Brutality Quotes

Quotes tagged as "brutality" (showing 1-30 of 75)
John Fowles
“I must fight with my weapons. Not his. Not selfishness and brutality and shame and resentment.”
John Fowles, The Collector

Saul Bellow
“Brother raises a hand against brother and son against father (how terrible!) and the father also against son. And moreover it is a continuity-matter, for if the father did not strike the son, they would not be alike. It is done to perpetuate similarity. Oh, Henderson, man cannot keep still under the blows.... A hit B? B hit C?--we have not enough alphabet to cover the condition. A brave man will try to make the evil stop with him. He shall keep the blow. No man shall get it from him, and that is a sublime ambition.”
Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain King

Stefan Zweig
“For the first time in my life I began to realize that it is not evil and brutality, but nearly always weakness, that is to blame for the worst things that happen in this world.”
Stefan Zweig

M.F. Moonzajer
“The biggest threat against the survival of humanity is not brutality and unkindness, it is stupidity and selfishness.”
M.F. Moonzajer

Robert Buettner
“The only animal capable of giving man a fair fight is man. Actually, among ourselves, we fight unfairest of all, and the more we practice, the nastier we get.”
Robert Buettner, Overkill

Philip Caputo
“Before you leave here, Sir, you’re going to learn that one of the most brutal things in the world is your average nineteen-year-old American boy.”
Philip Caputo, A Rumor Of War

Markus Zusak
“I'd seen glimpses of a different me. It was a different me because in those increments of time I thought I actually became a winner.
The truth, however, is painful.
It was a truth that told me with a scratching internal brutality that I was me, and that winning wan't natural for me. It had to be fought for, in the echoes and trodden footprints of my mind. In a way, I had to scavenge for moments of alrightness.”
Markus Zusak, Getting the Girl

Joseph Stalin
“When the Bolsheviks came to power they were soft and easy with their enemies . . . we had begun by making a mistake. Leniency towards such a power was a crime against the working classes. That soon became apparent . . .”
Joseph Stalin

Kurt Schwitters
“Take lights and deform them as brutally as you can.”
Kurt Schwitters

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Don't be a zombie for anyone, if your oppressor likes zombies, cinemas are not located in mars.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

“It would be both foolish and cumbersome to continue our everyday existences in bliss without first denying to ourselves, for the sake of excusing our own repugnance, the inherent cruelty from which modern civilization was conceived...And there can be no other path by which a fiercely competitive, yet social species, as humanity, can afford its members the level of safety, prosperity and stability—such that we enjoy now— without its initial pangs of cannibalism, brutality, dominance and cruelty to forge the foundations, very much like the lava which formed the ground upon which we now stand. Lava still erupts from the core. Brutality, Dominance, and Cruelty similarly erupt from ours; and they are no less prevalent now than in early human history.”
Ashim Shanker, Only the Deplorable

Mango Wodzak
“Violence is weakness. True strength comes not through brutality and savagery, but through tenderness, mercy and grace.”
Mango Wodzak, The Eden Fruitarian Guidebook

Vasily Grossman
“When you think about new-born babies being killed in our own lifetime,' he said, 'all the efforts of culture seem worthless. What have people learned from all our Goethes and Bachs? To kill babies?”
Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate

“The arrogance and brutality of empire are not repealed when they temporarily get deployed in a just cause.”
Michael Kazin, Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

Confucius
“Wo ein Gebildeter weilt, kann keine Rohheit aufkommen.”
Konfuzius, Gespräche

Clark Zlotchew
“The door suddenly opened. A leggy young brunette took two steps into the office and stopped short. Her brown eyes widened, she hastily excused herself and turned to leave. Pérez’s jaw dropped as he looked up at her high heels and ankles. He crawled out from under the desk and turned questioningly to his partner. Thorne didn't hesitate. He took one swift stride from behind, clamped a hand tightly over her mouth, and pulled her back into the room, disregarding her wildly flailing legs and frantic attempts to claw his hands away. He shut the door with a backward thrust of his foot.
"What do we do now?" Pérez whined.
"Observe." Thorne spoke calmly, as would a professor demonstrating a familiar operation to a beginner. Using both hands, he briskly snapped her neck. She stopped struggling.”
Clark Zlotchew, The Caucasian Menace

