An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


Nonviolence is a flop. The only bigger flop is violence.


Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.


Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


Hurt a fly! He would not for the world: he's pitiful to flies even. "Sing," says he, "and tease me still, if that's your way, poor insect."


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


The people in power will not disappear voluntarily, giving flowers to the cops just isn't going to work. This thinking is fostered by the establishment; they like nothing better than love and non-violence. The only way I like to see cops given flowers is in a flower pot from a high window.


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence. The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother: "We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. We will not hate you, but we will not obey your evil laws. We will soon wear you down by pure capacity to suffer."


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


To be deeply committed to negotiations, to be opposed to a particular war or military action, is not only considered unpatriotic, it also casts serious doubt on one's manhood.


Myriam Miedzian (American actor)


Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 5:39


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