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"... the unarmed power of naked truth." - Boris Pasternak

"All the armed prophets conquered; all the unarmed ones perished." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause." - Jose Narosky

"Never have a battle of wits with an unarmed person." - Mark Twain

"An unarmed or non-militant People will be enslaved." - David Lane

"What Roman power slowly built, an unarmed traitor instantly overthrew." - Claudius Claudianus

"Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"I refuse to engage in an intellectual battle with an unarmed man." - Albert Einstein

"We are born into this world unarmed - our mind is our only weapon." - Ayn Rand

"Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man." - Winston Churchill

"I can't see how an unarmed man rejecting a drug deal ended up dead." - Al Sharpton

"Only an armed people can be truly free. Only an unarmed people can ever be enslaved." - Aristotle

"The power of unarmed nonviolence is any day far superior to that of armed force." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Unarmed love is the most powerful force in all the world." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"She might be unarmed, but Rose Hathaway was in possession of many weapons." - Richelle Mead

"Hence it happened that all the armed prophets conquered, all the unarmed perished." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man." - Oscar Wilde

"The unarmed man is not just defenseless - he is also contemptible." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"For an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." - Thomas Jefferson

"The police killings of unarmed African Americans has got to stop." - Bernie Sanders

"An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity." - Clint Smith

"But you can't ignore dense people-they're not unarmed; they're armed differently." - Aaron C. Brown

"India unarmed would not require to be destroyed through poison gas or bombardment." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!" - William Shakespeare

"I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment." - Huey Newton

"Americans have the right to choose to be unarmed and helpless. Be my guest." - Ted Nugent

"A man was the cause of it. An unarmed man with a weapon." - Frank O'Hara

"Life is a battle of wits, and many people have to fight it unarmed." - Evan Esar

"An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." - Jeff Cooper

"Hence it comes that all armed prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed prophets have been destroyed." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet." - Common

"What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth" - Boris Pasternak

"A soul, therefore, when deprived of the Word of God, is given up unarmed to the devil for destruction" - John Calvin

"When National Guardsmen shot four unarmed students at Kent State, virtually the entire system of higher education shuddered and stopped." - Nancy Gibbs

"We are protecting civilians. We are unarmed. We are no threat to you. Please do not shoot." - Rachel Corrie

"I'm the most dangerous unarmed women in the world, I've prepared my entire life to be that way." - Ronda Rousey

"What does drunkenness accomplish? It discloses secrets, it ratifies hopes, and urges even the unarmed to battle." - Horace

"What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth." - Boris Pasternak

"Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations in the face of odds." - Mahatma Gandhi

"An ignorant person with a bad character is like an unarmed robber, but a learned person with a blog is a robber fully armed" - Mickey Kaus

"Technically, I am unarmed. But no one should ever underestimate the harm that fingernails can do. Especially if the target is unprepared." - Suzanne Collins

"Hence it happened that all the armed prophets conquered, all the unarmed perished. [It., Di qui nacque che tutti li profeti armati vincero, e li disarmati rovinarono.]" - Niccolo Machiavelli

"You think that social media is about hooking up online? For these kids [in the Tunisian Revolution], it was a military tool to defend unarmed people from murderers." - Don Tapscott

"A good friend will help you plant your tulips. A great friend will help you plant a gun on the unarmed intruder you just shot." - Brian P Cleary

"Just because I was at an anti-police brutality protest, doesn't mean I'm anti-police. We want justice, but stop shooting unarmed people." - Quentin Tarantino

"Cadet corps instill discipline in its members, where you are taught basic skills such as survival in the wilderness, unarmed combat, tracking and learning how to strategise." - Joni Madraiwiwi

"A man who is intentionally unarmed relies upon the Unseen Force called God by poets, but called the Unknown by scientists." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The only people flying to Europe will be terrorists, so it will be, Will you be sitting in armed or unarmed?" - Robin Williams

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It is remarkable that this people, though unarmed, dares attack an armed foe; the infantry defy the cavalry, and by their activity and courage generally prove victors." - Giraldus Cambrensis

"An international presence in Serbia's Kosovo province is not a problem. But only a civilian and unarmed mission under U.N. auspices, with Russia's participation, would be acceptable." - Ivica Dacic

"An ignorant person with a bad character is like an unarmed robber, but a learned person with a blog is a robber fully armed." - Mickey Kaus

"The greatest heroes of the Normandy battlefield were the unarmed medics, whom snipers often shot at despite their Red Cross armbands." - Antony Beevor

"Humour is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them." - Simon Wiesenthal

"Art goes into the world unarmed, vulnerable to every quirk of fate, and it must survive only by its power to move men not to destroy it." - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

"There is simply no comparison between a man who is armed and one who is not. It is simply unreasonable to expect that an armed man should obey one who is unarmed, or that an unarmed man should remain safe and secure when his servants are armed." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"God gave us the gift of life. It is the most precious gift ever. To be unarmed is to be helpless to protect that gift; that is outright irresponsible." - Ted Nugent

"If you would force me to be unarmed and helpless I would have to do everything in my power to neutralize you... Peace and love will get you killed. That doesn't sound like a hippie." - Ted Nugent

