Force is the capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power to a person, place or thing.


  • Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
  • Violence is the repartee of the illiterate.
    • Punch by Alan Brien
  • The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain, is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into the minds of ordinary men.
  • 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.
    • In the Conciliation with America speech given by Edmund Burke
  • La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure.
    • Translation: The reason of the strongest is always the best
    • Le loup et l'agneau by Jean de la Fontaine
  • Vis consili expers mole ruit sua.
    • Translation: Brute force without judgement collapses under its own weight
    • Odes by Horace
  • A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit upon it.
  • A riot is at the bottom the language of the unheard.
  • Let there be no violence in religion.
  • There is little to choose morally between beating up a man physically and beating him up meantally.
    • On Moral Courage by Compton MacKenzie, (1962)
  • There is a homely old adage which runs, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.'
  • Where force is necessary, one should make use of it boldly, resolutely, and right to the end. But it is as well to know the limitations of force; to know where to combine force with manoeuvre, assualt with conciliation.
  • Vencer no es convencer.
  • Whenever you employ a force of any sort, to carry a point of real importance, reject all nice calculations of economy. Better to be a thousand per cent over the mark, than the smallest fraction of a unit under it.
    • The Room in the Dragon Volant, from the book In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Faun
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