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Pacifism quotes by Gautama Buddha
#1. Those who attempt to conquer hatred by hatred are like warriors who take weapons to overcome others who bear arms. This does not end hatred, but gives it room to grow. But, ancient wisdom has advocated a different timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-hatred. The method of trying to conquer hatred through hatred never succeeds in overcoming hatred. But, the method of overcoming hatred through non-hatred is eternally effective. That is why that method is described as eternal wisdom. #Quote by Gautama Buddha
Pacifism quotes by Alfred North Whitehead
#2. The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals. #Quote by Alfred North Whitehead
Pacifism quotes by Barbara Brookes
#3. Twenty two year old Connie Jones, who had boarded in the home of charismatic Methodist and pacifist Ormond Burton, was a member of the No More War movement and the Christian Pacifist Society. She first attended the Friday night public meetings at which the pacifists argued their case in 1941. She stepped onto the podium, stating, "the Lord Jesus Christ tells us to love one another," and was promptly arrested by Wellington's chief inspector of police. Charged with obstruction under the Emergency Regulations, she was sentenced to three months' hard labour with harsh conditions at the Point Halswell Reformatory - an experience that did nothing to dampen her commitment to pacifism. #Quote by Barbara Brookes
Pacifism quotes by Colum McCann
#4. She wanted to tell him so much, on the tarmac, the day he left. The world is run by brutal men and the surest proof is their armies. If they ask you to stand still, you should dance. If they ask you to burn the flag, wave it. If they ask you to murder, re-create. Theorem, anti-theorem, corollary, anti-corollary. Underline it twice. It's all there in the numbers. Listen to your mother. Listen to me, Joshua. Look me in the eyes. I have something to tell you. #Quote by Colum McCann
Pacifism quotes by Dwight Macdonald
#5. Pacifism, to me, is primarily a way of actively struggling against injustice and inhumanity; My kind of pacifism may be called "non-violent resistance". #Quote by Dwight Macdonald
Pacifism quotes by Michelle Templet
#6. On 11 September 2001, a bunch of Saudis killed almost 3000 US civilians, which led to the construction of a monument in New York City. My question is: Are we also going to build monuments in Kabul, Baghdad, and Tripoli to commemorate the thousands of civilians the US has killed since then? By the way, I should mention that neither Kabul, Baghdad, nor Tripoli is in Saudi Arabia; supposedly, the Saudis are our "friends", and if you'll forgive the old cliché, with friends like these, who needs enemies? #Quote by Michelle Templet
Pacifism quotes by Clive Barker
#7. And to think, she'd once had the hots for him, back in the old days (six months ago) when razor-thin men with noses like Durante and an encyclopaedic knowledge of de Niro movies had really been her style. Now she saw him for what he was, flotsam from a lost ship of hope. Still a pill-freak, still a theoretical bisexual, still devoted to early Polanski movies and symbolic pacifism. #Quote by Clive Barker
Pacifism quotes by Ludwig Quidde
#8. Among pacifists it was above all the English who always insisted on the importance of disarmament. They said that the man in the street would not understand the kind of pacifism that neglected to demand immediate restriction of armaments. #Quote by Ludwig Quidde
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#9. Despotic governments can stand 'moral force' till the cows come home; what they fear is physical force. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Ta-Nehisi Coates
#10. I was peace pipes and treaties. My style was to talk and duck. It was an animal tactic, playing dead in hopes that the predators would move to an actual fight. #Quote by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#11. Pacifism is a psychological curiosity rather than a political movement. Some of the extremer pacifists, starting out with a complete renunciation of violence, have ended by warmly championing Hitler and even toying with antisemitism. This is interesting, but it is not important. 'Pure' pacifism, which is a by-product of naval power, can only appeal to people in very sheltered positions. Moreover, being negative and irresponsible, it does not inspire much devotion. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Olaf Stapledon
#12. It was strange to us that none of these three victims made any attempt to resist the attack. Indeed, not one inhabitant in any of these worlds considered for a moment the possibility of resistance. In every case the attitude to disaster seemed to express itself in such terms as these:
To retaliate would be to wound our communal spirit beyond cure. We choose rather to die. The theme of spirit that we have created must inevitably be broken short, whether by the ruthlessness of the invader or by our own resort to arms. It is better to be destroyed than to triumph in slaying the spirit. Such as it is, the spirit that we have achieved is fair; and it is indestructibly woven into the tissue of the cosmos. We die praising the universe in which at least such an achievement as ours can be. We die knowing that the promise of further glory outlives us in other galaxies. We die praising the Star Maker, the Star Destroyer. #Quote by Olaf Stapledon
Pacifism quotes by Joachim Kahl
#13. In the name of Christ, Protestant pastors belong to fascist groups. In the name of Christ, Catholic bishops sympathise with the aims of neo-Nazis. As a Christian, it is possible to be either a loyal communist, or a fanatical anti-communist. As a Christian, it is possible to preach pacifism or to give one's blessing to the production and the use of the atomic bomb. #Quote by Joachim Kahl
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#14. The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to taking life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists, whose real though unacknowledged motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writing of the younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States ... #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Evan Currie
#15. she knew that pacifism was the superior way of life. The problem was that it was a lot like communism in that it was only perfect on paper. Put it in the real world and things fell apart fast because it depended on the good will and behavior of people for it to work. And people are an ugly sort at the best of times. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man was kind. In the land of pacifists, it was the man who was willing to throw a punch. #Quote by Evan Currie
Pacifism quotes by Mark Steel
#16. The statement by Paul McCartney that, although he was a pacifist, he couldn't be at this time of war. Which is as daft as being a vegetarian between meals. #Quote by Mark Steel
Pacifism quotes by Peter Gelderloos
#17. At first glance, a militant conception of revolution seems more impractical than a nonviolent conception, but this is because it is realistic. People need to understand that capitalism, the state, white supremacy, imperialism, and patriarchy all constitute a war against the people of this planet. And revolution is an intensification of that war. We cannot liberate ourselves and create the worlds we want to live in if we think of fundamental social change as shining a light in the darkness, winning hearts and minds, speaking truth to power, bearing witness, capturing people's attention, or any other passive parade. Millions of people die every year on this planet for no better reason than a lack of clean drinking water. Because the governments and corporations that have usurped control of the commons have not found a way to profit from those people's lives, they let them die. Millions of people die every year because a few corporations and their allied governments do not want to allow the production of generic AIDS drugs and other medicine. Do you think the institutions and the elite individuals who hold the power of life or death over millions give a fuck about our protests? They have declared war on us, and we need to take it back to them. Not because we are angry (though we should be), not to get revenge, and not because we are acting impulsively, but because we have weighed the possibility of freedom against the certainty of shame from living under whatever form of dominat #Quote by Peter Gelderloos
Pacifism quotes by Michel Templet
#18. If I went on a killing spree that left thousands of people dead, I'd be branded as the worst kind of criminal. So why it is okay for the government to do exactly that? #Quote by Michel Templet
Pacifism quotes by Henry A. Kissinger
#19. If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless. #Quote by Henry A. Kissinger
Pacifism quotes by William Most
#20. It would certainly not be correct to speak of a tradition of pacifism in the Church. Our survey shows only four early writers - not all should be called Fathers - who are absolute pacifists. They are: Marcion, who is a formal heretic; Tatian, also a formal heretic, Tertullian, who expressed pacifism only after becoming a heretical Montanist; before that he was not pacifistic; and Lactantius who in the passage in which he expressed pacifism also contradicted St. Paul, which is substantially the same as heresy. So there is not even one respectable example of pacifism in the Fathers. #Quote by William Most
Pacifism quotes by Dalton Trumbo
#21. There are lots of idealists around who will say, 'Have we got so low that nothing is more precious than life? Surely there are ideals worth fighting for - even dying for. If not, we are worse than the beasts of the field - and have sunk into barbarity.'

