The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
Author: Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898)
Profession: Prussian Statesman, Prime Minister
Force is not a remedy.
Author: John Bright (1811-1889)
Profession: Radical British Statesman, Orator
The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.
Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman
Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not.
Author: Pierre Corneille (1606-1684)
Profession: French Dramatist
The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
Author: David Friedman
Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.
Author: Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955)
Profession: Spanish Essayist, Philosopher
Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.
Author: Katharine Hepburn (1907)
Profession: American Actress, Writer
Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form.
Author: Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835)
Profession: German Statesman, Philologist
Force works on servile natures, not the free.
Author: Ben Johnson (1600-)
Profession: British Clergyman, Poet
Be careful: they have arms, and no alternatives.
Author: Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932)
Profession: Polish Report and Foreign Correspondent
Some people draw a comforting distinction between ''force'' and ''violence.'' I refuse to cloud the issue by such word-play. The power which establishes a state is violence; the power which maintains it is violence; the power which eventually overthrows it is violence. Call an elephant a rabbit only if it gives you comfort to feel that you are about to be trampled to death by a rabbit.
Author: Kenneth Kaunda (1924)
Profession: Zambian Politician, President
Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed.
Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)
Profession: American Author
Force without forecast is to little avail.
Force is that which rules the actions without regulating the will.
Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation.
Author: Leon Trotsky (1879-1940)
Profession: Russian Revolutionary