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.

Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared.     

Henri Nouwen

Violence is like a strong perfume. It may seem good from afar, but as soon as you get close it's sickening.     


Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.     

Lao Tzu

Violence is not power, but the absence of power.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Violence is the problem, not the solution.     


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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.     

Malcolm X

Violence is man re-creating himself.     

Frantz Fanon

Violence is the last word of the illiterate. Also the first.     

Solomon Short

What is gained by violence must be lost before superior violence.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Violence of the tongue is very real- sharper than any knife.     

Teresa Giudice

At the end of the day, violence never really solves any problem…it just creates new ones.     


The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing that it seeks to destroy.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Violence is not only impractical but immoral.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

Violence is never the answer, until it's the only answer.     

Derek Landy

Return not violence for violence.     

Abu Hanifa

No amount of violence you've done to others prepares you for violence done to yourself.     

Glen Duncan

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Through violence, you may murder the hater, but you do not murder the hate.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Violence is born of the desire to escape oneself.     

Iris Murdoch

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing good ever comes of violence.     

Martin Luther

Nonviolence doesn't always work — but violence never does.     

Madge Micheels-Cyrus

He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.     

J.R.R. Tolkien

Answer violence with violence. If one of us falls today, five of them must fall tomorrow.     

Evita Peron

When you used violence to achieve "peace"; what did you achieve ? -Supressed violence!     

Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

Violence does not always take visible form, and not all wounds gush blood.     

Haruki Murakami

In violence, we forget who we are.     

Mary Mccarthy

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.     

Mohandas K. Gandhi