Violence Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Violence quotes and Violence sayings, and Violence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"The fact is, violence is not only not a beautiful thing, but it’s also very painful and not without consequences for the perpetrator as well as the victim."

Clint Eastwood

"The violence in the Bible is appalling."

Christopher Hitchens

"In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence. "

Cesar Chavez

"Auschwitz stands as a tragic reminder of the terrible potential man has for violence and inhumanity."

Billy Graham

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

Bill Cosby

"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

"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

"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

"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."


"They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence."


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

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Ellen Glasgow

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

Mahatma Gandhi

"If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month."

Theodore Roosevelt

"There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit."

Napoleon Bonaparte

"iolence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear."

Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Violence isn’t always evil. What’s evil is the infatuation with violence."

Jim Morrison

"Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence."

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"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

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