Then you say, 'That's all right. Let's be barbarous - just as long as we don't have war. #Quote by Dalton Trumbo
Pacifism quotes by Peter Gelderloos
#22. Besides the fact that the typical pacifist is quite clearly white and middle class, pacifism as an ideology comes from a privileged context. It ignores that violence is already here; that violence is an unavoidable, structurally integral part of the current social hierarchy; and that it is people of color who are most affected by that violence. Pacifism assumes that white people who grew up in the suburbs with all their basic needs met can counsel oppressed people, many of whom are people of color, to suffer patiently under an inconceivably greater violence, until such time as the Great White Father is swayed by the movement's demands or the pacifists achieve that legendary "critical mass." [...] Nonviolence declares that the American Indians could have fought off Columbus, George Washington, and all the other genocidal butchers with sit-ins; that Crazy Horse, by using violent resistance, became part of the cycle of violence, and was "as bad as" Custer. Nonviolence declares that Africans could have stopped the slave trade with hunger strikes and petitions, and that those who mutinied were as bad as their captors; that mutiny, a form of violence, led to more violence, and, thus, resistance led to more enslavement. Nonviolence refuses to recognize that it can only work for privileged people, who have a status protected by violence, as the perpetrators and beneficiaries of a violent hierarchy. #Quote by Peter Gelderloos
Pacifism quotes by Burt Prelutsky
#23. The main problem with pacifism is that it doesn't work in all situations. The main problem with pacifists is that they're convinced it does. #Quote by Burt Prelutsky
Pacifism quotes by Ludwig Von Mises
#24. Except for Christianity, the Nazis reject as Jewish everything which stems from Jewish authors. This condemnation includes the writings of those Jews who, like Stahl, Lassalle, Gumplowicz, and Rathenau, have contributed many essential ideas to the system of Nazism. But the Jewish mind is, as the Nazis say, not limited to the Jews and their offspring only. Many "Aryans" have been imbued with Jewish mentality - for instance the poet, writer, and critic Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, the socialist Frederick Engels, the composer Johannes Brahms, the writer Thomas Mann, and the theologian Karl Barth. They too are damned. Then there are whole schools of thought, art, and literature rejected as Jewish. Internationalism and pacifism are Jewish, but so is warmongering. So are liberalism and capitalism, as well as the "spurious" socialism of the Marxians and of the Bolsheviks. The epithets Jewish and Western are applied to the philosophies of Descartes and Hume, to positivism, materialism and empiro-criticism, to the economic theories both of the classics and of modern subjectivism. Atonal music, the Italian opera style, the operetta and the paintings of impressionism are also Jewish. In short, Jewish is what any Nazi dislikes. If one put together everything that various Nazis have stigmatized as Jewish, one would get the impression that our whole civilization has been the achievement only of Jews. #Quote by Ludwig Von Mises
Pacifism quotes by Aristophanes
#25. Magistrate: May I die a thousand deaths ere I obey one who wears a veil!
Lysistrata: If that's all that troubles you, here take my veil, wrap it round your head, and hold your tounge. Then take this basket; put on a girdle, card wool, munch beans. The War shall be women's business. #Quote by Aristophanes
Pacifism quotes by Gerard Way
#26. Say what you want but you NEVER say it with violence! #Quote by Gerard Way
Pacifism quotes by Mark Hanna
#27. War is just a damn nuisance. #Quote by Mark Hanna
Pacifism quotes by Jeannette Rankin
#28. We'd be the safest country in the world if the world knew we didn't have a gun. Men are not killed because they get mad at each other. They're killed because one has a gun. #Quote by Jeannette Rankin
Pacifism quotes by Hal Duncan
#29. I'm sort of exploring where pacifism and socialism come into conflict. How do you reconcile a passionate rejection of might and violence with an attitude of "nil paseran" - "none shall pass" - in the face of fascism? #Quote by Hal Duncan
Pacifism quotes by Kurt Vonnegut
#30. Unfortunately, that still leaves plenty of Americans who don't read much or think much
who will still be extremely useful in unjust wars. We are sick about that. We did the best we could. #Quote by Kurt Vonnegut
Pacifism quotes by Walter Wink
#31. The tragedy is not that nonviolence did not work against the Nazis, but that it was so seldom utilized ... The churches as a whole were too docile or anti-semitic, and too ignorant of the nonviolent message of the Gospel, to act effectively to resist the Nazis or act in solidarity with the Jews. #Quote by Walter Wink
Pacifism quotes by Marwan Barghouti
#32. I am not a terrorist, but neither am I a pacifist. I am simply a regular guy from the Palestinian street advocating only what every other oppressed person has advocated-the right to help myself in the absence of help from anywhere else. #Quote by Marwan Barghouti
Pacifism quotes by Malcolm X
#33. Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down. #Quote by Malcolm X
Pacifism quotes by Kenneth Patchen
#34. I tell you that what has changed is the whole conception of human life- that men of every race on this earth may have the same opportunity to live beautifully- to live in purity without fear or hunger or hatred- as brothers, not as brutes tearing through these hideous swamps of ignorance and war. Men speak of a belief in God. I am beginning to understand what every Christ- and their skins have been every color- what every Christ has taught: That love of God is love of mankind. That no one can profess to love God while he hates the least of his fellows. Jesus, if He were on earth right now, would fight to free men from oppression and evil and war; and you who have made a pious mockery of his every commandment- you would kill Him. #Quote by Kenneth Patchen
Pacifism quotes by Julian T. Jackson
#35. Vichy emerged not only from what divided the French but also what united them: pacifism, fear of population decline, loss of confidence in national identity, anti-Semitism, discontent with existing political institutions, ambivalence about modernity. The existence of this common #Quote by Julian T. Jackson
Pacifism quotes by Chris Hedges
#36. Jesus was a pacifist. #Quote by Chris Hedges
Pacifism quotes by Peter Gelderloos
#37. Nonviolence is an inherently privileged position in the modern context. Besides the fact that the typical pacifist is quite clearly white and middle class, pacifism as an ideology comes from a privileged context. It ignores that violence is already here; that violence is an unavoidable, structurally integral part of the current social hierarchy; and that it is people of color who are most affected by that violence. Pacifism assumes that white people who grew up in the suburbs with all their basic needs met can counsel oppressed people, many of whom are people of color, to suffer patiently under an inconceivably greater violence, until such time as the Great White Father is swayed by the movement's demands or the pacifists achieve that legendary "critical mass. #Quote by Peter Gelderloos
Pacifism quotes by Desiderius Erasmus
#38. Nothing doth worse become a man (I will not say a Christian man) than war. #Quote by Desiderius Erasmus
Pacifism quotes by Albert Einstein
#39. Nothing will end war unless the people refuse to go to war. #Quote by Albert Einstein
Pacifism quotes by Brian K. Vaughan
#40. Marko: No matter what mistakes you've see your daddy make, violence---magical or otherwise---is never acceptable.

