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Quotations About Violence

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The moment a man claims a right to control the will of a fellow being by physical force, he is at heart a slaveholder.
Henry C. Wright
The Liberator, 7 April 1837

Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.
John Milton
Paradise Lost, 1667

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind.
George Bernard Shaw
Maxims for Revolutionists

Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.
Norman O. Brown
Love's Body

He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Beyond Good and Evil

In violence we forget who we are.
Mary McCarthy

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.
Abraham Lincoln

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill theirs.
Elbert Hubbard

There is a great streak of violence in every human being. If it is not channeled and understood, it will break out in war or in madness.
Sam Peckinpah

The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.
Chinese Proverb

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