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A man convinced against his will; is of the same opinion still.
~ Anonymous

 

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Be careful: they have arms, and no alternatives.
~ Ryszard Kapuscinski

 

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Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset

 

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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.
~ Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

 

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Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates. The truth is, nobody really possesses it.
~ Simone Weil

 

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Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not.
~ Pierre Corneille

 

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Force is not a remedy.
~ John Bright

 

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

 

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Force without forecast is to little avail.
~ Proverb

 

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Force works on servile natures, not the free.
~ Ben Johnson

 

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Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation.
~ Leon Trotsky

 

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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.
~ Kenneth Kaunda

 

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The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
~ David Friedman

 

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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.
~ Otto Von Bismarck

 

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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.
~ Edmund Burke

 

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Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed.
~ Henry Miller

 

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Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and completely. But one must know the limitations of force; one must know when to blend force with a maneuver, a blow with an agreement.
~ Leon Trotsky

 

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Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.
~ Simone Weil

 

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Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.
~ Katharine Hepburn

 

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