Petrichor: Nonsense, Marko. Violence is often essential: in self-defense, the arts foreplay...

Hazel: I want to four-play! #Quote by Brian K. Vaughan
Pacifism quotes by Reza Aslan
#41. The common depiction of Jesus as an inveterate peacemaker who "loved his enemies" and "turned the other cheek" has been built mostly on his portrayal as an apolitical preacher with no interest in or, for that matter, knowledge of politically turbulent world in which he lived. That picture of Jesus has already been shown to be complete fabrication. The Jesus of history had a far more complex attitude toward violence. There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but sword" (Matthew 10:34 / Luke 12:51) #Quote by Reza Aslan
Pacifism quotes by Andre Schwarz-Bart
#42. It is night at the front, a shadow, a shot. The Jew who has just fired
hears a moan ...
And then, mother, the hair stands up on his head, for only a few feet from him in the darkness the enemy voice is reciting in Hebrew the prayer of the dying. Ai, God, the soldier has cut down a Jewish brother! Ai, misery! He drops his rifle and runs into no man's land, insane with shame and grief. Insane, you understand? The enemy fires at him, his comrades shout at him to come back. But he refuses; he stays in no man's land and dies. Ai, misery, ai ... ! #Quote by Andre Schwarz-Bart
Pacifism quotes by L. Joseph Shosty
#43. Lionel was filled with awful remorse. He asked where had Thomas been last seen, and the boy told him he was headed for the church. Lionel nodded and went home to fetch his shotgun. Throughout the crisis he had done no violence, preferring to preach the sanity of pacifism to the flock. This was different. This was a requirement of the father to the son. He prayed over the shotgun while Darla wailed with the children in the living room. He got in his truck and drove to the church. -- From "The South Fork Penance #Quote by L. Joseph Shosty
Pacifism quotes by Ben Ferencz
#44. If they tell me they want war instead of peace I don't see they're naive, I see they're stupid; stupid to an incredible degree to send young people out to kill other young people they don't even know, who never did anybody any harm. #Quote by Ben Ferencz
Pacifism quotes by Emma Goldman
#45. Whether love last but one brief span of time or for eternity, it is the only creative, inspiring, elevating basis for a new race, a new world. #Quote by Emma Goldman
Pacifism quotes by Adolf Hitler
#46. In actual fact the pacifistic-humane idea is perfectly all right perhaps when the highest type of man has previously conquered and subjected the world to an extent that makes him the sole ruler of this earth ... Therefore, first struggle and then perhaps pacifism. #Quote by Adolf Hitler
Pacifism quotes by Desiderius Erasmus
#47. Surely there is nothing so ungracious, nor nothing so cruel, but men will hold therewith, if it be once approved by custom. #Quote by Desiderius Erasmus
Pacifism quotes by Josh Barkan
#48. There was something else amusing about the house: the irony that the most important battle of the American Revolution--the shoot-out at the Old North Bridge--had taken place just outside the residence of the pacifist Ralph Waldo Emerson. True, Emerson was born after the battle in 1803, but his grandfather had been living in the house at the time of the Revolution, and the juxtaposition of such pacifism against such violence struck Paul as a symbol of an eternal truth about American history: Nixon, that goofy Vietnam War mortician, was right: the silent majority ruled (not the rebellious, pacifist fringe); the majority killed for their property; and there was nothing really revolutionary about the minutemen , who won a war and took over the entire country to ultimately build fast-food restaurants and Disneyland while abolitionists, pacifists, hippies, and environmentalists were left to make well-intended flatulent noises--to write poems such as Ginsberg's "Howl"--in books for other defeated noisemakers. #Quote by Josh Barkan
Pacifism quotes by Derrick Jensen
#49. Love does not imply pacifism. #Quote by Derrick Jensen
Pacifism quotes by Muriel Lester
#50. Once your eyes get opened to pacifism, you can't shut them again. Once you see it, you can't unsee it. You may bitterly regret the fact that you happen to be one of the tiny minority of the human race who have caught this angle of vision, but you can't help it. #Quote by Muriel Lester
Pacifism quotes by Aristophanes
#51. Magistrate: What do you propose to do then, pray?

Lysistrata: You ask me that! Why, we propose to administer the treasury ourselves

Magistrate: You do?

Lysistrata: What is there in that a surprise to you? Do we not administer the budget of household expenses?

Magistrate: But that is not the same thing.

Lysistrata: How so – not the same thing?

Magistrate: It is the treasury supplies the expenses of the War.

Lysistrata: That's our first principle – no War! #Quote by Aristophanes
Pacifism quotes by Ammon Hennacy
#52. A pacifist between wars is like a vegetarian between meals. #Quote by Ammon Hennacy
Pacifism quotes by Jiddu Krishnamurti
#53. Love is the most dangerous and uncertain element in life; and because we do not want to be uncertain, because we do not want to be in danger, we live in the mind. A man who loves is dangerous, and we do not want to live dangerously; we want to live efficiently, we want to live merely in the framework of organization because we think organizations are going to bring order and peace in the world. Organizations have never brought order and peace. Only love, only goodwill, only mercy can bring order and peace, ultimately and therefore now. #Quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Pacifism quotes by Helene Iswolsky
#54. Nonviolence is the very essence of the gospels. #Quote by Helene Iswolsky
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#55. All in all it is difficult not to feel that pacifism, as it appears among a section of the intelligentsia, is secretly inspired by an admiration for power and successful cruelty. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Albert Einstein
