Degeneracy follows every autocratic system of violence, for violence inevitably attracts moral inferiors. Time has proven that illustrious tyrants are succeeded by scoundrels.
Violence is the quest for identity. When identity disappears with technological innovation, violence is the natural recourse.
It is organized violence on top which creates individual violence at the bottom. It is the accumulated indignation against organized wrong, organized crime, organized injustice, which drives the political offender to act.
We saw the lightning and that was the guns and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.
To live... in any sense of the word... is to reject others; to accept them, one must renounce, do oneself violence.
Violence stinks no matter which side of it you're on. But now and then there's nothing left to do but hit the other person over the head with a frying pan.
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.
In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence.
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.
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
In violence, we forget who we are
I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Hate crimes are the scariest thing in the world because these people really believe what they're doing is right.
Violence is a part of America. I don't want to single out rap music. Let's be honest. America's the most violent country in the history of the world, that's just the way it is. We're all affected by it.
You may gain temporary appeasement by a policy of concession to violence, but you do not gain lasting peace that way.
I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence.
The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of nonviolence has been the organization of violence.
The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore.
Violence was almost an aphrodisiac for me.
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.
Hate begets hate, violence engenders violence, hypocrisy is answered by hypocrisy, war generates war, and love creates love.
It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Democracy don't rule the world, You'd better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that's better left unsaid.
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
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