What does “Silence is violence” mean?
The world suffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people.
-Napoleon Bonaparte (1789-1810)
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out…Because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out… Because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out… Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me… and there was no one left to speak for me.
-Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)