- Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Foundation (1951) 1920–92 Russian-born biochemist and science fiction writer:
- The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.
Daybreak (1970) 1941– American singer and songwriter:
- All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
: St Matthew ch. 26, v. 52
- Force is not a remedy. 1811–89 English Liberal politician and reformer: speech to the Birmingham Junior Liberal Club, 16 November 1880
- I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie. 1943– American Black Power leader: speech at Washington, 27 July 1967
- Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.
Private Lives (1930) act 3 1899–1973 English dramatist, actor, and composer:
- Not hard enough.
when asked how hard she had slapped a policeman
Independent 21 September 1989 1919–2016 Hungarian-born film actress: in
- Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
Satyagraha Leaflet no. 13 (1919) 1869–1948 Indian statesman:
- Non-violence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed. 1869–1948 Indian statesman: speech at Shahi Bag, 18 March 1922, on a charge of sedition
- 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!
1809–94 American physician, poet, and essayist: ‘Non-Resistance’ (1861)
- Vis consili expers mole ruit sua.
Force, unaided by judgement, collapses through its own weight.
bc Roman poet: Odes bk. 3, no. 4, l. 65 65–8
- A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it.
Philosophy of Plotinus (1923) vol. 2, Lecture 22; see Yeltsin 1860–1954 English writer; Dean of St. Paul's, 1911–34:
- What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet. 1925–68 American Democratic politician: speech to Cleveland City Club, 5 April 1968
- A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.
Where Do We Go From Here? (1967) ch. 4 1929–68 American civil rights leader:
- In violence, we forget who we are.
On the Contrary (1961) ‘Characters in Fiction’ 1912–89 American novelist:
- Who overcomes
By force, hath overcome but half his foe.
Paradise Lost (1667) bk. 1, l. 648 1608–74 English poet:
- 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.
Man and Superman (1903) ‘Maxims: How to Beat Children’ 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- 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.
What Next? (1932) 1879–1940 Russian revolutionary:
- Not believing in force is the same thing as not believing in gravitation.
The Guillotine at Work (1940) 1879–1940 Russian revolutionary: G. Maximov