Endless Violence

Sunday, July 22, 2012 – Endless Violence

All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished. ~ Marshall Rosenberg

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 Peckinpah

What broke in a man when he could bring himself to kill another? ~ Alan Paton

Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe. ~ John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667

Violence is shrouded in justifying myths that lend it moral legitimacy, and these myths for the most part kept people from recognizing the violence for what it was. The people who burned witches at the stake never for one moment thought of their act as violence; rather they thought of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness. The same can be said of most of the violence we humans have ever committed. ~ Gil Bailie

Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat. ~ John Frederick Boyes

Let us thank God that we live in an age when something has influence besides the bayonet. ~ Daniel Webster

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

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

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind. ~ George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists

The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime. ~ Max Stirner

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill theirs. ~ Elbert Hubbard

He who loves the bristle of bayonets only sees in the glitter what beforehand he feels in his heart. It is avarice and hatred; it is that quivering lip, that cold, hating eye, which built magazines and powder-houses. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. ~ George Orwell

We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict. ~ Jim Morrison

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

Democracy don’t rule the world, You’d better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that’s better left unsaid. ~ Bob Dylan

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting. ~ George Orwell

Maybe every other American movie shouldn’t be based on a comic book. Other countries will think Americans live in an infantile fantasy land where reality is whatever we say it is and every problem can be solved with violence. ~ Bill Maher

Violence and smut are of course everywhere on the airwaves. You cannot turn on your television without seeing them, although sometimes you have to hunt around. ~ Dave Barry

If you hate what you’re seeing, you call it sex and violence. If you like it, you call it “romance and adventure.” ~ Joe Bob Briggs

Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don’t know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy. ~ Anthony Burgess

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. ~ Isaac Asimov

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. ~ Alice Walker

When people say there is too much violence in my books, what they are saying is there is too much reality in life. ~ Joyce Carol Oates

You have to show violence the way it is. If you don’t show it realistically, then that’s immoral and harmful. If you don’t upset people, then that’s obscenity. ~ Roman Polanski

Education is the vaccine for violence. ~ Edward James Olmos

I ain’t never liked violence. ~ Sugar Ray Robinson

In our struggle to restrain the violence and contain the damage, we tend to forget that the human capacity for aggression is more than a monstrous defect, that it is also a crucial survival tool. ~ Katherine Dunn

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one’s rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them. ~ Georges Bataille

You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it. ~ Noam Chomsky

I wish everyone was a sci-fi geek because then there would be no violence in the world. There’d be no wars. There’d only be people e-mailing each other. ~ Claudia Christian

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

Violence is a calm that disturbs you. ~ Jean Genet

If an adult uses violence on a child, the child will naturally assume that he too, has the right to use it on one smaller or weaker. ~ Dora Russell

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. ~ Leonard Bernstein

To paraphrase several sages: Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time. ~ Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

If everyone who had a gun just shot themselves, there wouldn’t be a problem. ~ George Harrison

Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity. ~ G .K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

The most dangerous men on earth are those who are afraid they are wimps. ~ James Gilligan

Man is born violent but is kept in check by the people around him. If he nevertheless manages to throw off his fetters, he can count on applause, for everyone recognizes himself in him. Deeply ingrained, nay, buried dreams come true. The unlimited radiates its magic even upon crime, which, not coincidentally, is the main source of entertainment in Eumeswil. I, as an anarch, not uninterested but disinterested, can understand that. Freedom has a wide range and more facets than a diamond. ~ Ernst Jünger, Eumeswil

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

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. ~ Flaubert

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