Pacifist quotes:

  • Pacifist propaganda and the resolutions of the parliamentarians encouraged such treaties, and toward the end of the nineteenth century their number had increased considerably. -- Ludwig Quidde
  • Even a pacifist should admire the military virtues. -- John Keegan
  • The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout. -- Alice Walker
  • The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer. -- Theodore Roosevelt
  • My father, who had lost a brother, fighting on the Austrian side in World War I, was a committed pacifist. -- Walter Kohn
  • The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals. -- Alfred North Whitehead
  • From pacifist to terrorist, each person condemns violence - and then adds one cherished case in which it may be justified. -- Gloria Steinem
  • I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war. -- Albert Einstein
  • I'm not a pacifist. I was very much for the war against Hitler and I also supported the intervention in Korea, but in this war we went in there to steal Vietnam. -- Benjamin Spock
  • I had to experience how someone beside me suddenly falls over and is dead and the bullet has hit him squarely. I had to experience that quite directly. I wanted it. I'm therefore not a pacifist at all - or am I? -- Otto Dix
  • Gert: Wake me when the fight scene's over. Kitty Pryde: Oy, tell me about it. Hey, I'm Kitty. You the token pacifist of your group? Gert: Not exactly. Pacifists are like vegans, I'm more of a vegetarian. I enjoy fish and occasional maulings. -- Brian K. Vaughan
  • Jesus was a pacifist. -- Chris Hedges
  • I'm really a pacifist. -- Oliver Reed
  • A pacifist between wars is like a vegetarian between meals. -- Ammon Hennacy
  • The surest way to become a pacifist is to join the infantry. -- Bill Mauldin
  • The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war. -- Vera Brittain
  • I am an absolute pacifist...It is an instinctive feeling. It is a feeling that possesses me, because the murder of men is disgusting. -- Albert Einstein
  • A pacifist will often - at least nowadays - be an internationalist and vice versa. But history shows us that a pacifist need not think internationally. -- Christian Lous Lange
  • Santa Claus wears a Red Suit, he must be a communist. And a beard and long hair, must be a pacifist. What's in that pipe that he's smoking? -- Arlo Guthrie
  • Theres no way that I could be the president. You cant have a pacifist in the White House... Im an actor. This is what I do for a living. -- Martin Sheen
  • I am not a terrorist, but neither am I a pacifist. I am simply a regular guy from the Palestinian street advocating only what every other oppressed person has advocated-the right to help myself in the absence of help from anywhere else. -- Marwan Barghouti
  • Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are great examples of fantastic nonviolents who died violently. I can never work that out. We're pacifists, but I'm not sure what it means when you're such a pacifist that you get shot. I can never understand that. -- John Lennon
  • All that a pacifist can undertake -- but it is a very great deal -- is to refuse to kill, injure or otherwise cause suffering to another human creature, and untiringly to order his life by the rule of love though others may be captured by hate. -- Vera Brittain
  • I'm a pacifist. -- Joel Edgerton
  • I am a pacifist. -- Fred Schneider
  • I'm basically a pacifist. -- Richard Engel
  • Cracked was a very short warrior, whereas Marley was a pacifist warrior. -- Yannick Noah
  • Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals. -- Colman McCarthy
  • What I really learned in the army was how to be a pacifist. -- Utah Phillips
  • I'm not a pacifist. I feel that there are situations where fighting is inescapable, but we don't go looking for those things. -- Bruce Cockburn
  • There's no way that I could be the president. You can't have a pacifist in the White House... I'm an actor. This is what I do for a living. -- Martin Sheen
  • If people have to put labels on me, I'd prefer the first label to be human being, the second label to be pacifist, and the third to be folk singer. -- Joan Baez
  • A sane person doesn't think war is a good idea. I'm not a pacifist. I feel that there are situations where fighting is inescapable, but we don't go looking for those things. -- Bruce Cockburn
  • A film that I love is 'Deliverance' from back in the day. You start out with these archetypal characters - the hero, the bookworm, the pacifist - and by the end, it's all turned upside down. I love that. -- Frank Grillo
  • There was a time when liberalism was identified with anti-Communism. But the Vietnam War led liberals into the arms of the Left, which had been morally confused about Communism since its inception and had become essentially pacifist following the carnage of World War I. -- Dennis Prager
  • If you take guns away from legal gun owners, then the only people who would have guns would be the bad guys. Even a pacifist would get violent if someone were trying to kill him or her. You would fight for your life, whatever your beliefs. -- Bruce Willis
  • I don't want any romantics to go into the military. I'm not a pacifist. I think we need a military, and the better one we have, the better off we are. I don't want kids going in there thinking that it's John Wayne on Iwo Jima. That's not healthy. -- Karl Marlantes
  • I'm a pacifist. I believe there are ways to solve the world's problems. Instead of putting all this money to create arms, I think countries should invest in scholarships for kids to study abroad. Perhaps they could become good and knowledgeable professors in their own countries. You need time for that kind of change, though. -- Marjane Satrapi
  • Your brain sends out vibrations all the time, and your thoughts affect your life and other people's. They pick up these thoughts and get changed by them. That's why, say, a pacifist gets caught up in a riot situation. It's a field of vibrations - you can 'feel' someone else's thoughts when close to them. -- Bruce Lipton
  • I'm not a pacifist. I'm not that brave. -- Phil Donahue
  • Nobody who's ever been to Gulag is a pacifist. -- William F. Buckley, Jr.
