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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.

Author: Proverb


Force is that which rules the actions without regulating the will.

Author: Saying


Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation.

Author: Leon Trotsky (1879-1940)

Profession: Russian Revolutionary