Violence Quotes

Kurt Vonnegut

If somebody says 'I love you' to me, I feel as though I had a pistol
If somebody says 'I love you' to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol holder requires? 'I love you, too'.

Milan Kundera

Physical love is unthinkable without violence.. Milan Kundera
Physical love is unthinkable without violence.

Mahatma Gandhi

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain..
Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.

Patton Oswalt

I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out of me with steel pipes.

Flannery O'Connor

Our age not only does not have a very sharp eye for the almost imperceptible intrusions of grace, it no longer has much feeling for the nature of the violences which precede and follow them.

Swami Dhyan Giten

There is a very simple relationship between increased socioeconomic rifts in the society and increased violence, criminality, war, increased lack of trust between people, health problems and social exclusion - but it seems to be very difficult for people to understand this simple relationship.

James Carlos Blake

Sex and violence ... are the two great engines of the world.

Martin Hopkins

Join us. Play the game. It will bring you an untold number of rewards and you will finally have some direction and purpose in your lives. Take control of yourselves and those around you. Bend them to your will and all worldly pleasures will be yours...

Martin Hopkins

The slick concrete reflected the facades of the work weary - grey, cracked and old,
but more importantly, trodden upon.

Martin Hopkins

Nothing is ‘wrong’ with me, Dan. What’s wrong with you? she said in the same eerily quiet voice, dark eyes fixated on Dan, as she breathed heavily.

Hannah Kilfoyle

The sun leaves me to silence
Before my eyes adjust
My ears are tuned for violence
My jaw begins to rust
His words wrap all about me
And heavy as they seem
They do not feel as filthy
As leaving them in dreams

Vironika Tugaleva

The desire to be loved, to feel loved, is behind every diet, pill, surgery, and lie. It is behind each act of violence and every affair as well as each organized religion and every method of self-help.

Stefan Molyneux

We already live on the planet of war, we already live on the red planet, and it's a war against children. All the other wars are just the shadows of the war on children.

Justin K. McFarlane Beau

Too many are sorry where they should be assertive, and nearly moved to aggressive radical action, where they should be apologizing to themselves first, and then the world at large.

Raymond Carver

Honey, no offense, but sometimes I think I could shoot you and watch you kick.

Ben Elton

This calls for a very special blend of psychology and extreme violence.

Eoin Colfer

Humm humm haaa. Rahmumm humm haaaa," intoned Opal, finishing her chant. "Peace be inside me, tolerance all around me, forgiveness in my path. Now, Mervall, show me where the filthy human is so that I may feed him his organs.

Terry Pratchett

I get it,' said the prisoner. 'Good Cop, Bad Cop, eh?'
If you like.' said Vimes. 'But we're a bit short staffed here, so if I give you a cigarette would you mind kicking yourself in the teeth?

Ernst F. Schumacher

Any 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.

Yehuda Bauer

Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.

Albert Einstein

I believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our
I believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil.

Matthew Gregory Lewis

He, who thought it necessary to maintain himself in her good graces, strove to console her under her disappointment by committing a little violence upon truth.

Samuel Engelen

I can kill a bad guy, but I can't save anyone. I'm not a hero. All I am is a killer. A dead killer who shit his pants.

Peter Kreeft

Violence is spiritual junk food, and boredom is spiritual anorexia.

Holly Estil Cunningham

Among peoples who possess a highly developed pugnacious instinct we find the greatest progress in the arts, sciences, social and political organization, commerce and industry. The instinct takes the milder form of rivalry which is the motive force of the great portion of the serious labors of mankind.

Anne Holm

Johannes had once said that violence and cruelty were just a stupid person's way of making himself felt, because it was easer to use your hands to strike a blow than to use your brain to find a logical and just solution to the problem.

John Le Carré

Everyone who is not happy must be shot.

Joan Baez

If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?

Alice Sebold

I forgive you," I said. I said what I had to. I would die by pieces to save myself from real death.

Sena Jeter Naslund

If you remembered somebody was as real as yourself, how could you kill anybody?

P.D. James

People were excited by violence. What, after all, was the sexual act but a voluntarily endured assault, a momentary death?

Louis L'Amour

It is brutal. Only I never could see the sense in having folks look at your tombstone and say, 'He was a man who didn't believe in violence, He's a good man... and dead.

Ron Rash

A place where something so terrible had happened shouldn't continue to exist in the world


This world’s anguish is no different
from the love we insist on holding back.


The problem with our society is that our values aren’t in the right place. There’s an awful lot of bleeding and naked bodies on prime-time networks, but not nearly enough cable television on public programming.


