Quotes on Violence And War

Violence and war lead only to death... Pope Francis
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The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility. John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher
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Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. Isaac Asimov
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There was never a good war, or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin
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But it struck me that the extreme violence and cruelty of the English Civil War had gone understated. Simon Schama
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Some people say, therefore, that violence and war are inevitable. I say rubbish: Our brains are fully capable of controlling instinctive behavior. Jane Goodall
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People are still thinking of solving problems by violence and war, and that has to stop. Yoko Ono
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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
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Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat for it is momentary. Mahatma Gandhi
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I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. Mahatma Gandhi
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There is a great streak of violence in every human being. If it is not channeled and understood, it will break out in war or in madness. Sam Peckinpah
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Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak... Non-violence is hard work. Cesar Chavez
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The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst. Harry Emerson Fosdick
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In the seed and the soil, we find the answers to every one of the crises we face. The crises of violence and war. The crises of hunger and disease. The crisis of the destruction of democracy. Vandana Shiva
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Even today we raise our hand against our brother... We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death. Pope Francis
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Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Only the dead have seen the end of the war. George Santayana
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Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe. John Milton
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Armed violence and peace cannot coexist. We need to overcome the challenges we face and seek practical solutions. We must replace the culture of war with the culture of peace. Widad Akrawi
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There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. A J Muste
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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. Ulysses S Grant
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Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein
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War is an act of violence pushed to its utmost limits. Carl Von Clausewitz
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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. Thomas A Edison
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Violence by the defenders will be used by the putschists to justify overwhelming repression which they want to use anyhow. It will be used to CLAIM that the putschists are saving the country from ??terrorism or ?civil war?, and are preserving "?law? and ??order? Gene Sharp
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This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor... This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them! Albert Einstein
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Poverty is the worst form of violence. Mahatma Gandhi
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Nothing good ever comes of violence. Martin Luther
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The cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf. Thomas Paine
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Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Wars such as those which have occurred in Iraq only allow hatred, violence and terror to proliferate Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
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Violence is sometimes a duty. Arthur Conan Doyle
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He [John Hampden] knew that the essence of war is violence, and that moderation in war is imbecility. Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild
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War does not determine who is right - only who is left. Bertrand Russell
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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. Dorothy Thompson
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Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. E F Schumacher
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Let us ask Mary to help us respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Pope Francis
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Intolerance is a thing that causes war, pogroms, crucifixions, lynchings, and makes people cruel to little children and each other. It is responsible for most of the viciousness, violence, terror, and heart and soul breaking of the world. Betty Smith
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Truth and non-violence are not cloistered virtues but applicable as much in the forum and the legislatures as in the market place. Mahatma Gandhi
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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F Kennedy
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Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. Thomas Jefferson
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Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them! Albert Einstein
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A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual. Sigmund Freud
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Violence is an admission that one's ideas and goals cannot prevail on their own merits. Edward Kennedy
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Those of us who are most genuinely repelled by war and violence are also those who are most likely to decide that some things, after all, are worth fighting for. Christopher Hitchens
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I do not believe in terrorism, violence, destruction, murder, pre-emption, or War. Rosanne Cash
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"Terrorism" is what we call the violence of the weak, and we condemn it; "war" is what we call the violence of the strong, and we glorify it. Sydney J Harris
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The problem after a war is with the victor. He thinks he has just proved that war and violence pay. Who will now teach him a lesson? A J Muste
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The atrocities in Cambodia are a direct and understandable response to the violence of the imperial system. Noam Chomsky
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You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it. Noam Chomsky
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God hates violence. He has ordained that all men fairly possess their property, not seize it. Euripides
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Violence existed before our music was even suggested. Big Pun
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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
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So many of the models of courage we've had, ones that are still taught to boys and girls, are about going out to slay the dragon, to kill. It's a courage that's born out of fear, anger, and hate. But there's this other kind of courage. It's the courage to risk your life, not in war, not in battle, not out of fear ... but out of love and a sense of injustice that has to be challenged. It takes far more courage to challenge unjust authority without violence than it takes to kill all the monsters in all the stories told to children about the meaning of bravery. Riane Eisler
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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. George Orwell
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Through violence, you may murder the hater, but you do not murder the hate. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up. Mahatma Gandhi
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Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another. Mahatma Gandhi
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Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed. Mahatma Gandhi
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No woman has to be a victim of physical abuse. Women have to feel like they are not alone. Salma Hayek
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Love and war, it seemed, worked by the same rules. One had to hurry, before the fires flared out. Robin Oliveira
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War traumatizes soldier and civilian alike; warfare is a profit-making racket; warfare resolves nothing that negotiations can't resolve better; the weapons we have now make non-violence the only option to planetary annihilation. Madeline Taylor
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We have to go to war against the people who enable the gun violence, the people who stop us from keeping guns out of the hands of mentally unstable people, of felons, and that means the NRA leadership. Jerrold Nadler
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Gender based violence anywhere is a threat to peace and security everywhere. John F Kerry
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Rather than bring peace and harmony, the EU will cause insurgency and violence. Nigel Farage
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That's all nonviolence is - organized love. Joan Baez
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Fear generates anger, and fear generates violence, and those were part of what built the Saudi state. Robert Lacey
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Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down. Malcolm X
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Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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For what war should we not be fit and eager, even though unequal in numbers, we who are so willing to be slaughtered-if, according to that discipline of ours, it was not more lawful to be slain than to slay? Tertullian
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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
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You cannot be on one hand dedicated to peace and on the other dedicated to violence. Those two things are irreconcilable. Condoleezza Rice
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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
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War is not the answer. Violence is not the solution. A more peaceful world is possible. Ron Kovic
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For what are the triumphs of war, planned by ambition, executed by violence, and consummated by devastation? The means are the sacrifice of many, the end, the bloated aggrandizement of the few. Charles Caleb Colton
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The violence of war is random. It does not make sense. And many of those who struggle with loss also struggle with the knowledge that the loss was futile and unnecessary. Chris Hedges
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The world today is so full of violence, obscenity, war, the failure of political systems. I try to make movies that make people a bit more confident. But that doesn't mean being sugary. Rouben Mamoulian
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We have to promote human solidarity, avoid indifference, and play a part with society in the solution of the problem of violence... Shakira
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The true strength of the Christian is the power of truth and love, which leads to the renunciation of all violence. Faith and violence are incompatible. Pope Francis
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