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Daniel Berrigan

Berrigan in 2008
Born Daniel Joseph Berrigan
(1921-05-09)May 9, 1921
Virginia, Minnesota, U.S.
Died April 30, 2016(2016-04-30) (aged 94)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Jesuit priest, peace activist, university educator
Known for Anti-Vietnam War activist
Relatives Philip Berrigan (brother)

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.
Daniel Berrigan
One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.
Daniel Berrigan
I was publishing when I was 20, 21. And it really never stopped.
It's also reflective of a young person's religion or faith in that it's highly charged with sacramental imagery and with country imagery, because I was in the seminary for so many years in the country.
Daniel Berrigan
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.
Daniel Berrigan
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.
Daniel Berrigan
Most Americans would agree that Plowshares is a Theatre of the Absurd.
You have to struggle to stay alive and be of use as long as you can.
I think of my brother just out of prison again. He will have spent ten years of the last 30 in prison.
Daniel Berrigan
Spirituality was the main issue. Connection with God was the main issue.
I don't know what more to say. I mean, we're all going to die in a world that is worse than when we entered it.
Daniel Berrigan
A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal.
Daniel Berrigan
The Jesuits I know who have died and all their lives were great teachers, they're the least remembered people.
Daniel Berrigan
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.
Daniel Berrigan
You just have to do what you know is right.
I don't have to prove my life. I just have to live.
I never met a Jesuit before I applied for the order.
It's not going to be easy to change things.
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.
Daniel Berrigan
My father had very little formal education.
You can't bank on the outcome.
I'd like to die with my boots on.
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.
Daniel Berrigan
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.
Daniel Berrigan