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QUOTES ON VIOLENCE


To care only for well-being seems to me positively ill-bred. Whether it’s good or bad, it is sometimes very pleasant, too, to smash things.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

Man, the inventor of the rack, the stake, the gallows, and the electrocutor; of the sword and gun; above all, of justice, duty, patriotism and all the other isms by which even those who are clever enough to be humanely disposed are persuaded to become the most destructive of all the destroyers.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Man and Superman

Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.

EMILY BRONTË, Wuthering Heights

It is not violence that best overcomes hate — nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.

CHARLOTTE BRONTË, Jane Eyre

Heaven, the seat of bliss,
Brooks not the works of violence and war.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Men ... must have corrupted nature a little, for they were not born wolves, and they have become wolves. God did not give them twenty-four-pounder cannons or bayonets, and they have made bayonets and cannons to destroy each other.

VOLTAIRE, Candide

Man measures his strength by his destructiveness.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Man and Superman

For only in destroying I find ease
To my relentless thoughts.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

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