Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

James W. Douglass

American Author, Activist, Theologian, Founder of teh Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

"I believe that there is, that there must be, a spiritual reality corresponding to E=mc2 because from the standpoint of creative harmony, the universe is incomplete without it, and because, from the standpoint of moral freedom, humankind is sentenced to extinction without it."

"Is there a spiritual reality, inconceivable to us today, which corresponds in history to the physical reality which Einstein discovered and which led to the atomic bomb? Einstein discovered a law of physical change: the way to convert a single particle of matter into enormous physical energy. Might there not also be, as Gandhi suggested, an equally incredible and [as yet] undiscovered law of spiritual change, whereby a single person or small community of persons could be converted into an enormous spiritual energy capable of transforming a society and a world?"

"Non-violence is for the strong, not the weak. But in itself non-violence is a human imperative to be strong."

"The first things to be disputed by our commitment to nonviolence will be not the system but our own lives."

"If we go as far as we can into the darkness, regardless of the consequences, I believe a midnight truth will free us from our bondage to violence and bring us to the light of peace."