Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people.
We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.
The people united will never be defeated.
In the no-nonsense school of adversity, which we did not choose for ourselves, we are learning how to operate a labor union.
We have suffered unnumbered ills and crimes in the name of the Law of the Land. Our men, women and children have suffered not only the basic brutality of stoop labor, and the most obvious injustices of the system; they have also suffered the desperation of knowing that the system caters to the greed of callous men and not to our needs. Now we will suffer for the purpose of ending the poverty, the misery, and the injustice, with the hope that our children will not be exploited as we have been. They have imposed hungers on us, and now we hunger for justice.
Imagine the National Guard being called against a group of peaceful people. How far can we get; how disgraceful can it become? It’s the most disgraceful, the most wicked thing I’ve seen in all my years of organizing farm labor.
The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.
In non-violence the cause has to be just and clear as well as the means.
In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence.
You know, if people are not pacifists, it’s not their fault. It’s because society puts them in that spot. You’ve got to change it. You don’t just change a man – you’ve got to change his environment as you do it.
There’s no reason to be non-violent. There’s no challenge unless you are living for people.
We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better and more just world for our children. People who make that choice will know hardship and sacrifice. But if you give yourself totally to the non-violence struggle for peace and justice you also find that people give you their hearts and you will never go hungry and never be alone. And in giving of yourself you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love.
Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak… Non-violence is hard work.
Non-violence has suffered its biggest defeat in the hands of people who most want to talk about it.
The non-violent technique does not depend for its success on the goodwill of the oppressor, but rather on the unfailing assistance of God.
The people who give you their food give you their heart.
I’m angry that I live in a world where a man who picks your food can’t feed his family.
They’d rather sell the grapes to London or Stockholm, and think
that that will erase all the indignities that people suffered.
We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community – and this nation.
The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.
If you are interested in preventing animal suffering, the first thing you should give up is eggs and milk because the animals who produce those foods lead the unhappiest lives. You would do better to eat meat and stop eating eggs and dairy products.
Non-violence exacts a very high price from one who practices it. But once you are able to meet that demand then you can do most things.
Those who are willing to sacrifice and be of service have very little difficulty with people. They know what they are all about. People can’t help but want to be near them. They help them; they work with them. That’s what love is all about. It starts with your heart and radiates out.