Nonviolence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nonviolence quotes, nonviolence sayings, and nonviolence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is the answer for the questions of our time. Love will conquer evil every time.     

James F. Twyman

Nonviolence does not admit of running away from danger... . Between violence and cowardly flight I can only prefer violence to cowardice.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence becomes meaningless if violence is permitted for self-defence.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is one of those immutable principles that we cannot and must not deviate from.     

John Lewis

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 being.     

Mahatma Gandhi

A nonviolent life is an act of self-examination and self-purification, whether by an individual, group or nation.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence against humans cannot take firm hold in society as long as brutality and violence are practiced toward other animals.

Robert Thurman

Nonviolence is the virtue of the manly. The coward is innocent of it.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one's whole being into the being of another.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate way to solve human problems is with nonviolence.     

Dalai Lama

Nonviolence is an unchangeable creed. It has to be pursued even in face of violence raging around you.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is an active force of the highest order. It is soul force or the power of the godhead within us.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The bravery of the nonviolent is vastly superior to that of the violent.

Mahatma Gandhi

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.

Thomas A. Edison

Nonviolence is not a cloistered virtue, confined only to the rishi and the cave-dweller.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.     

Mahatma Gandhi

In nonviolence you must go full steam ahead, if you want the good to come speedily you must go about it with vigor.     

Vinoba Bhave

Non-violence can truly flourish when the world is free of poverty, hunger, discrimination, exclusion, intolerance and hatred - when women and men can realize their highest potential and live a secure and fulfilling life. Until then, each and every one of us would have to contribute - collectively and individually - to build peace through non-violence.     

Anwarul Karim Chowdhury

Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence in the sense of mere non-killing does not appear to me, therefore, to be of any improvement on the technique of violence.

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is not just abstention from war, fighting, or animal flesh. It is abstention from negative thoughts and negative speech.

Nathaniel Altman

A nonviolent action accompanied by nonviolence in thought and word should never produce enduring violent reaction upon the opponent.

Mahatma Gandhi

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.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political moral questions of our time.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

Nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

Nonviolence is essentially based on recognizing the humanity in every one one of us.     

Grace Lee Boggs

I'm convinced nonviolence can be successful in working for positive change in our relations with other countries right now.     

Dorothy Cotton

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