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Non-violence: non·vi·o·lence The doctrine, policy, or practice of rejecting violence in favor of peaceful tactics as a means of gaining political objectives.

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him Martin Luther King, Jr.

[1] “We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong
progress towards it.” – Mahatma Gandhi
[2] “Nonviolence 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 being.” – Mahatma Gandhi
[3]The force of spirit is ever progressive and endless…If we turn our eyes to the time of which history has any record we shall find that man has been steadily progressing towards Ahimsa [love and non-violence]~Mahatma Gandhi
[4]“We are constantly being astonished at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence. But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence.”—Gandhi

“There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.” Cesar Chavez

AHIMSA = There is no virtue higher than non-injury. by Swami Vivekananda

The essence of nonviolence is love. Out of love and the willingness to act selflessly, strategies, tactics, and techniques for a nonviolent struggle arise naturally. Nonviolence is not a dogma; it is a process. Thich Nhat Hanh



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