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102,353.  The right to use force and violence at will is accepted pretty much across the spectrum.  (Politics & Democracy & Right Wing & Violence)  Noam Chomsky, interview Abby Martin, The Empire Files, Youtube 2015



623.  By no stretch of the imagination can you argue that the core principle of Islam is non-violence.  It is taboo to notice this.  (Religion & Islam & Violence)  Sam Harris, New York 2005 Society for Ethical Culture lecture



644.  Why is religion such a potent source of violence?  There is no other sphere of discourse in which human beings so fully articulate their differences from one another, or cast these differences in terms of everlasting rewards and punishments.  Religion is the one endeavor in which ‘Us v Them’ thinking achieves a transcendent significance.  If you really believe that calling God by the right name can spell the difference between eternal happiness and eternal suffering, then it becomes quite reasonable to treat heretics and unbelievers rather badly.  The stakes of our religious differences are immeasurably higher than those born of mere tribalism, racism, or politics.  (Religion & Prejudice & Violence & War)  Sam Harris 



95,646.  To define the mafia as ‘the industry of violence’ is open to misunderstanding.  Violence is a means, not an end; a resource, not the final product.  The commodity that is really at stake is protection.  It may be argued that ultimately protection rests on the ability to use force, but it does not follow that it coincides with it ... These were people who find it in their individual interest to buy mafia protection.  While some may be victims of extortion, many others are willing customers.  (Gangs & Mafia & Protection & Violence)  Professor Diego Gambetta, Oxford University, The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection    



89,998.  But if we reason it out simply and not try to be one bit fancy, then what sort of pride can you possibly take or what’s the sense of ever having it, if man is poorly put together as a physiological type and if the enormous majority of the human race is brutal, stupid, and profoundly unhappy.  (Stupidity & Violence & Unhappiness)  Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard  



11,076.  I’m afraid of violence, but I’ve often submitted to it.  (Artists: Bacon & Violence)  Francis Bacon



11,077.  When I say violence I mean violence of Life itself ... To think how disturbing what is called Reality is.  (Artists: Bacon & Violence & Reality & Life’s Like That)  Francis Bacon



2,315.  ‘Jane!  will you hear reason?’  (he stooped and approached his lips to my ear)  ‘because, if you won’t, I’ll try violence.’  (Reason & Violence)  Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre 



5,376.  [Isaiah] Berlin’s warning would become a prophecy.  Ironically, this corruption of negative liberty would begin with the resurgence of positive liberty.  In the wake of the Soviet disaster, a new and even more extreme version of positive liberty was about to rise up in the Third World.  It would be a revolutionary vision of transforming individuals through violence.  It would spread and begin to destabilise the balance of power in the world.  In response, the followers of negative liberty in the West would decide that they had to confront and roll back this tide.  Out of this would emerge a strange mutant idea.  You would use violent revolutionary techniques to create a world of negative freedom.  (Liberty & Civil Liberties & Freedom & Terror & Violence)  Adam Curtis, The Trap



6,554.  Even so my bloody thoughts, with violent pace,

Shall ne’er look back.  (Think & Violence)  William Shakespeare, Othello III iii 454



7,010.  School violence – with all the money being spent on security guards, metal detectors and cameras, it’s now harder to get into class than it is to get into the Prom Queen’s pants ... The truth about school violence is not what you’d expect after listening to the fear-mongers in the news.  According to the Justice Department violence in schools has dropped 40% since 1992.  (School & Violence)  Penn & Teller, Bullshit! Safety Hysteria s1e2



9,452.  I will not include gratuitous violence and sex, not for anyone.  (Christmas & Sex & Violence)  Alan Ayckbourn, Season’s Greetings starring Michael Cashman & Barbara Flynn & Nicky Henson & Anna Massey & Geoffrey Palmer & Peter Vaughan et al, director Michael A Simpson, Bernard, re his puppet play, BBC 1986



12,463.  Why would Christians want to portray Jesus as violent, as someone who killed people, who withered people?  And I’m not sure that there’s a good answer to it.  (Jesus & Christianity & Violence)  Professor Bart Ehrman, University of Northern California