In a world gushing blood day and night, you never stop mopping up pain.

Wallace Stevens

A violent order is disorder; and a great disorder is an order.
These two things are one.

Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno

the sharp,
plaintive edge
on the rim
of the spoon
of my giving.
(lines 8-13 of the poem 'Confessions')

Jeffrey Tucker

There is only a certain amount of wealth in the world, this thinking goes. Economics is a matter of acquiring and allocating, not creating. This was the view of the world’s smartest people, all top philosophers and not stupid people, for many thousands of years before the age of the enlightenment. It still is.

Tsegaye Gebre Medhin

I crave for knowledge. I envy tolerant, peaceful folks. I am frightened by ignorance. I loathe violence.

Christopher Moore

As a teacher of fourth-graders in a public school, where corporal punishement was not allowed, she had years of violence stored up and was, truth be told, sort of enjoying letting it out on Kona, who she felt could have been the poster child for the failure of public education.

Isaac Asimov

Gewalt ist die letzte Zuflucht des Unfähigen.

Mahatma Gandhi

The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles."

(Young India, 22 October 1925)

Gil Bailie

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 humans have ever committed.

Michael Chabon

All at once he feels weary of ganefs and prophets, guns and sacrifices and the infinite gangster weight of God. He's tired of hearing about the promised land and the inevitable bloodshed required for its redemption.

Tucker Elliot

America isn’t perfect but there’s not a better place in the world for people of any faith.

David R. Smock

The fact that religions, which usually have at their core a promotion of tolerance and peace, have been exploited to carry out violence clearly indicates that individuals and groups have not discovered the true "peace message" that is inherent in almost every religion. (by Cilliers, Ch. 3, p. 55)

Charles F. Glassman

When fear meets fear nothing good every happens.

LeAnne Mechelle

I crave the violence of your affection. I ache for the way it jumbles my insides and makes my heart feel like it's harboring a thunderstorm. I've never felt more alive in all my time on this earth, as I have, being underneath your touch.

Shahla Khan

Be an active bystander because sooner or later you or someone you love could be a victim too.

Donata Joseph

Use the darkness of your past to propel you to a brighter future.

Howard Tayler

Judging by the sounds of general panic, I want a gun like that.

Howard Tayler

Maxim 37:
There is no "overkill".
There is only "open fire" and "time to reload".

-The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

Howard Tayler

Hi. I'm here to enlist.

You can't. You aren't human.
You see, little fella, we don't do sociological stuff like "interspeciated workplaces." We're a crack company of space mercenaries. We do "hurting people" and "breaking things."

Sounds like my kind of fun.
-Schlock & Lieutenant Der Trihs

Howard Tayler

Maxim 6:
If violence wasn't your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it.

-The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

Howard Tayler

When the enemy of my enemy is willing to use plasma weapons inside a hotel, I think I can do better than stupid aphorisms, General.
-Captain Kevyn Andreyasn

Howard Tayler

So you're a fellow mercenary, then.

Does this mean you'll afford me some professional courtesy?

Don't ask for that. All it means is that you might get to face the person who kills you. . . But only if it's convenient.
-Elf, Glamour Assault Host, & Doctor Bunnigus

Howard Tayler

No! Wait! I've got a better idea..."

"Your ideas tend to result in unnecessary violence, Sergeant Schlock."

"And your point is..."

"Let's broaden the definition of 'necessary'."

-Sergeant Schlock & Captain Tagon

Howard Tayler

We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Cross it? I'm making plans to destroy the bridge from orbit.
-Colonel Ceeta & Captain Tagon

Bertrand Russell

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.

Jim Morrison

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

James W. Bodden

There’s fear and violence under the surface. One always follows the other.

Nenia Campbell

Death was not the scariest thing out there; no, the denial of it could be far worse.

Fuyumi Ono

The part of her that should have been disgusted was numb.

T.C. Boyle

He'd been a fool, he saw that now. How could he have thought, even for a minute, that they'd be safe out here in the suburbs? The world was violent, rotten, corrupt, seething with hatred and perversion, and there was no escaping it. Everything you worked for, everything you loved, had to be locked up as if you were in a castle under siege.

Nenia Campbell

Fear could drive one to violence as quickly as anger could.

Jack Ketchum

In the basement, with Ruth, I began to learn that anger, hate, fear and loneliness are all one button awaiting the touch of just a single finger to set them blazing toward destruction.

Max Stirner

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

Toni Morrison

Black people are victims of an enormous amount of violence. None of those things can take place without the complicity of the people who run the schools and the city.

