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To resort to power one need not be violent,
by Barbara Deming

To resort to power one need not be violent,
and to speak to conscience one need not be meek.
The most effective action both resorts to power and engages conscience.
- Barbara Deming

This is the heart of my argument: We can put more pressure
on the antagonist for whom we show human concern.
- Barbara Deming

Nonviolent action does not have to get others to be nice.
It can in effect force them to consult their consciences.
- Barbara Deming

Nonviolent tactics can move into action on our behalf
men not naturally inclined to act for us.
- Barbara Deming

 

The injunction that we should love our neighbors as
ourselves means to us equally that we should love ourselves
as we love our neighbors.
- Barbara Deming

The point is to change one's life.
The point is not to give some vent to the emotions
that have been destroying one;
the point is so to act that one can master them now.
- Barbara Deming

Think first of the action that is right to take,
think later about coping with one's fears.
- Barbara Deming

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There should be no censorship of mail.
- Barbara Deming

Punishment cannot heal spirits, can only break them.
- Barbara Deming

Vengeance is not the point; change is.
But the trouble is that in most people's minds the
thought of victory and the thought of punishing the enemy coincide.
- Barbara Deming

People who attack others need rationalizations for doing so.
We undermine those rationalizations.
- Barbara Deming

All prisons that have existed in our society to date
put people away as no human being should ever be put away.
- Barbara Deming

We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are
listening at the same time to other women -
whose stories,
for all our differences, turn out, if we listen well,
to be our stories also.
- Barbara Deming

The free man must be born before freedom can be won,
and the brotherly man must be born before full brotherhood can be won.
It will come into being only if we build it out of
our very muscle and bone -
by trying to act it out.
- Barbara Deming

I think the only choice that will enable us to hold to our vision...
is one that abandons the concept of naming enemies
and adopts a concept familiar to the nonviolent tradition:
naming behavior that is oppressive.
- Barbara Deming

Of course it can be said of jails, too,
that they try - by punishing the troublesome -
to deter others.
No doubt, in certain instances this deterrence actually works.
But generally speaking it fails conspicuously.
- Barbara Deming

We believe, in fact, that the one act of respect has
little force unless matched by the other -
in balance with it...
The acting out of that dual respect I would name as
precisely the source of our power.
- Barbara Deming

The longer we listen to one another -
with real attention -
the more commonality we will find in all our lives.
That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another
life stories and not simply opinions.
- Barbara Deming

After the revolution, it might very well remain necessary
to place people where they could not do harm to others.
But the one under restraint should be cut off from
the rest of society as little as possible.
- Barbara Deming

Our task, of course, is to transmute the anger that
is affliction into the anger that is determination to bring about change.
I think, in fact, that one could give that as a definition of revolution.
- Barbara Deming

After the revolution, let us hope, prisons simply would not exist -
if by prisons we mean places that could be experienced
by the men and women in them at all as every place
that goes by that name now is bound to be experienced.
- Barbara Deming

Thinking is what most people resort to after all else fails.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid
pregnancy by a resort to mathematics,
though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
- H. L. Mencken

Politics are for foreigners with their endless wrongs and paltry rights.
Politics are a lousy way to get things done.
Politics are, like God's infinite mercy,
a last resort.
- P. J. O'Rourke

I have treated many hundreds of patients.
Among those in the second half of life -
that is to say, over 35 -
there has not been one whose problem in the last resort
was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

I believe that man is in the last resort so free a
being that his right to be what he believes himself
to be cannot be contested.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

At all events, arbitration is more rational,
just, and humane than the resort to the sword.
- Richard Cobden

The government is becoming the family of last resort.
- Jerry Brown

Repeating a grade needs to be the last resort,
not an automatic response to a child who is struggling to learn.
- Roy Barnes

The court of last resort is no longer the Supreme Court.
It's "Nightline."
- Alan Dershowitz

That made me feel good, not to go to a resort where
outside the door is extreme poverty.
- Jasmine Guy

Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
- Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people
to retain the right to keep and bear arms is,
as a last resort, to protect themselves
against tyranny in government.
- Thomas Jefferson

What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime?
Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

I'm a strong person, but I'd never resort to violence.
- Kristen Johnston

But, when you have to resort to turntables,
trick lights, flashing lights, fire and all that,
you're actually saying, I need this because what I
do is not all that together.
- Buddy Rich