#56. My pacifism is not based on any intellectual theory but on a deep antipathy to every form of cruelty and hatred. #Quote by Albert Einstein
Pacifism quotes by Ursula K. Le Guin
#57. Do the people in this country approve of this war?" [...].
"Approve? You don't think we'd lie down and let the damned Thuvians walk all over us? Our status as a world power is at stake!"
"But I mean the people, not the government. The... the people who must fight."
"What's it to them? They're used to mass conscriptions. It's what they're for, my dear fellow! To fight for their country. And let me tell you, there's no better soldier on earth than the Ioti man of the ranks, once he's broken in to taking orders. In peacetime he may spout sentimental pacifism, but the grit's there, underneath. The common soldier hs always been our greatest resource as a nation. It's how we became the leader we are."
"By climbing up on a pile of dead children?" [...].
"No,"[...] "you'll find the soul of the people true as steel, when the country's threatened. A few rabble-rousers in Nio and the mill towns make a big noise between wars, but it's grand to see how people close ranks when the flag's in danger. You're unwilling to believe that, I know. The trouble with Odonianism, [...], is that it's womanish. It simply doesn't include the virile side of life. 'Blood and steel, battle's brightness,' as the old poet says. It doesn't understand courage--love of the flag."
[...] "That may be true, in part. At least, we have no flags. #Quote by Ursula K. Le Guin
Pacifism quotes by Peter Gelderloos
#58. We must realistically accept that revolution is a social war, not because we like war, but because we recognize that the status quo is a low-intensity war and challenging the state results in an intensification of that warfare. We must also accept that revolution necessitates interpersonal conflict because certain classes of people are employed to defend the centralizing institutions we must destroy. People who continue to dehumanize themselves as agents of law and order must be defeated by whatever means necessary until they can no longer prevent people's autonomous realization of their needs. #Quote by Peter Gelderloos
Pacifism quotes by John O'Hara
#59. Out story never ends.
You pull the pin out of a hand grenade, and in a few seconds it explodes and men in a small area get killed and wounded. That makes bodies to be buried, hurt men to be treated. It makes widows and fatherless children and bereaved parents. It means pension machinery, and it makes for pacifism in some and for lasting hatred in others. Again, a man out of the danger area sees the carnage the grenade creates, and he shoots himself in the foot. Another man had been standing there just two minutes before the thing went off, and thereafter he believes in God or in a rabbit's foot. Another man sees human brains for the first time and locks up the picture until one night years later, when he finally comes out with a description of what he saw, and the horror of his description turns his wife away from him.... #Quote by John O'Hara
Pacifism quotes by David Mitchell
#60. Glass & peace alike betray proof of fragility under repeated blows. #Quote by David Mitchell
Pacifism quotes by Eduardo García
#61. Only a warrior chooses pacifism; others are condemned to it. #Quote by Eduardo García
Pacifism quotes by Jan Narveson
#62. Saddam's politics was the politics of the thug, of violence from the outset of his reign. Realism suggests that some people are not going to be tractable in response to purely peaceable overtures. Indeed, it certainly appears that some individuals, including notably Saddam Hussein, will cheerfully help themselves to a yard for every inch offered by well-meaning peacemakers. When we are dealing with customers as tough as that, there is no alternative to being tough ourselves. #Quote by Jan Narveson
Pacifism quotes by Harry J. Anslinger
#63. Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing. #Quote by Harry J. Anslinger
Pacifism quotes by Riane Eisler
#64. [If we pursue] a positive economic future...this will entail facing up to the fact that our 'masculine' militarism is the most energy-intensive entropic activity of humans, since it converts stored energy directly into waste and destruction without any useful, intervening fulfillment of basic human needs. #Quote by Riane Eisler
Pacifism quotes by Vladimir Lenin
#65. Pacifism, the preaching of peace in the abstract, is one of the means of duping the working class. #Quote by Vladimir Lenin
Pacifism quotes by Jakub Bozydar Wisniewski
#66. If you want peace, prepare for ideological war with those who want others to prepare for physical war. #Quote by Jakub Bozydar Wisniewski
Pacifism quotes by Carl Von Clausewitz
#67. The conqueror is always a lover of peace; he would prefer to take over our country unopposed. #Quote by Carl Von Clausewitz
Pacifism quotes by Pat Robertson
#68. I know there are some Christians who believe that war and their participation in it are morally wrong. While I respect their views and must allow them to follow their consciences, I do not believe the Bible teaches pacifism. #Quote by Pat Robertson
Pacifism quotes by Albert Einstein
#69. We must begin to inculcate our children against militarism by educating them in the spirit of pacifism. Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal it's horror. I would teach peace rather than war. #Quote by Albert Einstein
Pacifism quotes by David Rakoff
#70. For most of my life, I would have automatically said that I would opt for conscientious objector status, and in general, I still would. But the spirit of the question is would I ever, and there are instances where I might. If immediate intervention would have circumvented the genocide in Rwanda or stopped the Janjaweed in Darfur, would I choose pacifism? Of course not. Scott Simon, the reporter for National Public Radio and a committed lifelong Quaker, has written that it took looking into mass graves in former Yugoslavia to convince him that force is sometimes the only option to deter our species' murderous impulses.