Mike Norton

It is not what you can do for your country, but what you can do for all of mankind.

Alison Larkin

I, on the other hand, interrupt people because my thoughts fly out of my mouth. My handbag's full of rubbish. And I want to do something that matters with my life. Right now I'd like to write plays, sing in musicals, and/or rid the world of poverty, violence, cruelty, and right-wing conservative politics.

Leon Trotsky

As long as human labor power, and, consequently, life itself, remain articles of sale and purchase, of exploitation and robbery, the principle of the “sacredness of human life” remains a shameful lie, uttered with the object of keeping the oppressed slaves in their chains.

George W. Bush

For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America.

Friedrich Hayek

Emergencies” have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded.

Jeffrey Tucker

The instant that any government obtains a monetary printing press, it becomes a deeply dishonest government, empowered to rob people by stealth. A government with the power to print money knows no limits.

Kofi Annan

You can do a lot with diplomacy, but with diplomacy backed up by force you can get a lot more done.

Rassool Jibraeel Snyman

The worst kind of tyrant is one that is righteously wrong

Thomas Sowell

As history has also shown, especially in the twentieth century, one of the first things an ideologue will do after achieving absolute power is kill.

Guy Sajer

A day came when I should have died,
and after than nothing seemed very important,
so I stayed as I am, without regret
separated from the normal human condition.

Bill Maher

Every day in America is a day with a shooting.

Guy Sajer

Only victors have stories to tell,
we the vanquished were then thought of
as cowards and weaklings whose memories
and fears should not be remembered.

Sara Sheridan

I have a really vivid imagination and I find it difficult to read scenes of complete graphic violence. That's not to say that graphic violence does not exist. It's just that I find it quite harrowing and I much prefer if it isn't completely outlined for me because my imagination can do that.

Roman Payne

I’ve seen knives pierce the chest,
Children dying in the road
Crawling things hooked and baited,
Rapists bound and then castrated,
Villains singed in public square.
Yet none these sights did make me cringe
Like when my Love cut all her hair.

Keith Hollihan

It’s comforting to me,” he added, “that beauty can come from violence, if only in metaphor.

John Dominic Crossan

To obtain and possess the kingdoms of the world, with their power and glory, by violent injustice is to worship Satan. To obtain and possess the kingdom, the power, and the glory by nonviolent justice is to worship God.

Richard Pryor

You can't talk about fucking in America, people say you're dirty. But if you talk about killing somebody, that's cool.

Will Christopher Baer

Which do you prefer, she says. Sex or Violence?
I try to smile. What's the difference, really.

J.G. Ballard

Their violence (the jungle wars of the '70s), and all violence for that matter, reflects the neutral exploration of sensation that is taking place, within sex as elsewhere and the sense that the perversions are valuable precisely because they provide a readily accessible anthology of exploratory techniques.

Karina Halle

Rubbing a clit to competin and sawing off someone's foot seemed to use all the same muscles.

Stephen Lewis

One is that if women’s sexuality in Africa wasn’t under assault, if women were able to say no, if women weren’t subject to predatory attacks by men, or predatory behavior generally, then you would have a disease in Africa called AIDS. But you wouldn’t have a pandemic.

Nenia Campbell

They said the shape-shifters fucked with the enthusiasm of animals - if they didn't devour you with the enthusiasm of one first.

Nenia Campbell

A quick and brutal fuck from behind usually served as an effective reminder of where you stood in the pack hierarchy.

Joe McGinniss Jr.

Chase asks her what time the appointment is booked for. Rachel says, "It's at 11:30 or midnight. He's supposed to call to confirm." She checks her cell. "But I want to be there early." she says.
"Just to be on the safe side."
"There isn't one, Rachel.

Tom Spanbauer

With tybo men there isn't much difference between fucking and killing.

Bryan Talbot

Oh, they don't allow the Bible in Heaven, Miss Mary...It contains far too much sex and violence.

Richard Von Krafft-Ebing

He soon recognized the fact that the stimulus proceeded from the idea to be in the power of a woman rather than from the act of violence itself.

Bryant McGill

The system wears a mask of civility, yet will quickly reveal its true nature in the form of magnificently-purposed violence when needed.

Rachel Caine

In real life, you don't get a reset, and you don't get extra lives, and I got the crap pounded out of me.

Malcolm X

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

Robert A. Heinlein

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor.

Naomi Klein

Extreme violence has a way of preventing us from seeing the interests it serves.

Chris Hedges

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

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