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Nonviolent-Noncooperation

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn  ‘a man against his father, da daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it."    - Jesus ; Matthew 10.34-39


"Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either."

   - Jesus ; Luke 6:29


"To question and rebel means to organize resistance. What we need now and what we will need in the coming years is a broad, comprehensive resistance movement against militarism, a movement that includes members of every political grouping from the center to the left. We have to take up the cause of peace, take sides with life, interfere nonviolently and illegally. I think we can learn the most for our purposes from the liberation struggles in the Third World. I have been given a leaflet from the resistance movement in Chile, a leaflet that can be distributed there only at the risk of one’s life. These Chileans are reflecting on their situation, on what it means to live under a dictatorship and what is happening to them as a result. I think we can adopt a great deal of what they say, for they say: ‘Rebel! Don’t cooperate with death! Choose life!’ They also say: ‘Don’t let them steal away your soul! Amen!’"
   - Dorothee Sölle ; Of War and Love


"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you."    - Jesus ; Matthew 10.16


“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not retaliate against an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."    - Jesus ; Matthew 5.38-42


People try to do all sorts of clever and difficult things to improve life instead of doing the simplest, easiest thing—refusing to participate in activities that make life bad.    - Leo Tolstoy ; Path of Life


Nothing has contributed so much to the obscuring of Christian truth in the eyes of the heathen, and has hindered so much the diffusion of Christianity through the world, as the disregard of [non-resistance to evil by force] by men calling themselves Christians, and the permission of war and violence to Christians.

   - Leo Tolstoy ; The Kingdom of God Is Within You


So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

   - Jesus ; Matthew 7.12-14


We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers.

   - Bayard Rustin ; ORGANIZING MANUAL NO. 2; FINAL PLANS FOR MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR JOBS AND FREEDOM, AUGUST 28, 1963


Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.    - Pope John Paul II ; July 3, 1980


The greatest victories of the church were all won before Constantine, in the days when there was no Christian army and when the true Christian soldier was the martyr, whose witness for Christ was nonviolent.

   - Thomas Merton ; Peace in the Post Christian Era


"While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.'  Then he fell on his knees and cried out, 'Lord, do not hold this sin against them.' When he had said this, he fell asleep."    - Luke ; Acts 7.59-60  


"When the fear of jail disappears, repression puts heart into the people."    - Gandhi ; The Onion Thief


"Jesus did not advocate non-violence merely as a technique for outwitting the enemy, but as a just means of opposing the enemy in such a way as to hold open the possibility of the enemy's becoming just as well."    - Walter Wink ;


For this cause I too am prepared to die, but for no cause, my friend, will I be prepared to kill.    - Mahatma Gandhi ; Unsourced Quotations


The cross is a paradoxical religious symbol because it inverts the world’s value system with the news that hope comes by way of defeat, that suffering and death do not have the last word, that the last shall be first and the first last.    - James H. Cone ; The Cross and the Lynching Tree


The only meaningful Christian response is to resist unjust suffering and to accept the painful consequence of that resistance.

   - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


Moreover, we must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil.    - King Jr, Martin Luther ; A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart


At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love. The nonviolent resister would contend that in the struggle for human dignity, the oppressed people of the world must not succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter or indulging in hate campaigns. To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives.    - King Jr, Martin Luther ; A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings


“The end is redemption and reconciliation, the aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness.”    - King Jr, Martin Luther ; A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings


The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.    - Lucretius ; Roman poet and philosopher from the first century B.C.


In a gentle way, you can shake the world.    - Gandhi ; Quit India Speech, (1942)


We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.    - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963


The God of Peace is never glorified by human violence.

   - Thomas Merton ; No Man Is An Island


You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?    - Jesus ; Matthew 5.43-48


How does one live at the end of the world? By starting a new one.

   - Kevin C. Patz, United States vs. Kevin C. Patz; Seattle, Washington; September 12, 1977 (one of many such trials of people who went onto the Trident submarine base to stop nuclear war.) ; Jame's Douglass' Lightning East to West; Jesus, Gandhi and the Nuclear Age. p. 75


"You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

   - Jesus ; Matthew 5.38-42


As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you."

   - Jesus ; Luke 19.41-44 (emphasis added)


Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorists group. I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child. I want education for the sons and the daughters of all the extremists especially the Taliban.

I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me. I would not shoot him. This is the compassion that I have learnt from Muhammad-the prophet of mercy, Jesus christ and Lord Buddha. This is the legacy of change that I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of non-violence that I have learnt from Gandhi Jee, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learnt from my mother and father. This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone.

Dear sisters and brothers, we realise the importance of light when we see darkness. We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced.

   - Malala Yousafzai ; Speech at United Nations; July 15, 2013


"I’ve seen too much hate to want to hate, myself, and every time I see it, I say to myself, hate is too great a burden to bear. Somehow we must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say: ‘We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you. We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws and abide by the unjust system, because non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good, so throw us in jail and we will still love you. Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and, as difficult as it is, we will still love you. Send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our communities at the midnight hour and drag us out on some wayside road and leave us half-dead as you beat us, and we will still love you. Send your propaganda agents around the country and make it appear that we are not fit, culturally and otherwise, for integration, but we’ll still love you. But be assured that we’ll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory."

   - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; Christmas Sermon, 1967


Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"

   - Jesus ; John 21.18,19


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