While we're on the subject of the horrors of war, and humanity's most poisonous and least charitable attributes, let me not forget to mention Barbara Bush (that would be former First Lady and presidential mother as opposed to W's liquor-swilling, Girl Gone Wild, human ashtray of a daughter. I'm sorry, that's not fair. I've no idea if she smokes.) When the administration censored images of the flag-draped coffins of the young men and women being killed in Iraq - purportedly to respect "the privacy of the families" and not to minimize and cover up the true nature and consequences of the war - the family matriarch expressed her support for what was ultimately her son's decision by saying on Good Morning America on March 18, 2003, "Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? I mean it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something #Quote by David Rakoff
Pacifism quotes by Dennis Prager
#71. As regards pacifism, the belief that it is always wrong to kill a human being, again, anyone is free to hold this position, as immoral as it may be. And what other word than "immoral" can one use to describe forbidding the killing of someone who is in the process of murdering innocent men, women, and children, in, let's say, a movie theater or a school? But it is dishonest to cite the commandment against murder to justify pacifism. There is moral killing - most obviously when done in self-defense against an aggressor - and there is immoral killing. And the word for that is murder. #Quote by Dennis Prager
Pacifism quotes by Anne Sexton
#72. Taking into consideration all your loveliness
why can't you burn your bootsoles and your
draft card? How can you sit there saying yes
to war? You'll be a pauper when you die, sore
boy. Dead, while I still live at our addresss.
Oh my brother, why do you keep making plans
when I am at seizures of hearts and hands?
Come dance the dance, the Papa-Mama dance;
bring costumes from the suitcase pasted Ille de France,
the S.S. Gripsholm. Papa's London Harness case
he took abroad and kept i our attic laced
with old leather straps for storage and his
scholar's robes, black licorice - that metamorphosis
with it's crimson blood.
The Papa and Mama Dance #Quote by Anne Sexton
Pacifism quotes by Jonathan Morris
#73. We have family on Mars. And when you have children, there isn't anything you wouldn't do to protect them."

Doctor: "You'd even allow an innocent person to die?"

"Yes, if I had to."

