"Nonviolence is not some exalted regimen that can be practiced only by a monk or a master; it also pertains to the way one interacts with a child, vacuums a carpet, or waits in line.

Whenever we separate ourselves from a given situation (for example, through inattentiveness, negative judgments, or impatience), we "kill" something valuable: ...people, things, one's own composure, the moment itself... these small-scale incidences of violence accumulate relentlessly, are multiplied on a social level, and become a source of the large-scale violence that can sweep down upon us so suddenly... one need not wait until war is declared and bullets are flying to work for peace... a more constant and equally urgent battle must be waged each day against the forces of one's own anger, carelessness, and self-absorption."
— Kenneth Kraft
Professor of Buddhist Studies, born July 16, 1949