Violence Sayings and Quotes

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


The violence done us by others is often less painful than that which we do to ourselves     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance.     

Hannah Arendt

Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.     

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is always crude and distorted.     

Ellen Glasgow

There are situations in life to which the only satisfactory response is a physically violent one. If you don't make that response, you continually relive the unresolved situation over and over in your life.     

Russell Hoban

In violence we forget who we are.     

Mary Mccarthy

Hungry people cannot be good at learning or producing anything, except perhaps violence.     

Pearl Bailey

I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence.     

Malcolm X

If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolute night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the one hand, the guns were there to help capture the imagination of the people. But more important, since we knew that you couldn't observe the police without guns, we took our guns with us to let the police know that we have an equalizer.     

Bobby Seale

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands      

Ernest Gaines

Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.     

Francis Jeffrey

The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.     

Joan Baez

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.     

John F. Kennedy

There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.     

Muhammad Ali

The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore.     

Robert J. Sawyer

An 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     

Hoshang N. Akhtar

Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.     

Saint Augustine

One must do violence to the object of one's desire; when it surrenders, the pleasure is greater.     

Marquis De Sade

The main goal of the future is to stop violence. The world is addicted to it.     

Bill Cosby

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.     

Leo Tolstoy

Violence send deep roots into the heart, it has no seasons, it is always ripe, evergreen.     

Pat Conroy

Great anger and violence can never build a nation.     

Nelson Mandela

Violence is a disease, a disease that corrupts all who use it regardless of the cause.     

Chris Hedges

As much as it hurts, I would rather miss someone than hit someone.     

Brian Celio

For all who draw the sword will die by the sword.     

Bible

Violence is a dark contrast to what so many of us still believe in -- love.     

Robi Ludwig

Violence and injury enclose in their net all that do such things, and generally return upon him who began.     

Lucretius

Through violence, you may “solve” one problem, but you sow seeds for another.     

Dalai Lama

There is a violence that liberates, and a violence that enslaves; there is a violence that is moral and a violence that is immoral.     

Benito Mussolini