We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.

— A. J. Muste

The most instructive A. J. Muste quotes that will activate your inner potential

The survival of democracy depends on the renunciation of violence and the development of nonviolent means to combat evil and advance the good.


War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life.


In a world built on violence, one must be a revolutionary before one can be a pacifist.


Violence begets violence by whomever used.

War is a dirty business and entails the use of degrading means, whoever wages it.


Paradoxically, life is worth living for those who have something for which they will gladly give up life.


Educational enterprises do not for any length of time remain immune from the struggle of interests for power which is the dominant feature of social life under a class system.


In the defense of civil liberties there can be no exceptions, or there will soon be many.


The problem after a war is with the victor.

He thinks he has just proved that war and violence pay. Who will now teach him a lesson?


If I can't love Hitler, I can't love at all.


There is no way to peace; peace is the way.


Joy and growth come from following our deepest impulses, however foolish they may seem to some, or dangerous, and even though the apparent outcome may be defeat.