Doctor: "Well then, that's the difference between us. I'd give up my own life without hesitation; it's mine to give. Just don't ask me to give up anybody else's. ... This is how evil starts: With the belief that the ends justify the means. But once you start down that road, there's no turning back. What if you can save a million lives, but you have to let ten people die? Or a hundred? Or a hundred thousand? Where do you stop? #Quote by Jonathan Morris
Pacifism quotes by Aimee Bender
#74. I think it's good to smile at everybody so that everyone knows you love everyone. It's good for human pacifism. #Quote by Aimee Bender
Pacifism quotes by T.H. White
#75. And do you know another thing, Arthur? Life is too bitter already, without territories and wars and noble feuds. #Quote by T.H. White
Pacifism quotes by Noam Chomsky
#76. I am not a committed pacifist. I would not hold that it is under all imaginable circumstances wrong to use violence, even though use of violence is in some sense unjust. I believe that one has to estimate relative justices. But the use of violence and the creation of some degree of injustice can only be justified on the basis of the claim and the assessment-which always ought to be undertaken very, very seriously and with a good deal of scepticism that this violence is being exercised because a more just result is going to be achieved. #Quote by Noam Chomsky
Pacifism quotes by Peter Vardy
#77. The problem with the Bible, the Qur'an, the Torah - or any sacred text - as an authority is that so much depends on how the text is read and the interests of the reader. The Bible has been used to justify slavery, apartheid, the suppression of women, the 'evils' of sexuality, the 'evils' of homosexuality, a male-only priesthood, the denial of any priests at all, the supremacy of the Pope, the irrelevance of the Pope, the authority of the Church, a denial of the authority of the Church, a feminist agenda, war, pacifism and almost every other position that people may wish to hold. #Quote by Peter Vardy
Pacifism quotes by Gail Carson Levine
#78. Perhaps you couldn't help being angry... but you could certainly stop yourself from repaying one offense with another. #Quote by Gail Carson Levine
Pacifism quotes by Michel Templet
#79. Having been to war myself, I do not understand why so many people are so in love with it. #Quote by Michel Templet
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#80. The young officers who had come back [from WW1], hardened by their terrible experience and disgusted by the attitude of the younger generation to whom this experience meant just nothing, used to lecture us for our softness. Of course they could produce no argument that we were capable of understanding. They could only bark at you that war was 'a good thing', it 'made you tough', 'kept you fit', etc. etc. We merely sniggered at them. Ours was the one-eyed pacifism that is peculiar to sheltered countries with strong navies. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Albert Einstein
#81. How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business. #Quote by Albert Einstein
Pacifism quotes by Albert Einstein
#82. My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the murder of men is disgusting. My attitude is not derived from any intellectual theory but is based on my deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty and hatred. #Quote by Albert Einstein
Pacifism quotes by J.Adam Snyder
#83. To be a pacifist in the face of evil is to be complicit with evil. #Quote by J.Adam Snyder
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#84. The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Rick Steves
#85. Europe's reluctance to go to war frustrates some Americans. I believe their relative pacifism is because Europeans know the reality of war, while most Americans do not. …. It's easier to feel detached when a war is something you watch on the nightly news, rather than something that killed your grandfather or destroyed your hometown. #Quote by Rick Steves
Pacifism quotes by Jeffrey Eugenides
#86. But who knew what would happen once he got to Canada? Canada with its pacifism and its socialized medicine! Canada with its millions of French speakers! It was like ... like ... like a foreign country! Father Mike might become a fugitive over there, living it up in Quebec. He might disappear into Saskatchewan and roam with the moose.
-Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides (2003), P. 507 #Quote by Jeffrey Eugenides
Pacifism quotes by Rachel Maddow
#87. The artificial primacy of defense among our national priorities is a constant unearned windfall for some, but it's privation for the rest of America; it steals from what we could be and can do. In Econ 101, they teach that the big-picture fight over national priorities is guns versus butter. Now it's butter versus margarine - guns get a pass.
Overall, we're weaker for it, and at enormous cost. #Quote by Rachel Maddow
Pacifism quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#88. There was a time in my life when I did a fair bit of work for the tempestuous Lucretia Stewart, then editor of the American Express travel magazine, Departures. Together, we evolved a harmless satire of the slightly driveling style employed by the journalists of tourism. 'Land of Contrasts' was our shorthand for it. ('Jerusalem: an enthralling blend of old and new.' 'South Africa: a harmony in black and white.' 'Belfast, where ancient meets modern.') It was as you can see, no difficult task. I began to notice a few weeks ago that my enemies in the 'peace' movement had decided to borrow from this tattered style book. The mantra, especially in the letters to this newspaper, was: 'Afghanistan, where the world's richest country rains bombs on the world's poorest country.'

