Barbara Deming

Quotes: Barbara Deming

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    A great many of us [must] move from words to acts - from words of dissent to acts of disobedience.
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    After the revolution, it might very well remain necessary to place people where they could not do harm to others. But the one under restraint should be cut off from the rest of society as little as possible.
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    After the revolution, let us hope, prisons simply would not exist - if by prisons we mean places that could be experienced by the men and women in them at all as every place that goes by that name now is bound to be experienced.
    Source: We cannot live without our lives
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    All prisons that have existed in our society to date put people away as no human being should ever be put away.
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    Make it impossible for [the authority] to operate within the system as usual... making it impossible for him simply to strike back without thought and with all his strength.
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    Nonviolent action does not have to get others to be nice. It can in effect force them to consult their consciences.
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    Nonviolent actions does not have to get others to be nice. It can in effect force them to consult their consciences.
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    Nonviolent tactics can move into action on our behalf men not naturally inclined to act for us.
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    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.
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    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.
    Source: We cannot live without our lives
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    People who attack others need rationalizations for doing so. We undermine those rationalizations.
    Source: We cannot live without our lives
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    Punishment cannot heal spirits, can only break them.
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    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.
    Source: Two essays: On anger, New men, new women : some thoughts on nonviolence
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    The injunction that we should love our neighbors as ourselves means to us equally that we should love ourselves as we love our neighbors.
    Source: We cannot live without our lives
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    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.
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