The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war.
- Vera Brittain
A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.
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
Let all bear in mind that a society is judged not so much by the standards attained by its more affluent and privileged members as by the quality of life which it is able to assure for its weakest members.
- H.E. Javier Perez de Cuellar
It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.
- Albert Camus
The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.
- Hubert H. Humphrey
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
The first essential characteristics of nonviolent action is that it is creative.
- Hildegarde Goss-Mayr
Many oppressors are also oppressed. Nonviolent confrontation is the only confrontation that allows us to respond realistically to such complexity.
- Jane Meyerding
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
The man who goes into the world believing that everyone is his enemy will very soon find his suspicions confirmed.
- Kenneth Boulding
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
- Bertrand Russell
When we yield to discouragement it is usually because we give too much thought to the past and to the future.
- Therese of Lisieux
I'm not really interested in persuading people, I don't want to and I try to make this point obvious. What I'd like to do is to help people persuade themselves.
- Noam Chomsky
Science cannot resolve moral conflicts, but it can help to more accurately frame the debates about those conflicts.