Tyler Cowen
“Social systems proceed by (usually) covering up the brutalities upon which they are based. The doctor doesn't let you get to his door and then turn you away, rather his home address is hard to find. The government handcuffs you so they don't have to shoot you trying to escape. And so on.”
Tyler Cowen

Blaise Pascal
“Nie betrieben die Menschen das Böse so umfassend und freudig wie aus religiöser Überzeugung.”
Blaise Pascal

Leo Tolstoy
“Well, do you suppose I made up my mind then that what I had seen was something sickening? Not a bit of it. 'If it was done with such assurance and everyone thought it was necessary, then they must have known something I didn't,' was what I thought, and I tried to find out what it was. But I couldn't, no matter how hard I exerted myself. And since I couldn't, I couldn't join the army as I'd planned to, and not only did I not join the army, I couldn't find a place for myself anywhere in society, and ended up being no good for anything, as you can see.
'Oh yes, we know all about how you're no good for anything,' said one of us, 'But tell us: how many men would be no good for anything if it weren't for the likes of you?”
Leo Tolstoy, After the Ball

L.R. Knost
“Wars are waged by people
who were parented by someone.
Crimes are committed by people
who were parented by someone.
Brutality is inflicted by people
who were parented by someone.
Nations are led by people
who were parented by someone.
Hope, help, and healing are all
shared by people who were
parented by someone.
We, the parents of today, are
that someone for our children,
and our children will one day be
that someone for their children.
We may not be able to eliminate
all war, end all crime, or stop all
brutality, but sowing peace,
kindness, compassion, and
empathy into our children
is the single most powerful
way we can each be someone who
changes the world for the better.”
L.R. Knost

Joseph  Knox
“I waited for my face to warp and alter in the glass but it didn’t change. It had finally settled on a look and, after months of doubt and confusion, I suddenly recognized myself so well. I was my father’s son. The violent man I thought I was pretending to be.”
Joseph Knox, The Smiling Man

Luna Saint Claire
“How the sunlight reflected in his eyes when he said she looked wild and beautiful there on the beach. It was where they talked, confessing to each other their fears—and their dreams—unsure which would come to pass. That was before she knew the truth about him. About the drugs. And his brutality. Still, they were as eternal as the waves, enduring beyond her lifetime”
Luna Saint Claire, The Sleeping Serpent: A Woman's Struggle to Break an Obsessive Bond With Her Yoga Master

Steven Magee
“I see an unexpected police stop as an opportunity to gather information on police corruption.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“The police seem to be learning the hard way that the more abusive they are to people, the less people will cooperate with them.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“Police routinely shooting mentally challenged people is a very disturbing trend.”
Steven Magee

L.R. Knost
“Healing a hurting humanity starts with a sacred pause, to listen, to learn, to understand, to accept, to forgive, to respect. That sacred pause transcends the fear-driven brutality of the primitive human survival intinct and makes way for a thoughtful, intentional, peaceful, humane response. Peaceful coexistence on this lovely planet is not impossible. It is imperative. Our future, our humanity, our very survival depends on it.”
L.R. Knost

Arundhati Roy
“They heard the thud of wood on flesh. Boot on bone. On teeth. The muffled grunt when a stomach is kicked in. The muted crunch of skull on cement. The gurgle of blood on a man’s breath when his lung is torn by the jagged end of a broken rib.

Blue-lipped and dinner-plate-eyed, they watched, mesmerized by something that they sensed but didn’t understand: the absence of caprice in what the policemen did. The abyss where anger should have been. The sober, steady brutality, the economy of it all.

They were opening a bottle.

Or shutting a tap.

Cracking an egg to make an omelette.”
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Mark Oshiro
“But we just wanted to go to school." Her voice broke again. "I'm sixteen. I shouldn't have to beg for that. But we just want to get to class without fearing for our lives.”
Mark Oshiro, Anger Is a Gift

“Hunting was a crucial part of humans' survival 100,000 years ago, but today hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation.”
Fuad Alakbarov, Exodus

Kailin Gow
“Sometimes history can be brutal" - Auntabelle, Amazon Lee and the Ancient Undead of Rome by Kira G. and Kailin Gow”
Kailin Gow, Amazon Lee and the Ancient Undead of Rome: An Amazon Lee Adventure

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