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In the Wake of Boston: 10 Powerful Quotes About Violence, Hope and Humanity

We all try to make sense of tragedies.  Senseless acts that harm, hurt, maim and take the the lives of innocent people are never logical events. And these instances of violence do not just effect those in harm’s way, they effect us all.

After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, people everywhere – who had no connection to those in Boston – were shaky, saddened and scared. One of the first big viral things that hit social media after the attacks was a quote from Mr. Rogers, it was simple and wise and just what we needed at the time. Sharing this quote was just one way to try to make sense of it all and to look at the horrible events with a bit of hope. We’ve collected nine other quotes about the senselessness of violence, about hope and about the power of humanity. Check them out here, which one is your favorite?

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  • Leonard Bernstein 2 of 11
    Leonard Bernstein
    "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." - Leonard Bernstein
    Source: GoodReads
  • Patton Oswalt 3 of 11
    Patton Oswalt
    "So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.'" Patton Oswalt
    Source: Facebook
  • Martin Luther King 4 of 11
    Martin Luther King
    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." - Martin Luther King
    Source: Brainy Quotes
  • Hillary Clinton 5 of 11
    Hillary Clinton
    "Dignity does not come from avenging insults, especially from violence that can never be justified. It comes from taking responsibility and advancing our common humanity." - Hillary Clinton
    Source: Brainy Quotes
  • Mos Def 6 of 11
    Mos Def
    "I come from a family of very devout, praying people. That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind." - Mos Def
    Source: Brainy Quotes
  • Thomas A. Edison 7 of 11
    Thomas A. Edison
    "Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." - Thomas A. Edison
    Source: Brainy Quotes
  • Desmond Tutu 8 of 11
    Desmond Tutu
    "My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." - Desmond Tutu
    Source: Brainy Quotes
  • Mahatma Gandhi 9 of 11
    Mahatma Gandhi
    "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."
    Source: Facebook
  • Barbara Walters 10 of 11
    Barbara Walters
    "It would be nice to feel that we are a better world, a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity, and to believe in the basic goodness of man." - Barbara Walters
    Source: Brainy Quotes
  • Mr. Rogers 11 of 11
    Mr. Rogers
    "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" - Mr. Rogers
    Source: via Huffington Post
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