92,793.  People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.  (Violence & Bed & Police)  George Orwell



16,952.  Those who ‘abjure’ violence can do so only because others are committing violence on their behalf.  George Orwell



17,715.  It didn’t start out as a gang.  We protected the store-owners, we protected the women, the mothers, the families ... I wanted to excel at something, and I did excel in violence.  (Gangs US: Chicago & Violence & Chicago)  James Anderson (P Stone aka Satan) Chicago



18,118.  Violence is absolute.  Massimo Carlotto



20,609.  There was me – that is Alex – and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim.  And we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening.  The Korova Milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking.  This would sharpen you up and make up ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.  (GBH Films & Violence)  A Clockwork Orange 1971 starring Malcolm McDowell & Patrick Magee & Michael Bates & Warren Clarke & John Clive & Adrienne Corri & Carl Duering & Paul Farrell & Clive Francis & Michael Gover et al, director Stanley Kubrick, Alex’s commentary


20,610.  Go on, do me in, ya bastard cowards.  I don’t want to live anyway.  Not in a stinking world like this.  It’s a stinking world because there’s no law and order any more.  It’s a stinking world because it lets the young get onto the old.  (GBH Films & Violence & World)  ibid.  tramp to Alex et al


20,612.  Then we headed West.  What we were after now was the old surprise visit.   That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old ultra-violence.  (GBH Films & Violence)  ibid.  Alex’s commentary


20,613.  Is it some devil that crawls inside of you?  (GBH Films & Devil & Violence)  ibid.


20,620.  Excellent.  He’s enterprising, aggressive, out-going, young, bold, vicious.  He’ll do ... This vicious young hoodlum will be transformed out of all recognition.  (GBH Films & Violence & Prison)  ibid. 


20,623.  Violence is a very horrible thing.  (GBH Films & Violence)  ibid.  female doctor to Alex


20,624.  I never used to feel sick before.  I used to feel like the very opposite.  I mean doing it or watching it I used to feel real horror-show.  (GBH Films & Violence)  ibid.  Alex to female doctor



2,153.  Violence is seductive.  People get into it.  It’s like a drug.  It’s difficult to turn off.  And it’s a sort of blood-lust.  David C Brotherton, sociologist



21,126.  So what you’re telling me is this escalating violence is down to a vigilante pensioner?  (GBH Films & Violence)  Harry Brown 2009 starring Michael Caine & Emily Mortimer & Charlie Creed Miles & David Bradley & Ben Drew & Sean Harris & Jack O'Connell & Jamie Downey & Lee Oakes & Joseph Gilgun & Liam Cunningham et al, director Daniel Barber, chief rozzer to rozzers



21,406.  In a democracy there is no place for mob violence.  (GBH Films & Mob & Violence & Film Noir & Democracy)  The Sound of Fury 1950 starring starring Frank Lovejoy & Lloyd Bridges & Kathleen Ryan & Richard Carlson & Katherine Locke & Adale Jergens & Art Smith et al, director Cyril Endfield, Sheriff


21,407.  Violence is a disease caused by moral and social breakdown.  That is the real problem.  And it must be solved by reason.  Not by emotion.  With understanding, not hate.  (GBH Films & Violence & Film Noir)  ibid.  Professor



21,471.  He showed me you can gain strength through violence.  And with power and control you could do anything.  (GBH Films & Violence)  Love, Honour & Obey 2000 starring Sadie Frost & Ray Winstone & Jonny Lee Miller & Jude Law & Kathy Burke & Sean Pertwee & Denise van Outer & Rhys Ifans et al, directors Dominic Anciano & Ray Burdis et al, commentary



22,734.  This violence isn’t getting us anywhere.  (GBH Films & Violence)  Odd Man Out 1947 starring James Mason & Robert Newton & Cyril Cusack & William Hartnell & Kathleen Ryan & F J McCormick & Fay Compton & Denis O'Dea et al, director Carol Reed, Johnny