A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on violence, liberty, and coercion

One who uses coercion is guilty of deliberate violence. Coercion is inhuman.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by F.A. Hayek on coercion, violence, good intentions, and morality

It is indeed probable that more harm and misery have been caused by men determined to use coercion to stamp out a moral evil than by men intent on doing evil.

F.A. Hayek

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, violence, and virtue

Weapons are instruments of fear; they are not a wise man's tools.
He uses them only when he has no choice.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching [Text Only], Pages: 33

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge on law, love, violence, and tolstoy

Everything Tolstoy wrote is precious, but I found this final statement of the truth about life as he had come to understand it particularly beautiful and moving.  'That is what I have wanted to say to you, my brothers.  Before I died.'  So he concludes, giving one a vivid sense of the old man, pen in hand and bent over the paper, his forehead wrinkled into a look of puzzlement very characteristic of him, as though he were perpetually wondering how others could fail to see what was to him so clear - that the law of love explained all mysteries and invalidated all other laws.

Malcolm Muggeridge (1903 - 1990)

Source: Unpublished

Contributed by: Jeff.Mowatt

A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on love, violence, and law

It is this law of love and its recognition as a rule of conduct in all our relations with friends, enemies and offenders which must inevitably bring about the complete transformation of the existing order of things,
not only among Christian nations, but among all the peoples of the globe

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

Source: The Law of Love and the Law of Violence

Contributed by: Jeff.Mowatt

A Quote by Lao Tzu on weapons, violence, tao, and victory

Weapons are the tools of violence;
all decent men detest them.

Weapons are the tools of fear;
a decent man will avoid them
except in the direst necessity
and, if compelled, will use them
only with the utmost restraint.
Peace is his highest value.
If the peace has been shattered,
how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons,
but human beings like himself.
He doesn't wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory.
How could he rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?

He enters a battle gravely,
with sorrow and with great compassion,
as if he were attending a funeral.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Steve on violence, choice, necessity, and masquerading

Violence is a choice masquerading as a necessity.

Steve Ryals

Source: Drunk with Wonder: Awakening to the God Within

Contributed by: JoAnn

A Quote by arundhati roy on love, violence, life, joy, beauty, and strength

"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget."

arundhati roy

Contributed by: Demian

A Quote by Hans-Hermann Hoppe on liberty, freedom, happiness, security, government, violence, suppression, and serfdom

The recently ended twentieth century was characterized by a level of human rights violations unparalleled in all of human history. In his book Death by Government, Rudolph Rummel estimates some 170 million government-caused deaths in the twentieth century. The historical evidence appears to indicate that, rather than protecting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of their citizens, governments must be considered the greatest threat to human security.

Hanse-Hermann Hoppe

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Emma Goldman on america, violence, power, and revolution

We Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens. We are ready to hang, electrocute, or lynch anyone, who, from economic necessity, will risk his own life in the attempt upon that of some industrial magnate. Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that she will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations.

Emma Goldman (1869 - 1940)

Source: What is Patriotism? (1908 speech)

Contributed by: Barry

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