Here are some quotes about violence and prejudice that we find inspiring….
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, or establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder the hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
–Dr Martin Luther King
“For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time; hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule.”
–from the Buddhist Dhammapada
“Love communicates, whereas hatred, in the end, doesn’t.”
(John Lennon, Sundance magazine, Aug-Sept 1972)
“Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence.”
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
–John F. Kennedy
“Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”
“You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught from year to year,
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear,
You’ve got to be carefully taught,”
–Rodgers and Hammerstein, from the musical South Pacific
“It is never too late to give up our prejudices”
–Henry David Thoreau