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We shall not yield to violence.
by Lech Walesa

We shall not yield to violence.
We shall not be deprived of union freedoms.
We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.
- Lech Walesa

It is hardly possible to build anything,
if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.
- Lech Walesa

My youth passed at the time of the country's reconstruction
from the ruins and ashes of the war in which my nation
never bowed to the enemy paying the highest price in the struggle.
- Lech Walesa

Our firm conviction that ours is a just cause and that
we must find a peaceful way to attain our goals gave
us the strength and the awareness of the limits beyond which we must not go.
- Lech Walesa

 

I'm lazy.
But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and
the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things.
- Lech Walesa

I must tell you that the supply of words on the world market is plentiful,
but the demand is falling.
- Lech Walesa

I have always been and will be an enemy of communism,
but I love all people.
- Lech Walesa

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Our national history has so often filled us with bitterness
and the feeling of helplessness.
- Lech Walesa

I made the right decisions, I set everything on the right course,
the reforms are going in the right direction.
- Lech Walesa

The supply of words in the world market is plentiful
but the demand is falling.
Let deeds follow words now.
- Lech Walesa

We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid,
because freedom is priceless.
- Lech Walesa

The program of our movement stems from the fundamental moral laws and order.
- Lech Walesa

Let the veil of silence fall presently over what happened afterwards.
Silence, too, can speak out.
- Lech Walesa

I realize that the strivings of the Polish people gave rise,
and still do so, to the feelings of understanding and
solidarity all over the world.
- Lech Walesa

You have riches and freedom here but I feel no sense of faith or direction.
You have so many computers, why don't you use them in the search for love?
- Lech Walesa

The defense of our rights and our dignity,
as well as efforts never to let ourselves to be overcome
by the feeling of hatred -
this is the road we have chosen.
- Lech Walesa

He who puts out his hand to stop the wheel of history
will have his fingers crushed.
- Lech Walesa

I got politics and economics moving and then others took over.
- Lech Walesa

Lying at the root of the social agreements of 1980 are the courage,
sense of responsibility, and the solidarity of the working people.
Both sides have then recognized that an accord must
be reached if bloodshed is to be prevented.
- Lech Walesa

What until then seemed impossible to achieve has become a fact of life.
We have won the right to association in trade unions
independent from the authorities,
founded and shaped by the working people themselves.
- Lech Walesa

The hope of the nation which throughout the nineteenth
century had not for a moment reconciled itself with
the loss of independence,
and fighting for its own freedom, fought at the same
time for the freedom of other nations.
- Lech Walesa

I belong to a nation which over the past centuries
has experienced many hardships and reverses.
The world reacted with silence or with mere sympathy
when Polish frontiers were crossed by invading armies
and the sovereign state had to succumb to brutal force.
- Lech Walesa

This conviction brought me, in the summer of 1978,
to the Free Trade Unions - formed by a group of courageous
and dedicated people who came out in the defense of
the workers' rights and dignity.
- Lech Walesa

I belong to the generation of workers who,
born in the villages and hamlets of rural Poland,
had the opportunity to acquire education and find employment in industry,
becoming in the course conscious of their rights and importance in society.
- Lech Walesa

I most sincerely wish that the world in which we live
be free from the threat of a nuclear holocaust and
from the ruinous arms race.
It is my cherished desire that peace be not separated
from freedom which is the right of every nation.
This I desire and for this I pray.
- Lech Walesa

My country is in the grips of a major economic crisis.
This is causing dramatic consequences for the very
existence of Polish families.
A permanent economic crisis in Poland may also have
serious repercussions for Europe.
Thus, Poland ought to be helped and deserves help.
- Lech Walesa

As a nation we have the right to decide our own affairs,
to mould our own future.
This does not pose any danger to anybody.
Our nation is fully aware of the responsibility for
its own fate in the complicated situation of the contemporary world.
- Lech Walesa

My most ardent desire is that my country will recapture
its historic opportunity for a peaceful evolution and
that Poland will prove to the world that even the most
complex situations can be solved by a dialogue and not by force.
- Lech Walesa

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

The sole and basic source of our strength is the solidarity of workers,
peasants and the intelligentsia, the solidarity of the nation,
the solidarity of people who seek to live in dignity,
truth, and in harmony with their conscience.
- Lech Walesa

We shall see but a little way if
we require to understand what we see.
- Henry David Thoreau

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live
that his happiness shall depend
as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

We must, indeed, all hang together or,
most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin

What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must all hang together,
or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin

Give me a lever long enough
and a fulcrum on which to place it,
and I shall move the world.
- Archimedes

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

If we open a quarrel between past and present,
we shall find that we have lost the future.
- Winston Churchill

Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you
shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted,
every hill and mountain shall be made low,
the rough places will be made straight
and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
and all flesh shall see it together.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fear not death; for the sooner we die,
the longer shall we be immortal.
- Benjamin Franklin

Resolve to keep happy, and your joy
and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller

Blessed is he who expects nothing,
for he shall never be disappointed.
- Alexander Pope

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom,
no longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from.
Fill your life with love and bravery,
and you shall live a life uncommon.
- Jewel

We know nothing at all.
All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren.
The real nature of things we shall never know.
- Albert Einstein

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself
the means of inspiration and survival.
- Winston Churchill

I must uphold my ideals,
for perhaps the time will come
when I shall be able to carry them out.
- Anne Frank

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels.
We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
- Anton Chekhov

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
- Mother Teresa

If we will be quiet and ready enough,
we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
- Henry David Thoreau

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

So long as the memory of certain
beloved friends lives in my heart,
I shall say that life is good.
- Helen Keller

If we are not happy and joyous at this season,
for what other season shall we wait and
for what other time shall we look?
- Abdul-Baha

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled or torn?
What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled
in the dirt once or twice.
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another,
but let him work diligently and build one for himself,
thus by example assuring that his own
shall be safe from violence when built.
- Abraham Lincoln

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

When we see the face of God
we shall know that we have always known it.
He has been a party to, has made, sustained
and moved moment by moment within,
all our earthly experiences of innocent love.
- C. S. Lewis

Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves
for they shall never cease to be amused.
- Anonymous

If you are walking to seek, ye shall find.
- Sommeil Liberosensa

This too, shall pass.
- Bible

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth
you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
- Khalil Gibran

Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.
- John 16:24

Though lovers be lost love shall not.
- Dylan Thomas

Show me a man who knows his own heart
and to him I shall belong.
- Jewel

As you sow, so shall you reap.
- Galatians 6:7

Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?
Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nature and human life are as various
as our several constitutions.
Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?
- Henry David Thoreau


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