Violence Quotes

Battle not with monsters lest ye become one;for when you look into the Abyss, the Abyss looks into you. — Nietzsche

Do not fear your enemies. The worst they can do is kill you. Do not fear friends. At worst they may betray you. Fear those who do not care; they neither kill nor betray, but betrayal and murder exists because of their silent consent. –Bruno Jasienski (Yasensky)

Evil is relative?You can?t hang a sign on it. You can?t touch it or taste it or cut it with a sword. Evil depends on where you are standing, pointing your indicting finger. –Glen Cook The Black Company

In Germany, they came first for the Communists, and I didn?t speak up because I wasn?t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn?t speak up because I wasn?t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn?t speak up because I wasn?t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn?t speak up because I was Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up. –Martin Niemoeller, German Luthern Pastorrr

A dead martyr is worth ten posturing leaders. –Star Trek TNG: The High Ground

The media?s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that?s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. –Malcolm X, 1963

It has always bothered me that evil characters are usually cartoon-ish, as if shades of motivation are unique to lighter personalities.

Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both. –Abraham Flexner

There is no such thing as an inevitable war. If war comes it will be from failure of human wisdom. –Andrew B. Law

It?s the unconquerable soul of man, not the nature of the weapon he uses, that insures victory. –George S. Patton

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter. –African proverb

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. –General Omar Bradley

War is the supreme test of man in which he rises to heights never approached in any other activity. –George S. Patton

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man?s character give him power. –Abraham Lincoln

The enemy is anybody who?s going to get you killed, no matter which side he?s on. –Joseph Heller Catch 22

More evil gets done in the name of righteousness than any other way. Few villains think they are villains. –Glen Cook Dreams of Steel

Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty. –Stanislaw J. Lee

In time of war the first casualty is truth. –Boake Carter

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. — Napoleon

Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and you are a conquerer. Kill everyone and you are a God. –Jean Rostand

Inform all the troops that communications have completely broken down. –Ashleigh Brilliant

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose. –Baltasar Gracian

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. –Blaise Pascal

Anger is seldom without an argument but seldom with a good one.- -Halifax

More than another other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. –Woody Allen

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. –Lord Acton Insanity in individuals is something rare — but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. –Nietzsche

Professional soldiers are predictable; the world is full of dangerous amateurs.

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without. –Eisenhower

Any community?s arm of force?military, police, security?needs people in it who can do the necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary, and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity. –Lois McMaster Bujold Barrayar

I think you should defend to death their right to march, and then go down and meet them with baseball bats. –Woody Allen (on the KKK)

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. –Albert Einstein

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren?t. –Margaret Thatcher

Them that can?t be killed by knives or bullets usually break their necks falling off the porch or something. –Larry McMurtry Lonesome Dove

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction. –E. F. Schumacher

Never let the enemy pick the battle site. –George S. Patton

War is delightful to those who have no experience of it. –Desiderius Erasmus

The only tyranny I accept in this world is the still voice within. –Gandhi

Evil is no faceless stranger,
living in a distant neighborhood.
Evil has a wholesome, hometown face,
with merry eyes and an open smile.
Evil walks among us wearing a mask
which looks like all our faces.
–Dean Koontz The Book of Counted Sorrooows

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. –George Patton

I like a man who grins when he fights. –Winston Churchill

From a distance, one?s adversaries seemed fiends, but with a closer view, one saw the sincerity and it was as great as one?s own. –Walter M. Miller, Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz

Defeat in battle starts with the eyes. –Tacitus

Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.

Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silenty and imperceptibly , as we wake or sleep, we grow weak or strong; and at last some crisis shows what we have become. — Brooke Foss Westcott

Keep the people’s minds on their bellies and their genitals, and you can eventually enslave them.

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. –Mary Wollstonecraft

Killing for peace is like screwing for virginity.

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we?re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn?t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. –P.J. O?Rourke

Arms can effect little if injustice follows in their train. –Tacitus

Only a warrior chooses pacifism; others are condemned to it.

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. –Mao Tse-tung

Fixed fortifications are monuments to man?s stupidity. –George S. Patton

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it. –George Bernard Shaw

It?s not the one with your name on it; it?s the one addressed ?to whom it may concern? you?ve got to think about. –Murphy?s Combat Laws

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

I will not go down into the night,
I will rage rage against the dying of the light.
–Dylan Thomas

Combat is fear and mmmanagement of fear far more than it is organized murder. Those who manage fear best will seize the day. –Glen Cook She is the Darkness

It is easy to kill someone with a slash of a sword. It is hard to be impossible for others to cut down. –Yagyu Munenori

Wars are fought with weapons, but they are won by men. –George S. Patton

?How can such a great and wise civilization have destroyed itself so completely?? ?Perhaps,? said Apollo, ?by being materially great and materially wise, and nothing else.? –Walter M. Miller, Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz

Cowards die many times before their deaths, The valiant never taste of death but once. –Shakespeare Julius Caesar

If children are not protected from their abusers, then the public will one day have to be protected from the children.

You shouldn?t underestimate an enemy, but it just as fatal to overestimate him. –George S. Patton

Evil will always triumph because good is dumb. –Space Balls

I cannot conceive of gods who would give a damn about humanity?s frothy carryings-on. I mean, logically, beings of that order just wouldn?t. But maybe there is a force for greater good, created by our unconscious minds conjoined, that becomes an independent power greater than the sum of its parts. –Glen Cook The Black Company

War is not about who is right, it is about who is left.

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? –Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy. –George Bernard Shaw

There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against power and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain. — J. Michael Strazynski: G’Kar, “Z’ha’dum”, Babylon 5

There are no self-proclaimed villains, only regiments of self-proclaimed saints. Victorious historians rule where good or evil lies. –Glen Cook The Black Company

There was only one catch and that was Catch22, which specified that a concern for one?s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask, and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn?t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn?t have to; but if he didn?t want to he was sane and had to. –Jospeph Heller Catch 22

The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. –Hitler

The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the power to inflict it.

To the last, I will grapple with thee. From hell’s heart, I stab at thee. For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee. –Star Trek II

Those who would banish the sin of greed
embrace the sin of envy as their creed.
Those who seek to banish envy as well,
only draw elaborate new maps of hell.

Those with passion to change the world,
look of themselves as saints, as pearls,
and by the launching of noble endeavor,
flee dreaded introspection forever.
–Dean Koontz The Book of Counted Sorrooows

Truth does not come from the barrel of a gun, or from the mouth of a politician

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them! –Albert Einstein

Power is given. Control is taken.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. –Haile Selasssie

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world – or to make it the last. –John F. Kennedy

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