Pacifism

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Quotes in favour of Pacifism

  • "What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" - Mahatma Gandhi
  • "In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful." - Leo Tolstoy
  • "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.... The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." -Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "Being a pacifist between wars is as easy as being a vegetarian between meals." - Ammon Hennacy
  • "Being a pacifist to save your own life is normal, being a pacifist for the lives of others is true pacifism." - Jacob Borer
  • "My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the murder of men is disgusting." - Albert Einstein
  • "Pacifism is nothing to hide behind. I dabbled in pacifism, not in 'Nam of course." - Walter Sobchak
  • "War does not make men, war destroys them. It is through peace that true men are made." -Nick Hyman

Quotes against Pacifism

  • "Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively the pacifist is pro-Nazi." - George Orwell.
  • "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." - John Stuart Mill