A. J. Muste

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The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.
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A. J. Muste (January 8, 1885 - February 11, 1967) was active in the pacifist movement, labor movement and the US civil rights movement.


  • The problem after a war is the victor. He thinks he has just proved that war and violence will pay. Who will now teach him a lesson?
    • (1941)
  • There is no way to peace; peace is the way.
  • We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.

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