Selected Quotes about Violence

There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people. -- Muhammad Ali

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -- Isaac Asimov

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -- Isaac Asimov

The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence. -- Joan Baez

Who has not hopedTo outrage an enemy's dignity?Who has not been sweptBy the wish to hurt?And who has not thought that the impersonal worldDeserves no better than to be destroyedBy one fabulous sign of his displeasure? -- Jacob Bronowski

It is by no means self-evident that human beings are most real when most violently excited; violent physical passions do not in themselves differentiate men from each other, but rather tend to reduce them to the same state. -- Thomas Elliot

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary. -- Mahatma Gandhi

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is always crude and distorted. -- Ellen Glasgow

Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create. -- Pope John Paul II

Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence. -- Francis Jeffrey

Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. -- Abdul Kalam

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. -- John F. Kennedy

There is a violence that liberates, and a violence that enslaves; there is a violence that is moral and a violence that is immoral. -- Benito Mussolini

Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood. -- Augusto Pinochet

We practically wiped this nation clean of Marxists. -- Augusto Pinochet

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little. -- Plutarch

Today, the worst conflicts, the most deep-rooted violence, and those likely to emerge in the coming years are due to disparities in development. -- Segolene Royal

I am deeply worried because we are seeing an unleashing of violence by 2,000 to 3,000 thugs who come to smash and loot. My objective is to avoid mistakes by the police, so that people can protest in safety. -- Nicolas Sarkozy

Violence is good for those who have nothing to lose. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore. -- Robert J. Sawyer

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. -- Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

Nonviolence is the answer for the questions of our time. Love will conquer evil every time. -- James Twyman

The seed of revolution is repression. -- Woodrow Wilson

Terrorist activity is continually recurring in various parts of the world, sowing death and destruction and plunging many of our brothers and sisters into grief and despair. -- Pope Benedict XVI

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