Blessed Are the Peacemakers


Quiz on Notable Pacifists

From USA Today, October 16, 2001, 7D


Match the quote with the pacifist:


1.    “Young people say, ‘What can one person do?  What is the sense of our small effort?’  They cannot see that we can only lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment.”


2.    “You can no more win a war than win an earthquake.”


3.    “The State is not armed with superior wit or honesty, but with superior physical strength.  I was not born to be forced.  I will breathe after my own fashion.  Let us see who is strongest.”


4.    “If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives.  Do good anyway…The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do god anyway…Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt.  Give the world your best anyway.”


5.    “But there are some things in our social system to which all of us ought to be maladjusted…I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism and the self-defeating method of physical violence.”


6.    “We must be the change we wish to see.”




1.    Dorothea Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, and comforter of homeless people for nearly 50 years.

2.    Jeannette Rankin, Montana congresswoman who voted against entry into World War I and World War II.

3.    Henry David Thoreau, author of “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.”

4.    Mother Teresa, from Meditations for a Simple Path.

5.    Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights activist

6.    Mohandas Gandhi, led push to free India of British control through non-violent protest.