Man, the inventor of the rack, the stake, the gallows, and the electrocutor; of the sword and gun; above all, of justice, duty, patriotism and all the other isms by which even those who are clever enough to be humanely disposed are persuaded to become the most destructive of all the destroyers.
Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.
It is not violence that best overcomes hate nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.
- Heaven, the seat of bliss,
- Brooks not the works of violence and war.
Men ... must have corrupted nature a little, for they were not born wolves, and they have become wolves. God did not give them twenty-four-pounder cannons or bayonets, and they have made bayonets and cannons to destroy each other.
Man measures his strength by his destructiveness.