As a matter of traditional and sound constitutional doctrine,
an amendment to the Constitution should be the last
resort when all other measures have proved inadequate.
- Arlen Specter

We believe firmly that Communism internally and externally
can and must be fought without resort to the Communist
tactics of the suppression of all individual freedom.
- Emanuel Celler

I personally believe, as church law sets out,
that sanctions are an absolute last resort,
particularly penal sanctions of depriving people of the sacraments.
- Roger Mahony

War should be the politics of last resort.
And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that
our people understand and support.
- Colin Powell

Never again should Ghanaians have to resort to dubious means to get to,
or live in, foreign lands, simply to make a living.
- John Agyekum Kufuor

Hawaii was beautiful of course, we played at Turtle
Bay an amazing resort right on the ocean.
- Natalie Gulbis

Many who resort to crime ultimately can't read or write.
- Wally Amos

When I recall my own path of life I cannot but speak of the violence,
hatred and lies.
A lesson drawn from such experiences,
however, was that we can effectively oppose violence
only if we ourselves do not resort to it.
- Lech Walesa

Those who have wrought great changes in the world never
succeeded by gaining over chiefs;
but always by exciting the multitude.
The first is the resource of intrigue and produces only secondary results,
the second is the resort of genius and transforms the universe.
- Martin Van Buren

The Federal Government should be the last resort,
not the first.
Ask if a potential program is truly a federal responsibility
or whether it can better be handled privately,
by voluntary organizations, or by local or state governments.
- Donald Rumsfeld

The World War broke out with such elemental violence,
and with such resort to all means for leading or misleading public opinion,
that no time was available for reflection and consideration.
- Hjalmar Branting

All the problems of the world could be settled easily
if men were only willing to think.
The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts
of devices in order not to think,
because thinking is such hard work.
- Thomas J. Watson

Every society rests in the last resort on the recognition
of common principles and common ideals,
and if it makes no moral or spiritual appeal to the loyalty of its members,
it must inevitably fall to pieces.
- Christopher Dawson

When public men indulge themselves in abuse,
when they deny others a fair trial, when they resort
to innuendo and insinuation,
to libel, scandal, and suspicion, then our democratic society is outraged,
and democracy is baffled.
- J. William Fulbright

There are Americans will find it difficult to believe
that the Prime Minister can simply impose candidates on ridings,
and can so efficiently move individuals out of private
life and into the Cabinet with virtually no resort to the electorate.
- Stockwell Day

Our constituents paid into Social Security,
and they want it paid back to them when they retire.
Cutting Social Security benefits that Americans have
earned should always be a last resort.
- Dennis Cardoza

We've built the largest empire in the history of the world.
It's been done over the last 50 years since World War
II with very little military might,
actually.
It's only in rare instances like Iraq where the military
comes in as a last resort.
- John Perkins

Libel actions, when we look at them in perspective,
are an ornament of a civilized society.
They have replaced, after all, at least in most cases,
a resort to weapons in defense of a reputation.
- Henry Anatole Grunwald

I think it does work.
The fact that the law is there and injustices can be rectified,
I think has a lot to do with the fact that the people
in this country aren't as frustrated as they are in
some of these places in Eastern Europe and don't resort to violent revolution.
- Harold H. Greene

Jordan has a strange, haunting beauty and a sense of timelessness.
Dotted with the ruins of empires once great,
it is the last resort of yesterday in the world of tomorrow.
I love every inch of it.
- King Hussein I

In short, it may be said that on paper the obligations
to settle international disputes peacefully are now
so comprehensive and far-reaching that it is almost
impossible for a state to resort to war without violating
one or more solemn treaty obligations.
- Arthur Henderson

I also hear your president say that war is the means
of last resort and I think he means that.
I met him last autumn and he assured me that they wanted
to come through and disarm Iraq by peaceful means,
and that's what we are trying to do as hard as we can.
- Hans Blix

In the last few years, the very idea of telling the truth,
the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is dredged
up only as a final resort when the alternative options of deception,
threat and bribery have all been exhausted.
- Michael Musto

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
- John Muir

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know the power of saying, "Thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved.
He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
- Ralph Nader


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