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.


Nonviolence is the way to listen to the inner voice.     

Amit Ray

At the center non-violence stands the principle of love.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.     

Malcolm X

Nonviolence is a universal principle and its operation is not limited by a hostile environment.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is the greatest virtue, cowardice the greatest vice - nonviolence springs from love, cowardice from hate.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.

Mahatma Gandhi

If they are truly nonviolent, they must also realize that civil disobedience is an impossibility till the preliminary work of construction is done.     

Mahatma Gandhi

For mass struggles, nonviolence is essential.     

Bhagat Singh

The force of nonviolence is infinitely more wonderful and subtle than the material forces of nature, like electricity.     

Mahatma Gandhi

It is the acid test of nonviolence that in a nonviolent conflict there is no rancor left behind, and in the end the enemies are converted into friends.

Mahatma Gandhi

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is the most potent technique for oppressed people. Unearned suffering is redemptive.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

Nonviolence is the only way. Even if you achieve your goal by violent means there are always side effects, and these can be worse than the problem. Violence is against human nature.

Dalai Lama

Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak. Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.      

Cesar Chavez

A person who believes in nonviolence believes in a living God. He cannot accept defeat.

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is a method that transforms, first of all, the individual once you understand it and embrace it. It begins with you and, if you can, about transforming individuals so that they love unconditionally.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolent action without the co-operation of the heart and the head cannot produce the intended result.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence succeeds only when we have a real living faith in God.     

Mahatma Gandhi

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