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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.
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.
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
Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
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 defenceless people.
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.
Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Ganhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes.
Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.
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.
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.
At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence.
If I do not respond to some situation, my conscience kills me. I believe in permissible violence, not necessarily non-violence.
Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.
Violence is not more efficient than non-violence.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
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.
In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence.
I think the self-burning itself on practice of non-violence. These people, you see, they easily use bomb explosive, more casualty people. But they didn't do that. Only sacrifice their own life. So this also is part of practice of non-violence.
Non-violence is the article of faith.
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.
Dr. King used Gandhi's commitment to non-violence and to passive resistance.
Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
I've always been strongly on the side of non-violence.
Aung San Suu Kyi
Leonardo da Vinci
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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