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Violence Quotes

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

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

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

Ernst F. Schumacher
“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.”
E.F. Schumacher

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

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

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
“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

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

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

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“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

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

Bertrand Russell
“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”
Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

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

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

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

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, The Time Paradox

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

Michelle Obama
“Women endure entire lifetimes of these indignities—in the form of catcalls, groping, assault, oppression. These things injure us. They sap our strength. Some of the cuts are so small they’re barely visible. Others are huge and gaping, leaving scars that never heal. Either way, they accumulate. We carry them everywhere, to and from school and work, at home while raising our children, at our places of worship, anytime we try to advance.”
Michelle Obama, Becoming

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

Mao Zedong
“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.”
Mao Tse-tung

Martin Luther King Jr.
“It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, "Wait on time.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Max Stirner
“The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual, crime.”
Max Stirner

Yuval Noah Harari
“In 2012 about 56 million people died throughout the world; 620,000 of them died due to human violence (war killed 120,000 people, and crime killed another 500,000). In contrast, 800,000 committed suicide, and 1.5 million died of diabetes. Sugar is now more dangerous than gunpowder.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow

Shannon A. Thompson
“I wanted to punch him and understand him at the same time.”
Shannon A. Thompson, Take Me Tomorrow

Chris Hedges
“Violence is a disease, a disease that corrupts all who use it regardless of the cause.”
Chris Hedges

Albert Einstein
“I believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil.”
Albert Einstein

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