Resorting To Violence

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Resorting To 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

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

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

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

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

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor. ~ Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

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

As a tactic, violence is absurd. No one can compete with the Government in violence, and the resort to violence, which will surely fail, will simply frighten and alienate some who can be reached, and will further encourage the ideologists and administrators of forceful repression. ~ Noam Chomsky

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

We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love. ~ R. D. Laing

We really are creatures of a violent world, biologically speaking – watching violence and learning about it is one of our cognitive drives. ~ Steven Pinker

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

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.

Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe. ~ John Milton

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

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

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

Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings. ~ George Will

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

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

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

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

Where there is no human connection, there is no compassion. Without compassion, then community, commitment, loving-kindness, human understanding, and peace all shrivel. Individuals become isolated, the isolated turn cruel, and the tragic hovers in the forms of domestic and civil violence. Art and literature are antidotes to that. ~ Susan Vreeland

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

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

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

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

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

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

Violence is one of the most fun things to watch. ~ Quentin Tarantino

Jesus is a half-naked guy, hanging, nailed to a cross, and then people wear that around their neck, and then those are the people that are upset about violence in movies. ~ Marilyn Manson

Symbolic violence is violence wielded with tacit complicity between its victims and its agents, insofar as both remain unconscious of submitting to or wielding it. ~ Pierre Bourdieu

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

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

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

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

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

Revenge is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion. ~ Jeremy Taylor

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

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

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

Take away the violence and who will hear the men of peace? ~ Lorraine Hansberry

All my humor is based on destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I’d be standing in the bread line – right in back of J. Edgar Hoover. ~ Lenny Bruce

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