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Quotations: Violence

Frustration is the wet nurse of violence.
David Abrahansen

There's more violence in one football game than there is in an entire hockey season, and nobody ever talks about that.
Keith Allen

Business is the art of extracting money from another man's pocket without resorting to violence.
Max Amsterdam

The most insidious influence on the young is not violence, drugs, tobacco, drink or sexual perversion, but our pursuit of the trivial and our tolerance
Eric Anderson

I'm a little foolhardy. Dangers of violence - rape, murder - are less frightening than making a living at fashion photography.
Diane Arbus

Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance.
Hannah Arendt

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov

Television nearly always showed the bandits in masks and using violence, but I wanted to go about it in a kind and gentle way.
Peggy Barlow

Violence and smut are of course everywhere on the airwaves. You cannot turn on your television without seeing them, although sometimes you have to hunt around.
Dave Barry

It [violence] is as American as cherry pie.
H Rap Brown

A revolution is an act of violence whereby one class shatters the authority of another.
James MacGregor Burns

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.
Albert Camus

Violence does even justice unjustly.
Thomas Carlyle

People are disturbed enough by serial killers, but the whole notion of female violence, particularly maternal violence - the idea of mothers who kill - really unnerves people.
Caleb Carr

The main goal of the future is to stop violence. The world is addicted to it.
Bill Cosby

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

American culture is torn between our long romance with violence and our terror of the devastation wrought by war and crime and environmental havoc.
Katherine Dunn

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
Mahatma Gandhi

Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
Mahatma Gandhi

If I die a violent death, as some fear and a few are plotting, I know that the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassins, not in my dying.
Indira 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

One of the main purveyors of violence in this world has been this country.
Danny Glover

Francesco Damiani punches with all the violence and bad intentions of Mahatma Gandhi.
Jerry Izenberg

Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye.
Roger Kahn

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
Martin Luther King

The drop of rain maketh a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
Hugh Latimer

I like to behave in an extremely normal, wholesome manner for the most part in my daily life. Even if mentally I'm consumed with sick visions of violence, terror, sex and death.
Courtney Love

In violence, we forget who we are
Mary McCarthy

Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence.
Jim Morrison

We are meeting here to put an end to this cycle [of violence], to put things back in order and to put the wheel of peace on the right track. The task is very great, but our hopes are greater.
Hosni Mubarak

Violence is my last option.
Chuck Norris

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

Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.
Pope John Paul II

Answer violence with violence. If one of us falls today, five of them must fall tomorrow.
Evita Peron

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
Plutarch

You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity.
Roman Polanski

It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning.
Rainer Maria Rilke

I ain't never liked violence.
Sugar Ray Robinson

But it struck me that the extreme violence and cruelty of the English Civil War had gone understated.
Simon Schama

Revenge... is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
Albert Schweitzer

It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change the world and if it does, then only temporarily.
Martin Scorsese

Football, wherein is nothing but beastly fury and extreme violence, whereoth proceedeth hurt, and consequently rancour and malice do remain with them that be wounded.
Phillip Stubbes

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict - alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
Dorothy Thompson

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
Alice Walker

Wars such as those which have occurred in Iraq only allow hatred, violence and terror to proliferate
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

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