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It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning. - Rainer Maria Rilke


The more dubious and uncertain an instrument violence has become in international relations, the more it has gained in reputation and appeal in domestic affairs, specifically in the matter of revolution. - Hannah Arendt


Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. - Martin Luther King, Jr.


Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create. - Pope John Paul II


Revenge, is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion. - Jeremy Taylor


The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own peculiar ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours. - William James


Non-violence is a flop. The only bigger flop is violence. - Joan Baez


Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one person can do against the enormous array of the world's ills, misery, ignorance, and violence. Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all those acts will be written the history of a generation. - Robert F. Kennedy


Deeds of violence in our society are performed largely by those trying to establish their self-esteem, to defend their self-image, and to demonstrate that they, too, are significant. - Rollo May