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To resort to power one need not be violent, and to speak to conscience one need not be meek. The most effective action both resorts…
The point is to change one’s life. The point is not to give some vent to the emotions that have been destroying one; the point…
The free man must be born before freedom can be won, and the brotherly man must be born before full brotherhood can be won. It…
After the revolution, let us hope, prisons simply would not exist – if by prisons we mean places that could be experienced by the men…
After the revolution, it might very well remain necessary to place people where they could not do harm to others. But the one under restraint…
This is the heart of my argument: We can put more pressure on the antagonist for whom we show human concern.
Of course it can be said of jails, too, that they try – by punishing the troublesome – to deter others. No doubt, in certain…
There should be no censorship of mail.
The injunction that we should love our neighbors as ourselves means to us equally that we should love ourselves as we love our neighbors.
All prisons that have existed in our society to date put people away as no human being should ever be put away.
We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women – whose stories, for all…
Nonviolent tactics can move into action on our behalf men not naturally inclined to act for us.
People who attack others need rationalizations for doing so. We undermine those rationalizations.
Think first of the action that is right to take, think later about coping with one’s fears.
Our task, of course, is to transmute the anger that is affliction into the anger that is determination to bring about change. I think, in…
I think the only choice that will enable us to hold to our vision… is one that abandons the concept of naming enemies and adopts…
Nonviolent action does not have to get others to be nice. It can in effect force them to consult their consciences.
Punishment cannot heal spirits, can only break them.
We believe, in fact, that the one act of respect has little force unless matched by the other – in balance with it… The acting…
The longer we listen to one another – with real attention – the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if…
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