Best Quotes About Nonviolence

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. -Mahatma Gandhi

That's all nonviolence is – organized love. -Joan Baez

We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it. -Mahatma Gandhi

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation – through compassion and courage – about democracy, nonviolence and racial justice. -Mark Pryor

All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for his bravery and commitment to civil rights and nonviolence that changed this nation – and world – for the better. -Eliot Engel

So, at the age of nine, I became a monk, and from then on I was there practicing that kind of nonviolence. -Satish Kumar

I have always believed in dialogue and in nonviolence, and if you look at my background you will see that it has always been my policy to talk to everyone. -Mangosuthu Buthelezi

In nonviolence you must go full steam ahead, if you want the good to come speedily you must go about it with vigor. -Vinoba Bhave

CORE was committed to nonviolence, but I was not. -June Jordan

We must, I believe, start teaching our children the sanity of nonviolence much earlier. -Alice Walker

I will repeat again that females are the symbols of nonviolence. Another thing I would say is that a female is more compromising. A female can talk with anyone easily. -Yingluck Shinawatra

Violence and nonviolence are, after all, two different forms of theater. They both depend and thrive on the response of an audience. -Julia Bacha

One of the principles of nonviolence is that you leave your opponents whole and better off than you found them. -Andrew Young

We must always refill and ensure there is a critical mass of leaders and activists committed to nonviolence and racial and economic justice who will keep seeding and building transforming movements. -Marian Wright Edelman

The longer you practice nonviolence and the meditative qualities of it that you will need, the more likely you are to do something intelligent in any situation. -Joan Baez

My way of putting it is that Christians are called to live nonviolently not because we believe nonviolence is a strategy to rid the world of war, but in a world of war as faithful followers of Christ, we cannot imagine being anything other than nonviolent. -Stanley Hauerwas

Christian nonviolence must be embodied in a community that is an alternative to the world's violence. -Stanley Hauerwas

Christians are nonviolent not, therefore, because we believe that nonviolence is a strategy to rid the world of war, but because nonviolence is constitutive of what it means to be a disciple to Jesus. -Stanley Hauerwas

Demonstrations must be dignified and nonviolent, as the overwhelming protests in Ferguson and Staten Island have been. Do not confuse anarchists who don't want the system to work and thugs who want to exploit a situation with the majority who from day one have operated with impeccable nonviolence and clear goals. -Al Sharpton

We know that peace is only possible when it is the fruit of justice. True peace is a profound transformation by means of the force of nonviolence that is the power of love. -Adolfo Perez Esquivel

I just think that if one is going to preach nonviolence and one is going to advocate for nonviolence, one's standard should be consistent. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

The relationship between violence and nonviolence in this country is interesting. The fact of the matter is, you know, people do respond to riots. The 1968 Housing Act was in large response to riots that broke out after Dr. Martin Luther King was killed. They cited these as an actual inspiration. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

Nelson Mandela sat in a South African prison for 27 years. He was nonviolent. He negotiated his way out of jail. His honor and suffering of 27 years in a South African prison is really ultimately what brought about the freedom of South Africa. That is nonviolence. -Coretta Scott King

I think the really significant part of it for us, for the western world, is we have a lot to gain from the Tibetans – there are certain lessons that are within Tibetan culture. I mean understandings of compassion and of nonviolence that are things that we really lack in our society. -Adam Yauch

Peace, unity, love, and nonviolence should be our rallying cry and the catalyst for change in our nation. -Tony Evans

King-ian nonviolence is a way of thinking and living and is not confined to the work of social and systemic change. -Bernice King

Daddy taught us through his philosophy of nonviolence, which placed love at the centerpiece, that through that love we can turn enemies into friends. Through that love, we can create more dignified atmospheres. -Bernice King

Like my father, I believe that nonviolence is the antidote to what he called 'the triple evils of racism, poverty and militarism.' These three evils were consuming our hopes for community in 1964, and, fifty years later, we remain divided because of their festering effects. -Bernice King

Consider all of the possibilities for positive global progress if we utilized nonviolence as the central value of our culture, encompassing our law enforcement and labor practices, which currently include people in numerous nations working for inhumane wages in unhealthy conditions. -Bernice King

We must rediscover our faith in the future and join with one another to ensure that nonviolence is the prevalent choice for government, law enforcement, the non-profit sector, business, education, media, entertainment, arts, and for the global citizenry. -Bernice King

Choosing nonviolence does not mean that one will never get angry or become upset with others, including the ones we love. -Bernice King

If each of us works toward making a sincere effort when we wake up each morning with a renewed commitment and dedication to embracing nonviolence as a lifestyle, this world will become a better place, bringing us ever closer to the Beloved Community of which my father so often spoke. -Bernice King

My work has always been rooted in nonviolence, as espoused by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. -Linda Sarsour

We are rooted in Kingian nonviolence. -Linda Sarsour

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