  • I'm a pacifist. I don't believe in 'good' wars. -- Wendy Doniger
  • A pacifist has a lot of difficulty reconciling pacifism with scripture. -- Mark Driscoll
  • I shall die ... as I have lived, rationalist, socialist, pacifist, and humanitarian. -- Henry Stephens Salt
  • I'm not a pacifist. I do believe that, unfortunately, war is necessary. -- Mike Hoffman
  • I think that religions must seek peace and love and therefore be pacifist. -- Pierre Trudeau
  • He who cherishes the value of cultures cannot fail to be a pacifist. -- Albert Einstein
  • I am peaceful but I am not a pacifist in the philosophical sense. -- Pierre Trudeau
  • I am a pacifist, but be aware that I also carry a gun. -- M.F. Moonzajer
  • A.J. [Muste] was a - as he likes to say, a radical pacifist. -- Nat Hentoff
  • The only thing for a pacifist to do is to find a substitute for war. -- Freya Stark
  • Bye-bye, Elan. P.S., Next time you implicate someone falsely, try to pick a pacifist. -- J.R. Ward
  • Guns make me very nervous. They're dangerous. I'm more of a pacifist than anyone could imagine. -- Christopher Walken
  • [A pacifist is] the last and least excusable on the list of the enemies of society. -- Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • In a world built on violence, one must be a revolutionary before one can be a pacifist. -- A. J. Muste
  • What does it mean when a person is such a pacifist that they get shot? I can never understand that. -- John Lennon
  • Being a pacifist to save your own life is normal, being a pacifist for the lives of others is true pacifism. -- Ammon Hennacy
  • In that respect, Martin Luther King, whom A.J.[Muste] advised in the civil rights movement, was also a radical pacifist. -- Nat Hentoff
  • It was the kind of sword that would make a lifelong pacifist look for tall boots and a hat with feathers. -- Ilona Andrews
  • 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
  • I'm not a pacifist by any measure, but I'm also fully aware that the reasons I might go to war could be very dubious. -- Sherman Alexie
  • I'm really interested in how conflicts arise and how they reach points of no return. I'm no pacifist. Sometimes force is necessary. But war is a choice. -- Paolo Bacigalupi
  • A pacifist male is a contradiction in terms. Most self-described "pacifists" are not pacific; they simply assume false colors. When the wind changes, they hoist the Jolly Roger. -- Robert A. Heinlein
  • 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
  • India was not a pacifist country at all. India placed great emphasis on the higher value on... on violence. But it was never a substitute for not doing anything, or for cowardice. -- Subramanian Swamy
  • I'm not a pacifist, but I'm not a violent person. I mean, I have a gun. I shoot guns, but I wouldn't say I love guns. It doesn't work that way for me. -- David Rasche
  • [A.J. Muste] never engaged in violence but he believed, as [Mahatma] Gandhi did - and he knew Gandhi slightly - he believed that a pacifist had to be active in the community. -- Nat Hentoff
  • I must honor those who fight of their own free will, he said to himself. And I must try to imitate their courage by following my path as a pacifist, wherever it takes me. -- Christopher Isherwood
  • I have always hated war and am by nature and philosophy a pacifist, but it is the English who are forcing war on us, and the first principle of war is to kill the enemy. -- Constance Markievicz
  • While I am a convinced pacifist there are circumstances in which I believe the use of force is appropriate - namely, in the face of an enemy unconditionally bent on destroying me and my people. -- Albert Einstein
  • I personally am not a total pacifist. I do believe there is such a thing as a just war. I believe, for instance, the effort to destroy the Nazi regime militarily was justified military action. -- Marianne Williamson
  • I am not an absolute pacifist, because I can't rule out the possibility that under some, carefully defined circumstances, some degree of violence may be justified, if it is focused directly at a great evil. -- Howard Zinn