Pacifism quotes:

  • Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist -- George Orwell
  • I really believe that Bob Dylan and others have speeded up the changes. Pacifism has found a voice at last. -- David Bowie
  • Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group without being willing to pay; and claims a halo for his dishonesty. -- Robert A. Heinlein
  • Pacifism will remain an ideal, war a fact, and if the White race decides to wage it no longer, the dark ones will, and will become the masters of the world. -- Oswald Spengler
  • Pacifism in the face of war is not only irresponsible - it is immoral. Refusing to meet force with force in the name of peace will beget not peace, but further death and destruction, the very violence the pacifists seek to avoid. -- David Limbaugh
  • We believe half-instinctively that evil always defeats itself in the long run. Pacifism is founded largely on this belief. Don't resist evil, and it will somehow destroy itself. But why should it? What evidence is there that it does... unless conquered from the outside by military force? -- George Orwell
  • Pacifism is simply undisguised cowardice. -- Adolf Hitler
  • Pacifism is a virtue indisguishable from cowardice. -- Brent Weeks
  • Pacifism is a virtue indistinguishable from cowardice. -- Brent Weeks
  • Pacifism simply is not a matter of calm looking on; it is work, hard work. -- Kathe Kollwitz
  • Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group -- Robert A. Heinlein
  • Pacifism, the preaching of peace in the abstract, is one of the means of duping the working class. -- Vladimir Lenin
  • Pacifism is a nice idea but it can get you killed. We're not there yet. Evolution is slow, small pox is fast. -- George Carlin
  • Pacifism, to me, is primarily a way of actively struggling against injustice and inhumanity; My kind of pacifism may be called "non-violent resistance". -- Dwight Macdonald
  • Pacifism means letting the non-pacifists have control ... Pacifism will remain an ideal, war a fact. If the white races are resolved never to wage war again, the colored will act differently and become rulers of the world. -- Oswald Spengler
  • Pacifism as a mass movement aims to avoid suffering; pacifists often say that no cause is worth suffering or dying for. The ethos of Solidarity is based on an opposite premise - that there are causes worth suffering and dying for. -- Adam Michnik
  • Love does not imply pacifism. -- Derrick Jensen
  • There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for. -- Albert Camus
  • Men have been pacifists for every reason under the sun except to avoid danger and fighting. -- William Faulkner
  • Despotic governments can stand 'moral force' till the cows come home; what they fear is physical force. -- George Orwell
  • Being a pacifist to save your own life is normal, being a pacifist for the lives of others is true pacifism. -- Ammon Hennacy
  • My pacifism is not based on any intellectual theory but on a deep antipathy to every form of cruelty and hatred. -- Albert Einstein
  • The peace of the man who has forsworn the use of the bullet seems to me not quite peace, but a canting impotence. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The noble art of losing face may one day save the human race and turn into eternal merit what weaker minds would call disgrace. -- Piet Pieterszoon Hein
  • If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless. -- Henry A. Kissinger
  • Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively the pacifist is pro-Nazi. -- George Orwell
  • I know there are some Christians who believe that war and their participation in it are morally wrong. While I respect their views and must allow them to follow their consciences, I do not believe the Bible teaches pacifism. -- Pat Robertson
  • My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the murder of men is disgusting. My attitude is not derived from any intellectual theory but is based on my deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty and hatred. -- Albert Einstein
  • If you say that you reject violence when it exceeds the limits imposed by the needs of defense, they accuse you of pacifism, without understanding that violence is the whole essence of authoritarianism, just as the repudiation of violence is the whole essence of anarchism. -- Errico Malatesta
  • Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me'. -- George Orwell
  • The tragedy is not that nonviolence did not work against the Nazis, but that it was so seldom utilized...The churches as a whole were too docile or anti-semitic, and too ignorant of the nonviolent message of the Gospel, to act effectively to resist the Nazis or act in solidarity with the Jews. -- Walter Wink
  • Essentially, I'm a very real person; good and bad. And the public image is one of being very good, I suppose. But one of the reasons I'm attracted to people like Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Christ, to pacifism, is because naturally, I'm the guy that would not turn the other cheek - but, when people see you're attracted to that, they think you are that. -- Bono
  • The Bible is clear here: I am to love my neighbor as myself, in the manner needed, in a practical way, in the midst of the fallen world, at my particular point of history. This is why I am not a pacifist. Pacifism in this poor world in which we live -- this lost world -- means that we desert the people who need our greatest help. -- Francis Schaeffer
  • Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing. -- Harry J. Anslinger
  • A pacifist has a lot of difficulty reconciling pacifism with scripture. -- Mark Driscoll
  • Wild Goose exemplifies how the Evangelical Left translates 'social justice' into Big Government and pacifism. -- Mark Tooley
  • There was only one virtue, pugnacity; only one vice, pacifism. That is an essential condition of war. -- George Bernard Shaw
  • The conflict between pacifism and socialism ultimately reflects a greater quandary of how one engages with such a system. -- Hal Duncan
  • I have a great admiration for pacifism, but I'm not a pacifist, mainly because I would defend myself if I were attacked. -- Murray Bookchin
  • The goal of pacifism is possible only though a supranational organization. To stand unconditionally for this cause is the criterion of true pacifism. -- Albert Einstein
  • A pacifism which can see the cruelties only of occasional military warfare and is blind to the continuous cruelties of our social system is worthless. -- Mahatma Gandhi
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  • We must begin to inculcate our children against militarism by educating them in the spirit of pacifism. Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal it's horror. I would teach peace rather than war. -- Albert Einstein
  • Principles-and I have in mind such principles as states' rights or national sovereignty or the free market or pacifism-have a way of drying up while the sap of life goes flowing in another direction. -- Max Lerner