Quotes on Violence And War

Violence and war lead only to death... Pope Francis

The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility. John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

But it struck me that the extreme violence and cruelty of the English Civil War had gone understated. Simon Schama

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat for it is momentary. Mahatma Gandhi

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. A J Muste

War is an act of violence pushed to its utmost limits. Carl Von Clausewitz

The cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf. Thomas Paine

Wars such as those which have occurred in Iraq only allow hatred, violence and terror to proliferate Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Violence is an admission that one's ideas and goals cannot prevail on their own merits. Edward Kennedy

When has religion ever been unifying? Religion has introduced many wars in this world, enough bloodshed and violence. Elie Wiesel

The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. Mother Teresa

I abhor unjust war. I abhor injustice and bullying by the strong at the expense of the weak, whether among nations or individuals. I abhor violence and bloodshed. I believe that war should never be resorted to when, or so long as, it is honorably possible to avoid it. I respect all men and women who from high motives and with sanity and self-respect do all they can to avert war. I advocate preparation for war in order to avert war; and I should never advocate war unless it were the only alternative to dishonor. Theodore Roosevelt

The violence of war admits no distinction; the lance, that is lifted at guilt and power, will sometimes fall on innocence and gentleness. Samuel Johnson

You cannot be on one hand dedicated to peace and on the other dedicated to violence. Those two things are irreconcilable. Condoleezza Rice

War is not inherent in human beings. We learn war and we learn peace. The culture of peace is something which is learned, just as violence is learned and war culture is learned. Elise M. Boulding

My wife once said that if men had to worry about who was going to clean up the mess, there'd be a lot less violence in the world. Donna Ball

I am totally against the war but violence is part of mankind and it's going to happen, but as musicians I think we've got to step up and say 'come on'. Elton John

[Uniting workers should not] lead to a war upon property, or the owners of property. Abraham Lincoln

An end to wars, peace among the nations, the cessation of pillaging and violence - such is our ideal, but only bourgeois sophists can seduce the masses with this ideal, if the latter is divorced from a direct and immediate call for revolutionary action. Vladimir Lenin

Violence must be inflicted once for all; people will then forget what it tastes like and so be less resentful. Benefits must be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better. Niccolo Machiavelli

The practice of violence, like all action, changes the world, but the most probable change is a more violent world. Hannah Arendt

All's fair in love and war," said Ron brightly, "and this is a bit of both. J K Rowling

Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. Martin Luther King, Jr.

All forms of violence, especially war, are totally unacceptable as means to settle disputes between and among nations, groups and persons. Dalai Lama

Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with nonviolence, reject it. Mahatma Gandhi

How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business. Albert Einstein

I am a steadfast follower of the doctrine of non-violence which was first preached by Lord Buddha, whose divine wisdom is absolute... Dalai Lama

Heaven, the seat of bliss, Brooks not the works of violence and war. John Milton

Women are rising. And I think that's all the violence and war - it could be the last gasp of the patriarchy, actually. Jane Fonda

War is obsolete. We are not here to fight something or tear something down; We are here to be the example of what is possible. Any sane individual will tell you that violence is ... not the way... R Buckminster Fuller

We may win a battle, but if in doing so we have planted thousands of seeds of hatred and fear..the war is not over- only the present conflict has ceased. There will be no peace as long as we react to violence with violence. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul. Robert Kennedy

Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment, its wars Leo Tolstoy

Force, punishment, and violence are patriarchy's answer to conflicts and social problems. Patriarchy finds its ultimate expression in war. Starhawk

American mission in Iraq is clear: We're hunting down the terrorists. We're helping Iraqis build a free nation that is an ally in the war on terror. We're advancing freedom in the broader Middle East. We are removing a source of violence and instability and laying the foundation of peace for our children and our grandchildren. George W Bush

We're trying to sell peace, like a product, you know, and sell it like people sell soap or soft drinks. And it's the only way to get people aware that peace is possible, and it isn't just inevitable to have violence. Not just war - all forms of violence. John Lennon

We have become too civilized to grasp the obvious. For the truth is very simple. To survive you often have to fight, and to fight you have to dirty yourself. War is evil, and it is often the lesser evil. [] Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf. George Orwell

What does it matter if, by chance, a little vile blood be spilled? Jean Racine

I abominate war as Unchristian. I hold it the greatest of human crimes. I deem it to involve all others,-violence, blood, rapine, fraud; everything that can deform the character, alter the nature, and debase the name of man. Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

I don't like realism. We already know the real facts about li[fe], most of the basic facts. I'm not interested in repeating what we already know. We know about sex, about violence, about murder, about war. All these things, by the time we're 18, we're up to here. From there on we need interpreters. We need poets. We need philosophers. We need theologians, who take the same basic facts and work with them and help us make do with those facts. Facts alone are not enough. It's interpretation. Ray Bradbury

A serious pacifist approach can't win wars against enemies whose only program is violence. That doesn't mean I think the US has fought terrorists so wisely most of the time since 9/11. But there are some enemies that need to be destroyed by force lest they destroy much much more. Philip Gourevitch

