The first duty of love is to listen.
What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?
If you don’t understand this, you will get lost, no matter how clever you are. It is the great secret.
You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.
We must understand first that nonviolence is not passivity. It is instead creative activity. That activity takes place within particular limits: … The recognition of others as fellow human beings, even when they are our adversaries.
That recognition does not require that we acquiesce to the demands of others when we disagree. Rather, it requires that our action, even when it coerces the other (as boycotts, strikes, sit-ins and human blockades often do), does not aim to destroy that other in his or her humanity.
It requires that we recognize others as fellow human beings, even when they are on the other side of the barricades.
Friends are angels who lift our feet when our own wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
The passions of delusion are inexhaustible. I vow to extinguish them.
The number of beings is endless. I vow to save them.
The Truth cannot be told. I vow to tell it.
The Way which cannot be followed is unattainable. I vow to attain it.
The whole universe or the structure that perceives it is a worthy opponent, but try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhaps as an old man I will take great comfort in pottering around in a lab and gently talking to students in the summer evening and will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions are tasked to act on them.