Daniel Berrigan - Quotes

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There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake. ---->>>

I don't have to prove my life. I just have to live. ---->>>

One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.

One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.

A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal. ---->>>

You just have to do what you know is right. ---->>>

The Jesuits I know who have died and all their lives were great teachers, they're the least remembered people. ---->>>

I'd like to die with my boots on. ---->>>

We have one of our priests in prison right now, Steve Kelly, for his antiwar actions, and three of us in the community are forbidden to visit him because we're all convicted felons. ---->>>

Because success is such a weasel word anyway, it's such a horribly American word, and it's such a vamp and, I think it's a death trap. ---->>>

Well, I think I was always sort of reflecting where I was and my sense of surroundings and ecology, urban or country, or foreign, living in Europe, very affected by all of that. ---->>>

The arms race is worse than it ever was, the dumping of creation down a military rat hole is worse than it ever was, the wars across the earth are worse than they ever were. ---->>>

I don't know what more to say. I mean, we're all going to die in a world that is worse than when we entered it. ---->>>

It's not going to be easy to change things. ---->>>

I never met a Jesuit before I applied for the order. ---->>>

Spirituality was the main issue. Connection with God was the main issue. ---->>>

And their conviction is that if it is done with that kind of purity it will go somewhere. I believe that with all my heart, but I'm not responsible for its going somewhere. ---->>>

It's also reflective of a young person's religion or faith in that it's highly charged with sacramental imagery and with country imagery, because I was in the seminary for so many years in the country. ---->>>

Well, I've been in several films including documentaries, but the big blockbuster, I was hired as advisor to the actors, I was trying to make Jesuits out of them. ---->>>

You have to struggle to stay alive and be of use as long as you can. ---->>>

I think of my brother just out of prison again. He will have spent ten years of the last 30 in prison. ---->>>

I was publishing when I was 20, 21. And it really never stopped. ---->>>

Most Americans would agree that Plowshares is a Theatre of the Absurd. ---->>>

My father had very little formal education. ---->>>

You can't bank on the outcome. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 05-09, 1921
Birthplace: Virginia, Minnesota, U.S.
Die: 2016-04-30
Occupation: Clergyman

Daniel Joseph Berrigan SJ (May 9, 1921 – April 30, 2016) was an American Jesuit priest, anti-war activist, and poet. Like many others during the 1960s, Berrigan's active protest against the Vietnam War earned him both scorn and admiration, but it was his participation in the Catonsville Nine that made him famous (wikipedia)