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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.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

The more dubious and uncertain an instrument violence has become in international relations, the more it has gained in reputation and appeal in domestic affairs, specifically in the matter of revolution.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

Perhaps violence, like pornography, is some kind of an evolutionary standby system, a last-resort device for throwing a wild joker into the game?

Author: J. G. Ballard (1930)

Profession: British Author

I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austen wrote about manners. Violence shapes and obsesses our society, and if we do not stop being violent we have no future.

Author: Edward Bond

Profession: British Actor, Playwright

They are not following dharma who resort to violence to achieve their purpose. But those who lead others through nonviolent means, knowing right and wrong, may be called guardians of the dharma.

Author: Buddha (568-488 BC)

Profession: Founder of Buddhism

We are supposed to be the children of Seth; but Seth is too much of an effete nonentity to deserve ancestral regard. No, we are the sons of Cain, and with violence can be associated the attacks on sound, stone, wood and metal that produced civilization.

Author: Anthony Burgess (1917-1993)

Profession: British Writer, Critic

Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Profession: British Author, ''Sherlock Holmes''

Men are rewarded for learning the practice of violence in virtually any sphere of activity by money, admiration, recognition, respect, and the genuflection of others honoring their sacred and proven masculinity. In male culture, police are heroic and so are outlaws; males who enforce standards are heroic and so are those who violate them.

Author: Andrea Dworkin (1946)

Profession: American Feminist Critic

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

Author: Salvor Hardin

Profession:

Violence was almost an aphrodisiac for me.

Author: Woody Harrelson (1961)

Profession: American Actor

A man with a briefcase can steal millions more than any man with a gun.

Author: Don Henley

Profession: American Musician

There are situations in life to which the only satisfactory response is a physically violent one. If you don't make that response, you continually relive the unresolved situation over and over in your life.

Author: Russell Hoban (1925)

Profession: American Author

A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.

Author: Lewis H. Lapham (1935)

Profession: American Essayist, Editor

In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.

Author: Norman Mailer (1923)

Profession: American Author