Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe. ~John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667, book 1, l. 648, PMB
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime. ~Max Stirner
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary. ~Gandhi
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 PeckinpahCUL
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.
Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived. ~Abraham LincolnGCLE
I believe everybody in the world should have guns. Citizens should have bazookas and rocket launchers too. I believe that all citizens should have their weapons of choice. However, I also believe that only I should have the ammunition. Because frankly, I wouldn’t trust the rest of the goobers with anything more dangerous than string. ~Scott Adams
In violence we forget who we are. ~Mary McCarthy
The moment a man claims a right to control the will of a fellow being by physical force, he is at heart a slaveholder. ~Henry C. Wright, The Liberator, 7 April 1837HHQ
In some cases nonviolence requires more militancy than violence. ~Cesar Chavez
How many does it take to metamorphose wickedness into righteousness? One man must not kill. If he does, it is murder…. But a state or nation may kill as many as they please, and it is not murder. It is just, necessary, commendable, and right. Only get people enough to agree to it, and the butchery of myriads of human beings is perfectly innocent. But how many does it take? ~Adin Ballou, The Non-Resistant, 5 February 1845HHQ
Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet. ~Dave Barry
And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honor and peace, until the gods are tired of blood and create a race that can understand. ~George Bernard Shaw, "Caesar and Cleopatra"
The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out. ~Chinese Proverb, also: He who strikes the first blow admits he’s lost the argument. ~Chinese Proverb; LCD
Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat. ~John Frederick Boyes
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill theirs. ~Elbert Hubbard