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date: 23 September 2021

Violence 

  1. Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
    Isaac Asimov 1920–92 Russian-born biochemist and science fiction writer: Foundation (1951)
  2. The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.
    Joan Baez 1941–  American singer and songwriter: Daybreak (1970)
  3. All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
     
    The Bible (Authorized Version, 1611): St Matthew ch. 26, v. 52
  4. Force is not a remedy.
    John Bright 1811–89 English Liberal politician and reformer: speech to the Birmingham Junior Liberal Club, 16 November 1880
  5. I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie.
    H. Rap Brown 1943–  American Black Power leader: speech at Washington, 27 July 1967
  6. Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.
    Noël Coward 1899–1973 English dramatist, actor, and composer: Private Lives (1930) act 3
  7. Not hard enough.
    when asked how hard she had slapped a policeman
    Zsa Zsa Gabor 1919–2016 Hungarian-born film actress: in Independent 21 September 1989
  8. Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
    Mahatma Gandhi 1869–1948 Indian statesman: Satyagraha Leaflet no. 13 (1919)
  9. Non-violence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
    Mahatma Gandhi 1869–1948 Indian statesman: speech at Shahi Bag, 18 March 1922, on a charge of sedition
  10. Wisdom has taught us to be calm and meek,
    To take one blow, and turn the other cheek;
    It is not written what a man shall do
    If the rude caitiff smite the other too!
     
    Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809–94 American physician, poet, and essayist: ‘Non-Resistance’ (1861)
  11. Vis consili expers mole ruit sua.
     
    Force, unaided by judgement, collapses through its own weight.
    Horace 65–8 bc Roman poet: Odes bk. 3, no. 4, l. 65
  12. A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it.
    William Ralph Inge 1860–1954 English writer; Dean of St. Paul's, 1911–34: Philosophy of Plotinus (1923) vol. 2, Lecture 22; see Yeltsin
  13. What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet.
    Robert Kennedy 1925–68 American Democratic politician: speech to Cleveland City Club, 5 April 1968
  14. A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.
    Martin Luther King 1929–68 American civil rights leader: Where Do We Go From Here? (1967) ch. 4
  15. In violence, we forget who we are.
    Mary McCarthy 1912–89 American novelist: On the Contrary (1961) ‘Characters in Fiction’
  16. Who overcomes
    By force, hath overcome but half his foe.
     
    John Milton 1608–74 English poet: Paradise Lost (1667) bk. 1, l. 648
  17. If you strike a child take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
    George Bernard Shaw 1856–1950 Irish dramatist: Man and Superman (1903) ‘Maxims: How to Beat Children’
  18. Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and completely. But one must know the limitations of force; one must know when to blend force with a manoeuvre, a blow with an agreement.
    Leon Trotsky 1879–1940 Russian revolutionary: What Next? (1932)
  19. Not believing in force is the same thing as not believing in gravitation.
    Leon Trotsky 1879–1940 Russian revolutionary: G. Maximov The Guillotine at Work (1940)