The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of
the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those
committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of
strength and courage that they did not know they had. Finally it reaches
the opponent and so stirs his conscience that reconciliation becomes a
Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1964)