We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better and more just world for our children. People who make that choice will know hardship and sacrifice. But if you give yourself totally to the non-violence struggle for peace and justice you also find that people give you their hearts and you will never go hungry and never be alone. And in giving of yourself you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love.
In non-violence the cause has to be just and clear as well as the means.
There’s no reason to be non-violent. There’s no challenge unless you are living for people.
Non-violence has suffered its biggest defeat in the hands of people who most want to talk about it.
Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak… Non-violence is hard work.
The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.
The non-violent technique does not depend for its success on the goodwill of the oppressor, but rather on the unfailing assistance of God.
I’m angry that I live in a world where a man who picks your food can’t feed his family.
The people who give you their food give you their heart.
They’d rather sell the grapes to London or Stockholm, and think
that that will erase all the indignities that people suffered.
Non-violence exacts a very high price from one who practices it. But once you are able to meet that demand then you can do most things.
We have suffered unnumbered ills and crimes in the name of the Law of the Land. Our men, women and children have suffered not only the basic brutality of stoop labor, and the most obvious injustices of the system; they have also suffered the desperation of knowing that the system caters to the greed of callous men and not to our needs. Now we will suffer for the purpose of ending the poverty, the misery, and the injustice, with the hope that our children will not be exploited as we have been. They have imposed hungers on us, and now we hunger for justice.
Those who are willing to sacrifice and be of service have very little difficulty with people. They know what they are all about. People can’t help but want to be near them. They help them; they work with them. That’s what love is all about. It starts with your heart and radiates out.
In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence.