quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonviolent resistance makes it possible for the Negro to remain in the South and struggle for his rights. The Negro's problem will not be solved by running away.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Inspiring Nonviolent Resistance quotations

Nonviolent resistance quote Try no to resist the changes that come in your way. Instead, let life live throu
Try no to resist the changes that come in your way. Instead, let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? How Rumi Can Change Your Life?

[I]t must be emphasized that nonviolent resistance is not a method for cowards;

it does resist. If one uses this method because he is afraid or merely because he lacks the instruments of violence, he is not truly nonviolent. This is why Gandhi often said that if cowardice is the only alternative to violence, it is better to fight.

Violent resistance and nonviolent resistance share one very important thing in common: They are both a form of theater seeking an audience to their cause.

Nonviolent resistance quote One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means that you were put to the
One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn't fall apart.

The principle of nonviolent resistance seeks to reconcile the truths of two opposites-Acquiescence and violence -while avoiding the extremes and immoralities of both.

Jesus called for nonviolent resistance to Rome and just distribution of land and food. He was crucified because he threatened Roman stability -- not as a sacrifice to God for humanity's sins.


An act of violence against any innocent person eludes moral justification, disgraces the millions of Americans and people throughout the world who have united in peaceful protest against police brutality, and dishonors our proud inheritance of nonviolent resistance.

Nonviolent resistance quote The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.
The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.

I learnt the lesson on nonviolence from my wife, when I tried to bend her to my will. Her determined resistance to my will on the one hand, and her quiet submission to the suffering my stupidity involved on the other, ultimately made me ashamed of myself and cured me of my stupidity in thinking that I was born to rule over her.

. . . we should be men first, and subjects afterward.

An unjust law is itself a species of violence.

Arrest for its breach is more so. Now the law of nonviolence says that violence should be resisted not by counter-violence but by nonviolence. This I do by breaking the law and by peacefully submitting to arrest and imprisonment.

Nonviolent resistance quote Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

Resistance and nonviolence are not in themselves good.

There is another element that must be present in our struggle that then makes our resistance and nonviolence truly meaningful. That element is reconciliation. Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community.


History has no record of a nation having adopted nonviolent resistance.

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.

Nonviolent resistance quote Resist trying to impress your enemies.
Resist trying to impress your enemies.
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Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.

Violence from protesters themselves is extremely rare, but has been made into a talking point by those who stand to benefit from breaking the perceived legitimacy of organized protest and resistance. Organized, disciplined nonviolent resistance is alive and well, and we see it all around us in cities across the country.

[People] don't see that there's a great deal of a difference between nonresistance to evil and nonviolent resistance.

Nonviolent resistance quote They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds.
They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds.

This language is from the head. It is a way of mentally classifying people into varying shades of good and bad, right and wrong. Ultimately, it provokes defensiveness, resistance, and counterattack. It is a language of demands.

The Negro's problem will not be solved by running away.

As long as I think I 'should' do it, I'll resist it, even if I want very much to do it.

Nonviolent resistance quote Charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty but you can't resist c
Charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty but you can't resist charm.

If I devote myself to other pursuits and contemplations, I must first see, at least, that I do not pursue them sitting upon another man's shoulders. I must get off him first, that he may pursue his contemplations too.

The power of nonviolent resistance can only come from honest working of the constructive programme.


As NVC replaces our old patterns of defending, withdrawing or attacking in the face of judgment and criticism. We come to perceive ourselves and others, as well as our intentions and relationships, in a new light. Resistance, defensiveness, and violent reactions are minimized.

Nonviolent resistance quote Resist much, obey little.
Resist much, obey little.

The punitive use of force tends to generate hostility and to reinforce resistance to the very behavior we are seeking.

Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity.

The Indian government has managed to turn the concept of nonviolence on its head. Nonviolent resistance and nonviolent governance. Unlike, say, China or Turkey or Indonesia, India doesn't mow down its people. It doesn't kill people who are refusing to move. It just waits it out. It continues to do what it has to do and ignores the consequences.

Nonviolent resistance quote Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

The argument that resistance to the war should remain strictly nonviolent seems to me overwhelming.


It is better to resist oppression by violent means than to submit, but it is best of all to resist by nonviolent means.

A truly nonviolent man would never live to tell the tale of atrocities.

He would have laid down his life on the spot in non-violent resistance.

Nonviolent resistance quote Give recognition and you will usually get some. Getting recognition is a need fe
Give recognition and you will usually get some. Getting recognition is a need few can resist and even fewer can do without.

Jesus was the most active resister known to history. His was nonviolence par excellence.

Palestinian militancy has accomplished nothing but increasing the misery of the Palestinian people. If Palestinians instead turned more to huge Gandhi-style nonviolence resistance campaigns, the resulting videos would reverberate around the world and Palestine would achieve statehood and freedom.

Much as being active in the antislavery movement of the last century involved more than not engaging in slavery oneself, so joining in an antiviolence movement has to go beyond opting for nonviolence in one's personal life. It calls for engaging in imaginative and forceful practices of nonviolent resistance to violence, including taking a stand toward entertainment violence.

Nonviolent resistance quote People most resistant to fun need it the most.
People most resistant to fun need it the most.

I firmly believe that the Gandhian philosophy of nonviolent resistance is the only logical and moral approach to the solution of the race problem in the United States.

By nonviolent resistance, the Negro can also enlist all men of good will in his struggle for equality.

Through nonviolent resistance the Negro will be able to rise to the noble height of opposing the unjust system while loving the perpetrators of the system.

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. . . .

Each of the various tactics that have been tried to get Israel to budge.

. nonviolent resistance, legal accountability, BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions).. has had some measure of success.