Violence Quotes


An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.

Armed struggle    Arms    Pacifism    Peace    Revolution    Violence    War

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.

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

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

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.

Alone    Man s heart    Men    Sad    Violence    Women

To paraphrase several sages: Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time.

Hit    Sages    Thinking    Violence

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'.

Humor    Love    Violence

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
[
Remarks on the first anniversary of the Alliance for Progress
, 13 March 1962]

Physical love is unthinkable without violence.

This calls for a very special blend of psychology and extreme violence.

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.

Unpopular Essays

Bertrand Russell

Unpopular Essays

See, people with power understand exactly one thing: violence.

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?

We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs. To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come.

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.

The Time Paradox

Eoin Colfer

The Time Paradox
Evil overlord    Fun    Humor    Revenge    Violence

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

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.

The Black Cat

Edgar Allan Poe

The Black Cat

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor.

Starship Troopers

Robert A. Heinlein

Starship Troopers
History    Violence    War

Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.

When a child hits a child, we call it aggression.
When a child hits an adult, we call it hostility.
When an adult hits an adult, we call it assault.
When an adult hits a child, we call it discipline.

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.

Honey, no offense, but sometimes I think I could shoot you and watch you kick.

Honey    Intimacy    Joke    Kick    Love    Offense    Shoot    Sweet    Violence

Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations.

We should write as we dream; we should even try and write, we should all do it for ourselves, it’s very healthy, because it’s the only place where we never lie. At night we don’t lie. Now if we think that our whole lives are built on lying-they are strange buildings-we should try and write as our dreams teach us; shamelessly, fearlessly, and by facing what is inside very human being-sheer violence, disgust, terror, shit, invention, poetry. In our dreams we are criminals; we kill, and we kill with a lot of enjoyment. But we are also the happiest people on earth; we make love as we never make love in life.

Dreams    Truth    Violence    Writing

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.

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

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.

The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual, crime.

Crime    Government    Hypocrisy    Law    Politics    Unjust    Violence

The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion […] but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.

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

All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.

If everyone who had a gun just shot themselves, there wouldn't be a problem.

this is the 21st century and we need to redefine r/evolution. this planet needs a people’s r/evolution. a humanist r/evolution. r/evolution is not about bloodshed or about going to the mountains and fighting. we will fight if we are forced to but the fundamental goal of r/evolution must be peace.
we need a r/evolution of the mind. we need a r/evolution of the heart. we need a r/evolution of the spirit. the power of the people is stronger than any weapon. a people’s r/evolution can’t be stopped. we need to be weapons of mass construction. weapons of mass love. it’s not enough just to change the system. we need to change ourselves. we have got to make this world user friendly. user friendly.
are you ready to sacrifice to end world hunger. to sacrifice to end colonialism. to end neo-colonialism. to end racism. to end sexism.
r/evolution means the end of exploitation. r/evolution means respecting people from other cultures. r/evolution is creative.
r/evolution means treating your mate as a friend and an equal. r/evolution is sexy.
r/evolution means respecting and learning from your children. r/evolution is beautiful.
r/evolution means protecting the people. the plants. the animals. the air. the water. r/evolution means saving this planet.
r/evolution is love.

Fighting    Heart    Love    Peace    Revolution    Spirit    Violence    War

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

Challenge a person's beliefs, and you challenge his dignity, standing, and power. And when those beliefs are based on nothing but faith, they are chronically fragile. No one gets upset about the belief that rocks fall down as opposed to up, because all sane people can see it with their own eyes. Not so for the belief that babies are born with original sin or that God exists in three persons or that Ali is the second-most divinely inspired man after Muhammad. When people organize their lives around these beliefs, and then learn of other people who seem to be doing just fine without them--or worse, who credibly rebut them--they are in danger of looking like fools. Since one cannot defend a belief based on faith by persuading skeptics it is true, the faithful are apt to react to unbelief with rage, and may try to eliminate that affront to everything that makes their lives meaningful.

It is not what you can do for your country, but what you can do for all of mankind.

Bigotry    Buddha    Buddha nature    Buddhism    Capitalism    Communism    Country    Genocide    Kennedy    Mankind    Peace    Politics    Racism    Socialism    Violence    War

Extreme violence has a way of preventing us from seeing the interests it serves.

We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.

Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.

We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.

Bombs    Compassion    Guns    Love    Non violence    Peace    Violence

Mentioning violence to Bruce was like mentioning chocolate sauce to a six-year-old.

If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?

Evil turned out not to be a grand thing. Not sneering Emperors with their world-conquering designs. Not cackling demons plotting in the darkness beyond the world. It was small men with their small acts and their small reasons. It was selfishness and carelessness and waste. It was bad luck, incompetence, and stupidity. It was violence divorced from conscience or consequence. It was high ideals, even, and low methods.

Red Country

Joe Abercrombie

Red Country
Evil    Men    Villainy    Violence

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.

Hex Hall

Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall

Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity.

A weapon does not decide whether or not to kill. A weapon is a manifestation of a decision that has already been made.

Violence    War    Weapons

As much as it hurts, I would rather miss someone than hit someone.

Hurt    Peace    Quip    Violence

... in a cycle as old as tribalism, ignorance of the Other engenders fear; fear engenders hatred; hatred engenders violence; violence engenders further violence until the only "rights", the only law, are whatever is willed by the most powerful.

Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas
Fear    Hatred    Ignorance    Power    Violence

I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out of me with steel pipes.

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