You can never take the violence back. Ozzy Osbourne

Just bring love. Everybody keeps bringing violence, let's bring love. RZA

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. Sun Tzu

He says we need to live in the real world, where war and death are a reality, not pretend. Pittacus Lore

In some ways, the challenges are even more daunting than they were at the peak of the cold war. Not only do we continue to face grave nuclear threats, but those threats are being compounded by new weapons developments, new violence within States and new challenges to the rule of law. Kofi Annan

Listen up-there's no war that will end all wars,' Crow tells me. 'War breeds war. Lapping up the blood shed by violence, feeding on wounded flesh. War is a perfect, self-contained being. You need to know that. Haruki Murakami

Secularists argue that differences of religion were the chief cause of violence in our history - conveniently overlooking violent clashes of region, race, and class, not the least of which was the bloodiest war in history until that time, the Civil War. Stephen V Monsma

...that both Muslim fundamentalists and the Christian right are today focusing their attempts to regain control in a rapidly changing world on frantic efforts to maintain control over women, particularly over women's sexuality. Moreover, given their mythologies about "holy wars," it is also understandable that they should use "divinely approved" violence to do so... Riane Eisler

The enemy is at the gate. It is a question of life and death. Andrei Zhdanov

Domestic violence causes far more pain than the visible marks of bruises and scars. It is devastating to be abused by someone that you love and think loves you in return. It is estimated that approximately 3 million incidents of domestic violence are reported each year in the United States. Dianne Feinstein

A country cannot simultaneously prepare and prevent war. Albert Einstein

To live is - to war with trolls In the holds of the heart and mind Henrik Ibsen

Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won. Duke Of Wellington

Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it. Anne O'Hare McCormick

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating. Cesar Chavez

Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Mahatma Gandhi

Johannes had once said that violence and cruelty were just a stupid person's way of making himself felt, because it was easer to use your hands to strike a blow than to use your brain to find a logical and just solution to the problem. Anne Holm

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. Isaac Asimov

In the secret of my heart I am in perpetual quarrel with God that He should allow such things [as the war] to go on. My non-violence seems almost impotent. But the answer comes at the end of the daily quarrel that neither God nor non-violence is impotent. Impotence is in men. I must try on without losing faith even though I may break in the attempt. Mahatma Gandhi

More and more individuals worldwide are realizing that war does not solve conflict, nor resolve long-standing cycles of violence. As more of those who have this understanding communicate it to policy-makers and more particularly, start implementing it in their own lives and localities, change will start to happen. Scilla Elworthy

When people see the terrible scenes of violence on television, when we mourn the death of each and every American man and woman in uniform or a civilian that's killed, that it's hard to see the progress that's being made and it's hard to believe that this is all going to come out for the better. Condoleezza Rice

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.

There was never a good war, or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin

Some people say, therefore, that violence and war are inevitable. I say rubbish: Our brains are fully capable of controlling instinctive behavior. Jane Goodall

For the sake of peace, religious beliefs must never be allowed to be abused in the cause of violence and war. Pope Francis

People are still thinking of solving problems by violence and war, and that has to stop. Yoko Ono

I have always been vitally interested in physical conditioning. I have long believed that athletic competition among people and nations should replace violence and wars. Johnny Weissmuller

Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. Sun Tzu

All my life I have said, "Whatever happens there will always be tables and chairs"-and what a mistake. Elizabeth Bowen

I think we're creating a situation that's incredibly dangerous. There's a lot of chat at the moment about the war on terror and whilst there are many causes for acts of terrorism, what kind of society are you creating if you allow civil society in Africa to die and create millions upon millions of orphans? Where are they going to go? What kind of cults, what kind of militias, what's going to happen? The accession of violence in those countries, the possibility of that, to me is very terrifying. Emma Thompson

There is enough for everyone to have what they need without exploitation. Adequate distribution of resources, including education, without violence can lead to a sustainable system that doesn't stress the ecosphere. Alternately, continued violence feeds population surges and hoarding the products of exploitative extraction, which endanger the survival of our species. In short, if we want a future with humans on Earth, we've got to stop war. Vern Huffman

If you only notice human proceedings, you may observe that all who attain great power and riches, make use of either force or fraud; and what they have acquired either by deceit or violence, in order to conceal the disgraceful methods of attainment, they endeavor to sanctify with the false title of honest gains. Niccolo Machiavelli

In a life and death struggle, we cannot afford to leave our destinies in the hands of failures. Clement Attlee

There is a saying that no man has tasted the full flavor of life until he has known poverty, love, and war. O Henry

The American people, North and South, went into the [Civil] war as citizens of their respective states, they came out as subjects ... what they thus lost they have never got back. H L Mencken

I sometimes think Adam and Eve were Russians. They didn't have a roof over their head, nothing to wear, but they had one apple between them and they thought that was Paradise. Ronald Reagan

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