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Nonviolence quotes


Non-violence is the greatest force man has been endowed with. Truth is the only goal he has. For God is none other than Truth. But Truth cannot be, never will be reached except through non-violence.

That which distinguishes man from all other animals is his capacity to be non-violent. And he fulfills his mission only to the extent that he is non-violent and no more. He has no doubt many other gifts. But if they do not subserve the main purpose–the development of the spirit of non-violence in him–they but drag him down lower than the brute, a status from which he has only just emerged.

M. K. Gandhi


The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.”

Harry Truman, 1945, from “A Just Cause, Not a Just War”, by Howard Zinn


…it was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains…an unprotected small corner of evil.”

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago II, New York: Harper & Row, 1974, p. 615