An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.


Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898, Russian statesman, Prime Minister)


Force is not a remedy.


John Bright (1811-1889, British statesman, orator)


Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not.


Pierre Corneille (1606-1684, French dramatist)


The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.


David Friedman


Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form.


Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835, German statesman, philologist)


Force works on servile natures, not the free.


Ben Johnson (1572-1637, British clergyman, poet, painter)


Be careful: they have arms, and no alternatives.


Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932, Polish report and foreign correspondent)


Some people draw a comforting distinction between "force" and "violence." I refuse to cloud the issue by such word-play. The power which establishes a state is violence; the power which maintains it is violence; the power which eventually overthrows it is violence. Call an elephant a rabbit only if it gives you comfort to feel that you are about to be trampled to death by a rabbit.


Kenneth Kaunda (1924-, Zambian politician, president)


Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation.


Leon Trotsky (1879-1940, Russian revolutionary)


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 maneuver, a blow with an agreement.


Leon Trotsky (1879-1940, Russian revolutionary)


Force is that which rules the actions without regulating the will.


Author Unknown


Force without forecast is to little avail.


Author Unknown


Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates. The truth is, nobody really possesses it.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


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