Poor fools. They should never have tried to beat me at this game. What about, 'Afghanistan, where the world's most open society confronts the world's most closed one'? 'Where American women pilots kill the men who enslave women.' 'Where the world's most indiscriminate bombers are bombed by the world's most accurate ones.' 'Where the largest number of poor people applaud the bombing of their own regime.' I could go on. (I think number four may need a little work.) But there are some suggested contrasts for the 'doves' to paste into their scrapbook. Incidentally, when they look at their scrapbooks they will be able to re-read themselves saying things like, 'The bombing of Kosovo is driving the Serbs int #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#89. Moreover [pacifists] do not as a rule condemn violence as such, but only violence used in defence of western countries #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Bono
#90. Essentially, I'm a very real person; good and bad. And the public image is one of being very good, I suppose. But one of the reasons I'm attracted to people like Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Christ, to pacifism, is because naturally, I'm the guy that would not turn the other cheek - but, when people see you're attracted to that, they think you are that. #Quote by Bono
Pacifism quotes by David Limbaugh
#91. Pacifism in the face of war is not only irresponsible - it is immoral. Refusing to meet force with force in the name of peace will beget not peace, but further death and destruction, the very violence the pacifists seek to avoid. #Quote by David Limbaugh
Pacifism quotes by Brent Weeks
#92. Pacifism is a virtue indistinguishable from cowardice. #Quote by Brent Weeks
Pacifism quotes by Marie Louise Berneri
#93. We shall denounce political trials, whether they are held in Washington or Warsaw. When a government puts a man in jail for his political opinions, we do not ask the nationality of that government. We are always on the side of the victim of State tyranny.
We hate war and have consistently fought against and for that reason we fight State oppression wherever it occurs. #Quote by Marie Louise Berneri
Pacifism quotes by Adolf Hitler
#94. Pacifism is simply undisguised cowardice. #Quote by Adolf Hitler
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#95. In so far as it takes effect at all, pacifist propaganda can only be effective against those countries where a certain amount of freedom of speech is still permitted; in other words it is helpful to totalitarianism. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Sarah LaChance Adams
#96. Pacifism, not murder, is precedent. To say that war presupposes peace begs the question; it does not explain how violent impulses can be overcome. In #Quote by Sarah LaChance Adams
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#97. In foreign politics many intellectuals follow the principle that any faction backed by Britain must be in the wrong. As a result, 'enlightened' opinion is quite largely a mirror-image of Conservative policy. Anglophobia is always liable to reversal, hence that fairly common spectacle, the pacifist of one war who is a bellicist in the next. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Michel Templet
#98. I absolutely hate the way the United States glorifies its military and its wars. Real heroes fight for peace. #Quote by Michel Templet
Pacifism quotes by Ernst Junger
#99. Pacifism will rise and fall with the times. A period of weariness or one that lacks great ideas will always give it a clear field. And rightly, for when young men have no great aim before their eyes, why shold they sacrifice themselves? When they have, on the other hand, they will of their own accord be carried away by the force that quails at nothing. The proud and indisputable right of the victor to decide the world's destiny is so intoxicating a prospect to a race that does not doubt its call to greatness, that all else must appear of no account. #Quote by Ernst Junger
Pacifism quotes by Leon Bourgeois
#100. The concept of patriotism is not incompatible with that of humanity; on the contrary, let me state emphatically that he who best serves pacifism serves patriotism best. The nation is and can be no more than the vital basic unit of any international league. #Quote by Leon Bourgeois
Pacifism quotes by Leon Trotsky
#101. Generally speaking, by the way, that is the moral of the opponents of violence in politics: they renounce violence when it comes to introducing changes in what already exists, but in defense of the existing order they will not stop at the most ruthless acts. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Pacifism quotes by George Bernard Shaw
#102. There was only one virtue, pugnacity; only one vice, pacifism. That is an essential condition of war. #Quote by George Bernard Shaw
Pacifism quotes by Mahatma Gandhi
#103. The Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher's knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs. As it is, they succumbed anyway in their millions. #Quote by Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifism quotes by Julia Ward Howe
#104. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
 all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. #Quote by Julia Ward Howe
Pacifism quotes by Piet Pieterszoon Hein
#105. The noble art of losing face may one day save the human race and turn into eternal merit what weaker minds would call disgrace. #Quote by Piet Pieterszoon Hein
Pacifism quotes by Mark Driscoll
#106. A pacifist has a lot of difficulty reconciling pacifism with scripture. #Quote by Mark Driscoll
Pacifism quotes by Dennis Prager
#107. If the question is 'How do we stop enormous evils in the world?' the answer is, unfortunately, quite frequently 'War.' Nazi and Japanese racist genocide were ended by soldiers shooting people, and by bombers bombing people, not by people who believed 'war is not the answer. #Quote by Dennis Prager
Pacifism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#108. War is to some people the solution to peace. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Pacifism quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt
#109. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war. #Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt
Pacifism quotes by Albert Einstein
#110. The goal of pacifism is possible only though a supranational organization. To stand unconditionally for this cause is the criterion of true pacifism. #Quote by Albert Einstein
Pacifism quotes by Michel Templet
#111. When you get right down to it, militaries are essentially legalized mafias. #Quote by Michel Templet
Pacifism quotes by Orson Scott Card
#112. Going to say it anyway," said Graff. "Poor fool of a boy. Pacifism only works with an enemy that can't bear to do murder against the innocent. How many times are you lucky enough to get an enemy like that? #Quote by Orson Scott Card
Pacifism quotes by Peter Singer
#113. Pacifists have usually regarded the use of violence as absolutely wrong, irrespective of its consequences. This, like other 'no matter what' prohibitions, assumes the validity of the distinction between acts and omissions. Without this distinction, pacifists who refuse to use violence when it is the only means of preventing greater violence would be responsible for the greater violence they fail to prevent. #Quote by Peter Singer
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#114. Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me'. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Michel Templet
#115. The idea that war can ever bring freedom is quite possibly the greatest deception that mankind has ever forced upon himself. #Quote by Michel Templet
Pacifism quotes by Wayne Gerard Trotman
#116. As long as the peace-makers are armed with assault rifles, it's highly unlikely we'll ever have peace. #Quote by Wayne Gerard Trotman
Pacifism quotes by Leon Trotsky
#117. He who thinks of renouncing "physical" struggle must renounce all struggle, for the spirit does not live without the flesh. #Quote by Leon Trotsky
