Force Quotes


  • Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
    o Foundation by Isaac Asimov

  • Violence is the repartee of the illiterate.
    o Punch by Alan Brien

  • Force is not a remedy.
    o In a speech by John Bright

  • The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain, is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into the minds of ordinary men.
    o The Face of Violence by Jacob Bronowski

  • 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.
    o In the Conciliation with America speech given by Edmund Burke

  • La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure.
    o Translation: The reason of the strongest is always the best
    o Le loup et l’agneau by Jean de la Fontaine

  • Vis consili expers mole ruit sua.
    o Translation: Brute force without judgement collapses under its own weight
    o Odes by Horace

  • A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit upon it.
    o Philosophy of Plotinus by William Ralph Inge

  • A riot is at the bottom the language of the unheard.
    o Chaos or Community by Martin Luther King

  • Let there be no violence in religion.
    o Chapter 2 of the Koran

  • There is little to choose morally between beating up a man physically and beating him up meantally.
    o On Moral Courage by Compton MacKenzie, (1962)

  • …who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.
    o Paradise Lost by John Milton

  • There is a homely old adage which runs, ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.’
    o In a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt

  • Where force is necessary, one should make use of it boldly, resolutely, and right to the end. But it is as well to know the limitations of force; to know where to combine force with manoeuvre, assualt with conciliation.
    o What Next? by Leon Trotsky

  • Vencer no es convencer.
    o Translation: To conquer is not to convince
    o In a speech given by Miguel de Unamuno

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