Men are so accustomed to maintaining external order by violence that they cannot conceive of life being possible without violence.
- Leo Tolstoy
The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
- Steven King
It is clear that the way to heal society of its violence...and lack of love is to replace the pyramid of domination with the circle of equality and respect.
You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.
- Rwandan Proverb
Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
- Abraham Lincoln
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
Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat.
- John Boyes
There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity.
- Elise Boulding
No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.
- Marian Anderson
The first essential characteristics of nonviolent action is that it is creative.
- Hildegarde Goss-Mayr
We must be the change we wish to see.
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
- Heda Bejar
Peace is the skillful management of conflict.
- Kenneth Boulding
There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
- Havelock Ellis
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.