Top 39 Non-Violence Quotes

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“Dr. King used Gandhi’s commitment to non-violence and to passive resistance.”

― Al Sharpton

“Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.”

― Albert Camus

“I really believe in non-violence, but I also believe in a short of resistance that has to be respectful.”

― Alexandra Paul

“Violence is not more efficient than non-violence.”

― Andrew Young

“I’ve always been strongly on the side of non-violence.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“I do not hold to non-violence for moral reasons, but for political and practical reasons.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“I always say that non-violence is not the weapon of the weak. It is the weapon of the strong.”

― Betty Williams

“It was the understanding of the power of perception that allowed the Martin Luther King, Jr. generations to stay true to the strategy of non-violence, refusing to retaliate when every emotional instinct would justify them doing so.”

― Burgess Owens

“In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence.”

― Cesar Chavez

“There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.”

― Cesar Chavez

“Non-violence is a permanent attitude we bring to the breakfast table and bring to bed at night.”

― Coretta Scott King

“What is magnificent about humans is when they decide to turn and stand. If they respond with non-violence on principle and hold their ground, they are really magnificent.”

― James Cromwell

“Together we can decrease the level of violence, raise awareness of our activities and save lives around the world. The impact of a day of global ceasefire and non-violence cannot be underestimated.”

― Jeremy Gilley

“The foundation of my beliefs is the same as it was when I was 10. Non-violence.”

― Joan Baez

“The only thing that’s been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.”

― Joan Baez

“We were raised with that discussion about violence and non-violence, and we all pretty much came up on the side of non-violence. That became my foundation with politics and my livelihood.”

― Joan Baez

“When I was a student, I studied philosophy and religion. I talked about being patient. Some people say I was too hopeful, too optimistic, but you have to be optimistic just in keeping with the philosophy of non-violence.”

― John Lewis

“I studied the philosophy and the discipline of non-violence in Nashville as a student. And I staged a sitting-in in the fall of 1959 and got arrested the first time in February 1960.”

― John Lewis

“Non-violence is not glamorous, and you don’t see the effects right away.”

― Julia Bacha

“Non-violence is the essence of the entire Buddha’s teaching, and the practice of non-violence is the entire essence of the practice of Buddha dharma, Buddhist spirituality, in one’s life.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Non-violence is the article of faith.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I never supported violence. Before the formation of TMC, I was a member of the Congress Party. Gandhi’s Congress. Non-violence is a philosophy that runs deep.”

― Mamata Banerjee

“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Mediation is one of the most effective tools of non-violence. It can turn parties away from conflict, towards compromise.”

― Miroslav Lajcak

“There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people.”

― Nelson Mandela

“If I do not respond to some situation, my conscience kills me. I believe in permissible violence, not necessarily non-violence.”

― Pawan Kalyan

“To be violent is the ultimate laziness. War always seems a great effort, but it is the easy way. And false non-violence is also an idol.”

― Peter Brook

“How shall we remember Mahatma Gandhi, that eternal pilgrim of freedom? Born of the very spirit of India, steeped in the tradition, the song, the legend of our ancient land – and yet he was revolutionary. Unique among revolutionaries, he marched for freedom, clad in the robe of truth, with non-violence for his staff.”

― Rajiv Gandhi

“My main aim in ‘Gandhi’ was to project him as the vanguard of non-violence. Nowhere in the world has a movement of non-cooperation sans violence received so much support from masses as Gandhi’s movement in India did. He was, to a great extent, responsible for freeing his nation from the British Raj.”

― Richard Attenborough

“Nelson Mandela went to jail believing in violence, and 27 years later he and his colleagues had slowly and carefully honed the skills, the incredible skills, that they needed to turn one of the most vicious governments the world has known into a democracy. And they did it in a total devotion to non-violence.”

― Scilla Elworthy

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”

― Thomas A. Edison
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