Pacifism quotes by Anonymous
#118. All beings tremble before danger, all fear death. When a man considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill. #Quote by Anonymous
Pacifism quotes by William Stafford
#119. If it should happen you wake up and Armageddon has come, lie still. #Quote by William Stafford
Pacifism quotes by Michael A. Stackpole
#120. Pacifism for the sake of pacifism is the height of arrogant selfishness when that belief prevents you from acting to save others from harm. #Quote by Michael A. Stackpole
Pacifism quotes by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#121. Writers haven't got any rockets to blast off. We don't even trundle the most insignificant auxiliary vehicle. We haven't got any military might. So what can literature do in the face of the merciless onslaught of open violence? One word of truth outweighs the whole world. #Quote by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#122. It is difficult to see how Gandhi's methods could be applied in a country where opponents of the regime disappear in the middle of the night and are never heard of again. Without a free press and the right of assembly, it is impossible not merely to appeal to outside opinion, but to bring a mass movement into being, or even to make your intentions known to your adversary. Is there a Gandhi in Russia at this moment? And if there is, what is he accomplishing? #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#123. [Nicholson] Baker can't seem to get enough of the wisdom of Gandhi and cites at length an open letter he wrote to the British people on 3 July 1940. "Your soldiers are doing the same work of destruction as the Germans," wrote the Mahatma. "I want you to fight Nazism without arms." He went on to say: "Let them take possession of your beautiful island, with your many beautiful buildings. You will give all these, but neither your souls, nor your minds. If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes, you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourself, man, woman and child, to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them." I must say that everything in me declines to be addressed in that tone of voice #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
Pacifism quotes by Adam Michnik
#124. Pacifism as a mass movement aims to avoid suffering; pacifists often say that no cause is worth suffering or dying for. The ethos of Solidarity is based on an opposite premise - that there are causes worth suffering and dying for. #Quote by Adam Michnik
Pacifism quotes by Amie Kaufman
#125. It's not that he's choosing me, a girl he met less than a month ago
he's choosing a world in which no one has to die. #Quote by Amie Kaufman
Pacifism quotes by Ammon Hennacy
#126. Being a pacifist to save your own life is normal, being a pacifist for the lives of others is true pacifism. #Quote by Ammon Hennacy
Pacifism quotes by Oswald Spengler
#127. Pacifism means letting the non-pacifists have control ... Pacifism will remain an ideal, war a fact. If the white races are resolved never to wage war again, the colored will act differently and become rulers of the world. #Quote by Oswald Spengler
Pacifism quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
#128. The peace of the man who has forsworn the use of the bullet seems to me not quite peace, but a canting impotence. #Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#129. If [pacifists] imagine that one can somehow "overcome" the German army by lying on one's back, let them go on imagining it, but let them also wonder occasionally whether this is not an illusion due to security, too much money and a simple ignorance of the way in which things actually happen. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Michel Templet
#130. I find it significant that most of the people who believe in just war have never fought in one; examples: Barack W. Bush and George H. Obama. #Quote by Michel Templet
Pacifism quotes by Mark Tooley
#131. Wild Goose exemplifies how the Evangelical Left translates 'social justice' into Big Government and pacifism. #Quote by Mark Tooley
Pacifism quotes by Errico Malatesta
#132. If you say that you reject violence when it exceeds the limits imposed by the needs of defense, they accuse you of pacifism, without understanding that violence is the whole essence of authoritarianism, just as the repudiation of violence is the whole essence of anarchism. #Quote by Errico Malatesta
Pacifism quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.
#133. My study of Gandhi convinced me that true pacifism is not nonresistance to evil, but nonviolent resistance to evil. Between the two positions, there is a world of difference. Gandhi resisted evil with as much vigor and power as the violent resister, but True pacifism is not unrealistic submission to evil power. It is rather a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love ... #Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pacifism quotes by Iain H. Murray
#134. Lastly, Spurgeon reminds us that piety and devotion to Christ are not preferable alternatives to controversy, but rather that they should - when circumstances demand it - lead to the latter. He was careful to maintain that order. The minister who makes controversy his starting point will soon have a blighted ministry and spirituality will wither away. But controversy which is entered into out of love for God and reverence for His Name, will wrap a man's spirit in peace and joy even when he is fighting in the thickest of battle. The piety which Spurgeon admired was not that of a cloistered pacifism but the spirit of men like William Tyndale and Samuel Rutherford who, while contending for Christ, could rise heavenwards, jeopardizing 'their lives unto the death in the high places of the field'. At the height of his controversies Spurgeon preached some of the most fragrant of all his sermons. #Quote by Iain H. Murray
Pacifism quotes by David Bowie
#135. I really believe that Bob Dylan and others have speeded up the changes. Pacifism has found a voice at last. #Quote by David Bowie
Pacifism quotes by Michel Templet
#136. I find it significant that most military veterans become pacifists. #Quote by Michel Templet
Pacifism quotes by George Carlin
#137. Pacifism is a nice idea but it can get you killed. We're not there yet. Evolution is slow, small pox is fast. #Quote by George Carlin
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#138. Creeds like pacifism or anarchism, which seem on the surface to imply a complete renunciation of power, rather encourage this habit of mind. For if you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics ... the more you are in the right (and) everybody else should be bullied into thinking otherwise. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by James Marshall
#139. Jesus preached socialism and pacifism," I say, "which is wrong and un-American since it discourages entrepreneurship and doesn't support our troops, but I'm a Christian so I forgive him. #Quote by James Marshall
Pacifism quotes by George Orwell
#140. The idea that you can somehow remain aloof from and superior to the struggle [World War II], while living on food which British sailors have to risk their lives to bring you, is a bourgeois illusion bred of money and security. #Quote by George Orwell
Pacifism quotes by Markham Shaw Pyle
#141. In answer to 'But violence hasn't solved anything!'
The hell it hasn't. The application of violence - of killing and a willingness to be killed - on a massive scale is responsible for a lot of solutions. The most recent mass application of violence liberated Kuwait. The most recent mass application of violence on a global scale alone cleansed the world of the Third Reich. Nonviolence and passive resistance did less than nothing to stop Hitler and his henchmen. The Atlantic slave trade wasn't stopped by 'dialogue' or 'passive resistance' or conferences, but by the opened gunports of the Royal Navy; Dachau and Chang-I weren't liberated with pamphlets. #Quote by Markham Shaw Pyle

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