Berkowitz
If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
- Joan Baez
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.