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





It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


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 (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


The more dubious and uncertain an instrument violence has become in international relations, the more it has gained in reputation and appeal in domestic affairs, specifically in the matter of revolution.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


Nonviolence is a flop. The only bigger flop is violence.


Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


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, songwriter)


Perhaps violence, like pornography, is some kind of an evolutionary standby system, a last-resort device for throwing a wild joker into the game?


J. G. Ballard (1930-, British author)


I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austen wrote about manners. Violence shapes and obsesses our society, and if we do not stop being violent we have no future.


Edward Bond (1934-, British actor, playwright)


Hurt a fly! He would not for the world: he's pitiful to flies even. "Sing," says he, "and tease me still, if that's your way, poor insect."


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


They are not following dharma who resort to violence to achieve their purpose. But those who lead others through nonviolent means, knowing right and wrong, may be called guardians of the dharma.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


We are supposed to be the children of Seth; but Seth is too much of an effete nonentity to deserve ancestral regard. No, we are the sons of Cain, and with violence can be associated the attacks on sound, stone, wood and metal that produced civilization.


Anthony Burgess (1917-1993, British writer, critic)


The people in power will not disappear voluntarily, giving flowers to the cops just isn't going to work. This thinking is fostered by the establishment; they like nothing better than love and non-violence. The only way I like to see cops given flowers is in a flower pot from a high window.


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


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


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


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


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


Men are rewarded for learning the practice of violence in virtually any sphere of activity by money, admiration, recognition, respect, and the genuflection of others honoring their sacred and proven masculinity. In male culture, police are heroic and so are outlaws; males who enforce standards are heroic and so are those who violate them.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


Men are rewarded for learning the practice of violence in virtually any sphere of activity by money, admiration, recognition, respect, and the genuflection of others honoring their sacred and proven masculinity. In male culture, police are heroic and so are outlaws; males who enforce standards are heroic and so are those who violate them.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


I maintain that nothing useful and lasting can emerge from violence.


Shirin Ebadi


Non-violence 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 very being.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.


Salvor Hardin


A man with a briefcase can steal millions more than any man with a gun.


Don Henley (American musician)


There are situations in life to which the only satisfactory response is a physically violent one. If you don't make that response, you continually relive the unresolved situation over and over in your life.


Russell Hoban (1925-, American author)


It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence. The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother: "We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. We will not hate you, but we will not obey your evil laws. We will soon wear you down by pure capacity to suffer."


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.


Lewis H. Lapham (1935-, American essayist, editor)


Violence and injury enclose in their net all that do such things, and generally return upon him who began.


Lucretius (c.95-55 BC, Roman poet and philosopher)


Cannons and firearms are cruel and damnable machines. I believe them to have been the direct suggestion of the Devil. If Adam had seen in a vision the horrible instruments his children were to invent, he would have died of grief.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


In the whole vast dome of living nature there reigns an open violence, a kind of prescriptive fury which arms all the creatures to their common doom: as soon as you leave the inanimate kingdom you find the decree of violent death inscribed on the very frontiers of life.


Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821, French diplomat, philosopher)


If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


In violence, we forget who we are.


Mary McCarthy (1912-1989, American author, critic)


If human beings are to survive in a nuclear age, committing acts of violence may eventually have to become as embarrassing as urinating or defecating in public are today.


Myriam Miedzian (American actor)


To be deeply committed to negotiations, to be opposed to a particular war or military action, is not only considered unpatriotic, it also casts serious doubt on one's manhood.


Myriam Miedzian (American actor)


Violence is my last option.


Chuck Norris (1940-, American actor, producer, stunt choreographer, karate champion)


The imposition of stigma is the commonest form of violence used in democratic societies.


R. A. Pinker


Blood cannot be washed out with blood.


Belizean Proverb


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-born British dramatist)


Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.


Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-, Russian novelist)


Rambo isn't violent. I see Rambo as a philanthropist.


Sylvester Stallone (1946-, American actor, writer, director, producer)


If a man is pictured chopping off a woman's breast, it only gets a R rating, but if, God forbid, a man is pictured kissing a woman's breast, it gets an X rating. Why is violence more acceptable than tenderness?


Sally Struthers (1948-, American actress)


Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 5:39


Under all conditions, well-organized violence seems to him the shortest distance between two points.


Leon Trotsky (1879-1940, Russian revolutionary)


Non violence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.


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