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.
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.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing that it seeks to destroy.
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
There is a subconscious way of taking violence as a way of expression, as a normality, and it has a lot of effects in the youth in the way they absorb education and what they hope to get out of life.
You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman.
Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.
Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared.
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning.
It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change the world and if it does, then only temporarily.
On the one hand, the guns were there to help capture the imagination of the people. But more important, since we knew that you couldn't observe the police without guns, we took our guns with us to let the police know that we have an equalizer.
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.
Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.
Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.
Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.
When a child hits a child, we call it aggression. When a child hits an adult, we call it hostility. When an adult hits an adult, we call it assault. When an adult hits a child, we call it discipline.
Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor.
Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity.
It is not violence that best overcomes hate -- nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.
There can be no better measure of our governance than the way we treat our children, and no greater failing on our part than to allow them to be subjected to violence, abuse or exploitation.
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.
But it struck me that the extreme violence and cruelty of the English Civil War had gone understated.
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.
Answer violence with violence. If one of us falls today, five of them must fall tomorrow.
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