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Quotes About Violence

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Mahatma Gandhi
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Malcolm X
“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.”
Malcolm X

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
Ernst F. Schumacher

Isaac Asimov
“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

Malcolm X
“If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.”
Malcolm X

Susan Sontag
“To paraphrase several sages: Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time.”
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

Mahatma Gandhi
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
Mahatma Gandhi, The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas

George Orwell
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
George Orwell

Mahatma Gandhi
“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles."

(Young India, 22 October 1925)”
Mahatma Gandhi

Kurt Vonnegut
“If somebody says 'I love you' to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol holder requires? 'I love you, too'.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

Jarod Kintz
“If I have to beat you up to keep you safe, that’s just what I’ll do. It’s this kind of regard for others that makes me believe I’d be a good politician.”
Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They're Over.

Khaled Hosseini
“Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.”
Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Ben Elton
“This calls for a very special blend of psychology and extreme violence.”
Ben Elton, Bachelor Boys: The Young Ones Book

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. [Remarks on the first
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

[Remarks on the first anniversary of the Alliance for Progress, 13 March 1962]”
John F. Kennedy

Milan Kundera
“Physical love is unthinkable without violence.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Mahatma Gandhi
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Eoin Colfer
“Humm humm haaa. Rahmumm humm haaaa," intoned Opal, finishing her chant. "Peace be inside me, tolerance all around me, forgiveness in my path. Now, Mervall, show me where the filthy human is so that I may feed him his organs.”
Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox

Terry Pratchett
“I get it,' said the prisoner. 'Good Cop, Bad Cop, eh?'
If you like.' said Vimes. 'But we're a bit short staffed here, so if I give you a cigarette would you mind kicking yourself in the teeth?”
Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

Richard Pryor
“You can't talk about fucking in America, people say you're dirty. But if you talk about killing somebody, that's cool.”
Richard Pryor

Noam Chomsky
“See, people with power understand exactly one thing: violence.”
Noam Chomsky

Edgar Allan Poe
“The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat

Robert A. Heinlein
“Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

Stephenie Meyer
“Repeat one word of what I just said and I'll cheerfully beat you to death, Mike.”
Stephenie Meyer

Raymond Carver
“Honey, no offense, but sometimes I think I could shoot you and watch you kick.”
Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

John Lennon
“I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence.”
John Lennon

Yehuda Bauer
“Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.”
Yehuda Bauer

Jarod Kintz
“Can America get back to a point where politicians are honest? Not unless that point is the tip of a sword.”
Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life

Jarod Kintz
“My grandpa died yesterday. I ought to know, because I shot him. So come, join me in the fight against patricide by killing your father’s father.”
Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They're Over.

Brian Celio
“As much as it hurts, I would rather miss someone than hit someone.”
Brian Celio

“But before he could either comfort me or commit further acts of violence upon my person, I spun away from him and made my drama queen moment complete by running away.”
Rachel Hawkins, Hex Hall

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