“I believe in hope as an act of defiance, or rather as the foundation for an ongoing series of acts of defiance, those acts necessary to bring about some of what we hope for and to live by principle in the meantime. There is no alternative, except surrender. And surrender abandons not only the future, it abandons the soul.” – Rebecca Solnit (born 1961).
[Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, by Rebecca Solnit (2004), pg. 137].
Rebecca Solnit is referring to nonviolent acts of resistance and civil disobedience as used in – for example – the civil rights movement and the anti nuclear movement.
Hope in the Dark is a lovely, hopeful book. I recommend it very highly.