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He would offer his culprit an alternative: four strokes with the cane, which hurt; or six with the strap, with trousers down, which didn’t. Sensible boys always chose the strap, despite the humiliation, and Trench, quite unable to control his glee, led the way to an upstairs room, which he locked, before hauling down the miscreant’s trousers, lying him face down on a couch and lashing out with a belt. Paul Foot, re Anthony Chevenix-Trench, housemaster at Shrewsbury
If you are on Twitter or Facebook there is every chance you’ve seen a ... massive explosion in online hate. Richard Bacon, The Anti-Social Network, BBC 2012
That anonymity means there’s no boundaries. ibid.
Trolls post vicious messages on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. ibid.
I’d come home to find a barrage of abuse. ibid.
The online bullies will often post anonymously. ibid.
People are fed up with theocratic bullying. Christopher Hitchens, Q TV interview 2009
‘You should be nicer to him,’ a schoolmate had once said to me of some awfully ill-favored boy. ‘He has no friends.’ This, I realized with a pang of pity that I can still remember, was only true as long as everybody agreed to it. Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir
When the Washington Post telephoned me at home on Valentine’s Day 1989 to ask my opinion about the Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwah, I felt at once that here was something that completely committed me. It was, if I can phrase it like this, a matter of everything I hated versus everything I loved. In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying, and intimidation. In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression. Plus, of course, friendship – though I like to think that my reaction would have been the same if I hadn’t known Salman at all. To re-state the premise of the argument again: the theocratic head of a foreign despotism offers money in his own name in order to suborn the murder of a civilian citizen of another country, for the offense of writing a work of fiction. No more root-and-branch challenge to the values of the Enlightenment (on the bicentennial of the fall of the Bastille) or to the First Amendment to the Constitution, could be imagined. President George H W Bush, when asked to comment, could only say grudgingly that, as far as he could see, no American interests were involved. ibid.
For Oscar, high school was the equivalent of a medieval spectacle, like being put in the stocks and forced to endure the peltings and outrages of a mob of deranged half-wits, an experience from which he supposed he should have emerged a better person, but that’s not really what happened – and if there were any lessons to be gleaned from the ordeal of those years he never quite figured out what they were. He walked into school every day like the fat lonely nerdy kid he was, and all he could think about was the day of his manumission, when he would at last be set free from its unending horror. Hey, Oscar, are there faggots on Mars? — Hey, Kazoo, catch this. The first time he heard the term moronic inferno he know exactly where it was located and who were its inhabitants. Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Readers are bullied in schoolyards and in locker-rooms as much as in government offices and prisons. Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading
There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone. Elizabeth Bowen
Now the villain was to be an even more unlikely figure, one who initially looks like an angel in Paradise. At first sight it would seem an idyllic setting. An island deserted apart from a handful of innocent schoolboys. Yet it was here that William Golding proposed to look evil straight in the face. And that face belonged to perhaps the most shocking villain in British fiction – a twelve-year-old choirboy called Jack Meridew. Faulks on Fiction 4/4: The Villains, BBC 2011
Glenn Beck must be desperate to keep right-wing religious views alive far into the future because during his radio show on Wednesday, the conservative talker actually advocated for parents to physically bully their kids until they submit to Christianity.
Glenn Beck attempted to convince parents to bully their children until they accept God.
Right Wing Watch reports that Beck attempted to convince his listeners that they need to take action now to force their kids to believe that it’s God that gives them their rights. To achieve this goal, Beck suggests parents physically abuse them. Addicting Info online article 10th October 2013, ‘Glenn Beck Says Parents Should Physically Abuse Their Kinds Until They Believe in God’
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the World, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. Ralph Waldo Emerson
[Levi] Bellfield was a woman-hater. He was bullied at school quite acutely by a number of girls. Steve Bird, journalist
He [George VI] was bullied ... His time in the Navy was made retched by mental depression and physical pain. Reputations: George VI: The Reluctant King, BBC 1999
It certainly was no good just thinking about a new society, or trying to attract others to it by example. Exploiters who amassed their power and wealth by robbing workers were not sentimental or namby-pamby about it. They would hold on to their wealth and power, if they had to, by force. They would never surrender that power and wealth, however intellectually or morally unjustifiable it was. It was up to the exploited class – the working class – to seize the means of production in a revolution. No one could do it for them. Socialism could not be introduced by Utopians, dictators, benevolent or otherwise, or by reforming intellectuals and politicians. The first precondition for socialism was that the wealth of society had to be taken over by the workers ...
While reforms are carried out in the name of workers by someone from on high, the muck of ages sticks to them. The hierarchies created by exploitation encourage even the most degraded and exploited worker to seek someone else whom he can insult and bully as he himself is insulted and bullied. In such circumstances, workers will take pride in things of which there is nothing to be proud: the colour of their skin, their sex, nationality, birthplace or God. These are selected for them by custom, inheritance or superstition, and have nothing to do with their abilities or characters. They are the muck of ages. How are they to be shaken off? Is someone else to do it for the workers? Or should they do it themselves, by organising their producing power, their own strikes, demonstrations and protests? Paul Foot, The Case For Socialism ch1
A bully is always a coward. Early 19th century proverb
Bullies are always cowards at heart and may be credited with a pretty safe instinct in scenting their prey. Anna Julia Cooper
The bullying was hideous and relentless, and we turned it round by making ourselves celebrities. Julian Clary
Most organisations have a serial bully. It never ceases to amaze me how one person’s divisive dysfunctional behaviour can permeate the entire organisation like a cancer. Tim Field
Courage is fire and bullying is smoke. Benjamin Disraeli
I do not at all have the mind of a bully ... in my mind bullies are intolerant of contrary opinion, domineering and rather cowardly. I would hope that none of those terms could be fairly used in describing me. Conrad Black
I do not want our children and grandchildren to live in a world where every day they fear some regional strongman with weapons of mass destruction. We need to send a message to these future would-be bullies: you will not be allowed to threaten the world. George Voinovich
Remember, I’m the kind of kid who used to get stuffed into a locker by school bullies. I’ve never felt like I’m a big star at any level of my life. Winona Ryder
When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard. River Phoenix
The tragedy of Phoebe Prince: a fifteen year old girl from County Clare who moved to America in September 2009 with her family. By January 14th 2010 after months of bullying at the hands of schoolmates Phoebe was found hanging in her new home. Bullied to Death: The Tragedy of Phoebe Prince, Channel 5 2011
This group of girls would become known around the world as the Untouchable Mean Girls. ibid.