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
The absence of risk is a sure sign of mediocrity.
- Charles de Foucauld
War stirs in men's hearts the mud of their worst instincts. It puts a premium on violence, nourishes hatred, and gives free rein to cupidity. It crushes the weak, exalts the unworthy, and bolsters tyranny.
- Charles DeGaulle
The longer we listen to one another -- with real attention -- the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.
- Barbara Deming
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
- Marcus Aurelius
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
- Albert Einstein
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
- Malcolm X
When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.
- Colleen C. Barrett
A crisis is a turning point.
- Anne Lindthorst
It belongs to the very substance of nonviolence never to destroy or damage another person's feeling of self worth, even an opponent's. We all need, constantly, an advance of trust and affirmation.
- Bernard Haring
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.
- Albert Camus
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
- Helen Keller
Peace begins when the hungry are fed.
War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.
- Norman Cousins
People try nonviolence for a week and when it doesn't 'work' they go back to violence, which hasn't worked for centuries.