Blogathon #25 – Words on Courage and Dissent

Those of us who stand for peace and nonviolence — including spiritual activists — will be slammed by the majority who believe that guns, force, and might are the solution. They are wrong.

Here are some pep-talk words from those with the courage to walk a different road:

“On religion in particular, the time appears to me to have come, when it is a duty of all who, being qualified in point of knowledge, have, on mature consideration, satisfied themselves that the current opinions are not only false, but hurtful, to make their dissent known.” — philosopher John Stuart Mill

“Courage means going against majority opinion in the name of truth.” –
Vaclav Havel

“To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.” – Confucius

“The courage to die for their beliefs is given only to those who have
the courage to live for them.” – Sheila Kennedy

“We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country
to allow our children to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of
the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says, ‘Disarm!
Disarm!'” – Julia Ward Howe

“Greater than an army with banners is an idea whose time has come.” –
Victor Hugo

“[Y]our task is larger than yourself. If you choose, just by
virtue of being a decent person, you are entrusted with passing on
something of value through a dark, crazy time – preserving your
integrity, in your way, by your acts and your very breathing for those
who will build again when this chaos exhausts itself. People who assume
the burden of their own integrity are free – because integrity is
freedom, and (as Nelson Mandela proved) its force can’t be quelled even
when a person of integrity is jailed. The future lives in our
individual, often lonely, and certainly unprofitable acts of integrity,
or it doesn’t live at all.” – Michael Ventura

“Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me.” – Martin Luther

“That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the
people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them
by doing what you know is wrong.” – William J.H. Boetcker

“Assassinate me you may; intimidate me you cannot.” – John Philpot

“I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of
confusion, misery and death. I see the world gradually being turned into
a wilderness; I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us
too; I can feel the sufferings of millions; and yet, if I look up into
the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty will
end, and that peace and tranquillity will return again … I must uphold
my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry
them out.” – Anne Frank

“Do not fear your enemies. The worst they can do is kill you. Do not
fear friends. At worst, they may betray you. Fear those who do not care;
they neither kill nor betray, but betrayal and murder exists because of
their silent consent.” – Bruno Jasienski

“Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.” – Maggie Kuhn

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

“It was better, he thought, to fail in attempting exquisite things than
to succeed in the department of the utterly contemptible.” – Arthur

“This thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the
staying down.” – Mary Pickford

“A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil
means.” – Sallust, Jugurthine War

“Write on my gravestone: ‘Infidel, Traitor’ – infidel to every church
that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses
the people.” – Wendell Phillips

“For Chrissake, open your mouths. Don’t you people get tired of being
stepped on?” – Bette Midler

“Dissent without resistance is consent.” – Henry David Thoreau



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