Adolfo Perez Esquivel Quotes

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (born November 26, 1931) is an Argentine human rights activist, community organizer, pacifist, art painter, writer and sculptor. He was the recipient of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the defense of human rights, especially during Argentina's last civil-military dictatorship (1976-1983), during which he was detained, tortured, and held without trial for 14 months; during that period he also received, among other distinctions, the Pope John XXIII Peace Memorial

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Adolfo Perez Esquivel


Don't stand back with your arms folded; step forward... There is hope and light to resist injustice and promote peace without violence.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


For me, it is essential to have the inner peace and serenity of prayer in order to listen to the silence of God, which speaks to us, in our personal life and the history of our times, of the power of love.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


We know we cannot plant seeds with closed fists. To sow, we must open our hands.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


We know that peace is only possible when it is the fruit of justice. True peace is a profound transformation by means of the force of nonviolence that is the power of love.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


Consider in 1945, when the United Nations was first formed, there were something like fifty-one original member countries. Now the United Nations is made up of 193 nations, but it follows the same structure in which five nations control it. It's an anti-democratic structure.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


The best power of all is to be free, but Obama is not a free person. He is a prisoner of a military system. He talked about closing Guantanamo and ending the war in Iraq. Now he's taken on another war. What's happening?

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


Reflection is only a partial understanding of truth if it does not translate itself in practice into commitments to the common good and justice. Truth is not mere abstraction but something to be done and is only apprehended when this is realized.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


Nonviolence is absolute respect for each human being.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


We must apply our humble efforts to the construction of a more just and humane world. And I want to declare emphatically: Such a world is possible. To create this new society, we must present outstretched and friendly hands, without hatred and rancor, even as we show great determination and never waver in the defense of truth and justice. Because we know that we cannot sow seeds with clenched fists. To sow we must open our hands.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


We cannot sow seeds with clenched fists. To sow we must open our hands.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


... we believe in the vocation of communion and participation of our people, who day to day awaken to their political conscience and express their desire for change and profound democratization of society. A change based on justice, built with love, and which will bring us the most anxiously desired fruits of peace.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel


“When the man forgets the man forgets God and also loses all its reason for being.”

Adolfo Perez Esquivel