Defense Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old defense quotes, defense sayings, and defense proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Defense is the first act of war.     

Byron Katie

The best defense is a good offense.     

Jack Dempsey

The best defense is a confusing offense.     

Kimberly Pauley

A stronger defense is an investment in peace.     

Ronald Reagan

Art is our defense against hysteria and death.     

Theodore Roethke

The best defense against partisanship is expertise.     

Roger Angell

The best defense of democracy is an informed electorate.     

Thomas Jefferson

The best defense against democracy is to distract people.     

Noam Chomsky

Defense involves three things: courage, energy, intelligence.     

Don Meyer

The purpose of education is to teach a defense against eloquence.     

Bertrand Russell

The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.     

John Locke

Your defense will save you on the nights that your offense isn't working.     

Adolph Rupp

The core of our defense is the faith we have in the institutions we defend.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Defense wins championships. A good offense is beat by a good defense, always.     

Eric Bolling

Defense is attack, attack is defense, each being the cause and result of the other.     

Bruce Lee

Self-defense...is the only honourable course where there is unreadiness for self-immolation.     

Mahatma Gandhi

My philosophy of defense is to keep the pressure on an opponent until you get to his emotions.     

John Wooden

The only defense against evil, violent people is good people who are more skilled at violence.     

Rory Miller

There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.     

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

To me, defense is a mental attitude. It takes will and heart to go out there and lock your man up.     

Michael Finley

Defense is the stronger form with the negative object, and attack the weaker form with the positive object.     

Ernest Hemingway

Our defense is not in our armaments, nor in science, nor in going underground. Our defense is in law and order.     

Albert Einstein

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Self-defense is not just a set of techniques; it's a state of mind, and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending.     

Rorion Gracie

Truth is the best defense.     

Ward Churchill

Innocence is its own defense.      

Benjamin Franklin

Defense is superior to opulence.     

Adam Smith

The best defense is not to offend.     

Chuck Norris

The best form of defense is attack.     

Carl von Clausewitz

Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.     

John Dryden