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Nonviolence

  • For you'll ne'er mend your fortunes, nor help the just cause, / By breaking of windows, or breaking of laws.

    • Hannah More,
    • speech (1817), in H. Thompson, The Life of Hannah More ()
  • A liberation movement that is nonviolent sets the oppressor free as well as the oppressed.

    • Barbara Deming,
    • in Jane Meyerding, ed., We Are All Part of One Another: A Barbara Deming Reader ()
  • ... nonviolent actions are by their nature androgynous. In them the two impulses that have long been treated as distinct, 'masculine' and 'feminine,' the impulse of self-assertion and the impulse of sympathy, are clearly joined; the very genius of nonviolence, in fact, is that it demonstrates them to be indivisible, and so restores human community ...

    • Barbara Deming,
    • "Two Perspectives on Women&pos;s Struggle," We Cannot Live Without Our Lives ()
  • That's all nonviolence is — organized love.

  • The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of nonviolence has been the organization of violence.

  • Anybody can act violently — there is nothing to it; but not every person is able to destroy his enemy with words.

  • While an ethic of justice proceeds from the premise of equality — that everyone should be treated the same — an ethic of care rests on the premise of nonviolence — that no one should be hurt.

  • But nonviolence was never for the oppressor; it was for the oppressed.

    • Nikki Giovanni,
    • "About a Poem," Sacred Cows ... And Other Edibles ()
  • ... nonviolence first changes the individual.

  • If a house is burning, and bucket of water is thrown on the blaze and doesn't extinguish the fire, this doesn't mean that water won't put out fire. It means we need more water. And so with nonviolence.

  • I'm convinced nonviolence can be successful in working for positive change in our relations with other countries right now.