"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."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Barbara Deming on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Barbara Deming on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Barbara Deming on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Barbara Deming on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Barbara Deming on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"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."