Barbara Deming Quotes & Sayings

21 most famous Barbara Deming quotes and sayings (author). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

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.”
“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
“Punishment cannot heal spirits, can only break them.”
Barbara Deming Quotes
“All prisons that have existed in our society to date put people away as no human being should ever be put away.”
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
“I think the only choice that will enable us to hold to our vision... is one that abandons the concept of naming enemies and adopts a concept familiar to the nonviolent tradition: naming behavior that is oppressive.”
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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”

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