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Violence II

The brain is like a computer. If a person whacked their computer against the wall hundreds of times, eventually it wouldn't work.
-- Dr. Henry Powell, head of the neuropathology department, UCSD, on the dangers of boxing.

The Original Snow Goon must be making his OWN Snow Goons. I'll bet he's making an army! In a few days, he could build a hundred snow goons! If each of THEM built a ANOTHER hundred, and then THOSE all built a hundred MORE, why... that would be pretty cool, if they weren't out to kill me. --Calvin (and Hobbes)

Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. (He is also a fool.) -- Robert A. Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus

Tempt not a desperate man. -- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Never frighten a little man. He'll kill you. -- Robert A. Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus

Extreme fear can neither fight nor fly. -- William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two. -- Seneca

(I know: "Guns Don't Kill People." But I suspect that they have something to do with it. If you point your finger at someone and say, "Bang, bang, you're dead," not much actually happens.) -- Molly Ivins

It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier. -- Robert A. Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus

Some things'll scare you so bad, you'll hurt yourself. -- Boots Cooper

No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country. -- George Smith Patton

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. -- Sun Tzu, 300 B.C.

The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes....Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. -- Thomas Jefferson

To put your life in danger from time to time... breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities. -- Nevil Shute (?)

Winston could not definitely remember a time when his country had not been at war...war had literally been continuous, though strictly speaking it had not always been the same war. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil. -- George Orwell, 1984

Winning isn't the most important thing, it's the only thing. -- Vince Lombardi

People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Fraud is the homage that force pays to reason. -- Charles Curtis, A Commonplace Book

I am your enemy, the first one you've ever had who was smarter than you. There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will ever tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on, I am your teacher. -- Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

We have met the enemy, and he is us. -- Walt Kelly

Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill.

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure. -- George Gordon, Lord Byron, Don Juan

No tree has branches so foolish as to fight amongst themselves. -- Ojibwa Indian saying

Such a foolish notion, that war is called devotion, when the greatest warriors are the ones who stand for peace.

There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets? -- Dick Cavett, mocking the TV-violence debate

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.

-- Buckminster Fuller

The Book of Five Rings -- Miyamoto Musashi, 1645
  1. Earth - Stategy is the craft of the warrior.
  2. Water - Study hard to absorb these things into your body.
  3. Fire - Become the enemy. Move the shadow. Let go of the hilt.
  4. Wind - The sword swung violently is coarse.
  5. Emptiness - To know form, know emptiness.

Summer grass -
all that's left
of warrior's dreams. -- Basho

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