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Barbara Deming Quotes

When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me
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Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour
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Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally
You had me at hello
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Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
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When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew
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Think first of the action that is right to take, think later about coping with one’s fears  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Vengeance is not the point; change is. But the trouble is that in most people’s minds the thought of victory and the thought of punishing the enemy coincide.  (Barbara Deming Quotes) To resort to power one need not be violent, and to speak to conscience one need not be meek. The most effective action both resorts to power and engages conscience.  (Barbara Deming Quotes) There is clearly a kind of anger that is healthy. It is the concentration of one’s whole being in the determination: this must change.  (Barbara Deming Quotes) The longer we listen to one another - with real attention - the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions  (Barbara Deming Quotes) The free man must be born before freedom can be won, and the brotherly man must be born before full brotherhood can be won. It will come into being only if we build it out of our very muscle and bone - by trying to act it out  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Of course it can be said of jails, too, that they try - by punishing the troublesome - to deter others. No doubt, in certain instances this deterrence actually works. But generally speaking it fails conspicuously  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Let me be really here, here in this place and this time where I am  (Barbara Deming Quotes) We believe, in fact, that the one act of respect has little force unless matched by the other - in balance with it... The acting out of that dual respect I would name as precisely the source of our power  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Nonviolent action does not have to get others to be nice. It can in effect force them to consult their consciences  (Barbara Deming Quotes) We cannot live without our lives  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Our own pulse beats in every stranger’s throat  (Barbara Deming Quotes) A liberation movement that is nonviolent sets the oppressor free as well as the oppressed  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Surely all of us are nerved by one another, catch courage from one another  (Barbara Deming Quotes) There should be no censorship of mail  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Punishment cannot heal spirits, can only break them  (Barbara Deming Quotes) People who attack others need rationalizations for doing so. We undermine those rationalizations  (Barbara Deming Quotes) People may find it more comfortable to listen to us if we equivocate, but in the long run only words that discomfort them are going to change our situation  (Barbara Deming Quotes) There is clearly a kind of anger that is healthy. It is the concentration of one’s whole being in the determination: this must change  (Barbara Deming Quotes) It is one thing to be able to state the price the antagonist paid, another to be able to count you own real gains  (Barbara Deming Quotes) To resort to power one need not be violent, and to speak to conscience one need not be meek  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Our task, of course, is to transmute the anger that is affliction into the anger that is determination to bring about change. I think, in fact, that one could give that as a definition of revolution  (Barbara Deming Quotes) What is the revolution that we need? We need to dissolve the lie that some people have a right to think of other people as their property. And we need at last to form a circle that includes us all, in which all of us are seen as equal... We do not belong to the other, but our lives are linked; we belong in a circle of others  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Gandhi once declared that it was his wife who unwittingly taught him the effectiveness of nonviolence. Who better than women should know that battles can be won without resort to physical strength? Who better than we should know all the power that resides in noncooperation?  (Barbara Deming Quotes) To resort to power one need not be violent, and to speak to conscience one need not be meek. The most effective action both resorts to power and engages conscience. Nonviolent actions does not have to get others to be nice. It can in effect force them to consult their consciences. Nor does it have to petition those in power to do something about a situation. It can face the authorities with a new fact and say: Accept this new situation which we have created  (Barbara Deming Quotes) This is the heart of my argument: We can put more pressure on the antagonist for whom we show human concern  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Think first of the action that is right to take, think later about coping with one’s fears  (Barbara Deming Quotes) The point is to change one’s life. The point is not to give some vent to the emotions that have been destroying one; the point is so to act that one can master them now  (Barbara Deming Quotes) The injunction that we should love our neighbors as ourselves means to us equally that we should love ourselves as we love our neighbors  (Barbara Deming Quotes) Nonviolent tactics can move into action on our behalf men not naturally inclined to act for us  (Barbara Deming Quotes)
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