A dictator must fool all the people all the time and there's only one way to do that, he must also fool himself.
A Rattlesnake, If Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is -- a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm
Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
Aye, fight! But not your neighbor. Fight rather all the things that cause you and your neighbor to fight.
Because we want peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war of course continues because the waging of war is total. But the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial. So a whole will and a whole heart and a whole national life bent t
Diplomacy is a disguised war, in which states seek to gain by barter and intrigue, by the cleverness of arts, the objectives which they would have to gain more clumsily by means of war.
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.
Don't worry over what other people are thinking about you. They're too busy worrying over what you are thinking about them.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work for it.
Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
I have no race prejudice I think I have no color prejudices or caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. Indeed I know it. I can stand any society. All that I care to know is that a man is a human being -- that is enough for me; he can't be any worse.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
I wonder what the engineers, technicians, and workers who make weapons all day long for killing their neighbor can possibly be thinking of. They're not working for a living; they're working for dying.
If a man doesn't find something to die for he probably hasn't anything to live for.
If mankind recognizes that war is impossible...that all national rivalries are foolish...if they get together any kind of an extension of detente... then we may pull out of it all the better for it.
If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I and Congress and assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves.
If we do not change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed for.
If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
In marriage, as in war, it is permitted to take every advantage of the enemy.
In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence.
In time of war the first casualty is truth.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Integrity includes but goes beyond honesty. Honesty is telling the truth -- in other words, conforming our words to reality. Integrity is conforming reality to our words -- in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations. This requires an int
It is a tragic mix-up when the United States spends $500,000 for every enemy soldier killed, and only $53 annually on the victims of poverty.
It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.
It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.
Let your plans be dark and as impenetratable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
My greatest weapon is mute prayer.
No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.
No conquest can ever become permanent which does not show itself beneficial to the conquered as well as to the conquerors.
No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country.
Nobody was born nonviolent, No one was born charitable. None of us comes to these things by nature but only by conversion. The first duty of the nonviolent community is helping its members work upon themselves and come to conversion.
Non-violence which is a quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
Nonviolence doesn't always work -- but violence never does.
Now the trumpet summons us agai, not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need, not as a call to battle, though embattled we are, but as a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle - a struggle against the common enemies of man - tyranny, pove
Oh, great Father, never let me judge another man until I have walked in his moccasins for two weeks.
Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you.
Self-confidence gives you the freedom to make mistakes and cope with failure without feeling that your world has come to an end or that you are a worthless person.
Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small.
The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.
The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never neglect any work of peace within our reach, however small.
The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end.
There is no lasting hope in violence, only temporary relief from hopelessness.
Those who make peaceful change impossible;Make violent revolution inevitable.
To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Try living one day without any unhealthy thoughts. It may be very difficult, but try another day, until it becomes habitual, and life will move in the direction of becoming healthy, vital, and alive.
Very few people chose war, They chose selfishness and the result was war. Each of us, individually and nationally, must choose: total love or total war.
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.
We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
We cannot let another person into our hearts or minds unless we empty ourselves. We can truly listen to him or truly hear her only out of emptiness.
We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way.
We have seen the enemy and he is us.
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last.
We must conquer war or war will conquer us.
When shall it be said in any country of the world my poor are happy; neither ignorance or distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational worl
When the rich make war it's the poor that die.
When you hear a man say, "I hate," adding the name of some race, nation, religion, or social class, you are dealing with a belated mind. That man may dress like a modern, ride in an automobile, listen over the radio, but his mind is properly dat
Work hard to create in your children a good self-image. It's the most important thing you can do to insure their success.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face; You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.