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Daniel Berrigan
May 9, 1921 -
Nationality: American
Category: Clergyman
Subcategory: American Clergyman

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.


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


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


My father had very little formal education.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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 have to prove my life. I just have to live.


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.


I'd like to die with my boots on.


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.


You just have to do what you know is right.


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


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.


You can't bank on the outcome.


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


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