"The Greeks were the first boxers. Pugilism appears to have been one of the earliest distinctions in play and exercise that appeared between the Hellenes and their Asiatic fathers. The unarmed personal encounter was indicative of a sturdier manhood." - John Boyle O'Reilly

"I'm not body-shy - it's hard to grow up in the Summerlands, where clothes are solidly optional, and stay body-shy - but that doesn't mean I enjoy nudity. Naked people are, by definition, unarmed.?" - Mira Grant

"[Michael] Brown's mom, Lesley McSpadden, is the latest African American mother whose tear-streaked face forces the nation to remember the name of yet another unarmed black teenager gunned down under questionable circumstances." - Jonathan Capehart

"Unarmed hand-to-hand fighting does not change through the ages; only the name changes, and it has only one rule: do it first, do it fast, do it dirtiest." - Robert A Heinlein

"Rendering oneself unarmed when one had been the best-armed, out of a height of feeling-that is the means to real peace, which must always rest on a peace of mind." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Sooner or later we all must die. Warriors choose to do so on their feet, standing between their enemies and those they hold dear. With a weapon in their hands. Cowards choose to do so on their bellies. Unarmed." - David Gell

"Nonviolent Peaceforce ...is building a large-scale professional force of well-trained unarmed peacekeepers ... This nonviolent peacekeeping provides an alternative to which we may say YES when we say NO to war." - Mel Duncan

"I'm not body-shy - it's hard to grow up in the Summerlands, where clothes are solidly optional, and stay body-shy - but that doesn't mean I enjoy nudity. Naked people are, by definition, unarmed." - Mira Grant

"The day that I can land at the airport in Baghdad and ride in an unarmed car down the highway to the Green Zone is the day that I'll start considering withdrawals from Iraq." - John Mccain

"Rendering oneself unarmed when one had been the best-armed, out of a height of feeling - that is the means to real peace, which must always rest on a peace of mind." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"It will be hard to find a parallel in history in which unarmed people have represented the urge for freedom, turning their armlessness into the central means for deliverance." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I'm not body-shy - it's hard to grow up in the Summerlands, where clothes are solidly optional, and stay body-shy - but that doesn't mean I enjoy nudity. Naked people are, by definition, unarmed." - Mira Grant

"The Greeks were the first boxers. Pugilism appears to have been one of the earliest distinctions in play and exercise that appeared between the Hellenes and their Asiatic fathers. The unarmed personal encounter was indicative of a sturdier manhood." - John Boyle Oreilly

"How absurd it was that in all seven kingdoms, the weakest and most vulnerable of people - girls, women - went unarmed and were taught nothing of fighting, while the strong were trained to the highest reaches of their skill." - Kristin Cashore

"You don't send people to prison on the basis of what other people imagine, or on the basis of media sound bites like 'shooting an unarmed child,' when that 'child' was beating him bloody." - Thomas Sowell

"From racial profiling and being pulled over just for 'driving while black' to this new phenomenon of killing unarmed people out of some preconceived idea of fear, our lives and our children's lives are not being valued." - Al Sharpton

"There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenceless people." - Nelson Mandela

"An armed republic submits less easily to the rule of one of its citizens than a republic armed by foreign forces. Rome and Sparta were for many centuries well armed and free. The Swiss are well armed and enjoy great freedom. Among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible. It is not reasonable to suppose that one who is armed will obey willingly one who is unarmed; or that any unarmed man will remain safe among armed servants." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"Peace consists, very largely, in the fact of desiring it with all one's soul. The inhabitants of my small country, Costa Rica, have realized those words by Erasmus. Mine is an unarmed people, whose children have never seen a fighter or a tank or a warship." - Oscar Arias

"Why does the guerrilla fighter fight? We must come to the inevitable conclusion that the guerrilla fighter is a social reformer, that he takes up arms responding to the angry protest of the people against their oppressors, and that he fights in order to change the social system that keeps all his unarmed brothers in ignominy and misery." - Che Guevara

"I believe in the doctrine of non-violence as a weapon of the weak. I believe in the doctrine of non-violence as a weapon of the strongest. I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed." - Mahatma Gandhi

"In a guerrilla war, the line between legitimate and illegitimate killing is blurred. The policies of free-fire zones, in which a soldier is permitted to shoot at any human target, armed or unarmed, further confuse the fighting man's moral senses." - Philip Caputo

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . 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

"[During the 20th century] ... 170 million men, women, and children have been shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed, or worked to death; buried alive, drowned, hung, bombed, or killed in any other of the myriad ways governments have inflicted death on unarmed, helpless citizens and foreigners." - Rudolph Rummel

"It takes a lot of weapons to do good works (as Richard the Lionhearted could have told us). And this is not just a Somali problem. We have poverty and deprivation in our own country. Try standing unarmed on a street corner in Compton handing out twenty-dollar bills and see how long you last." - P. J. O'Rourke

"The trouble is that nonviolence is so often defined as refusal to fight, and that is the American definition of cowardice. In fact, marching unarmed against the guns and dogs of the police requires more courage than does aggression. The perverted idea of manhood coming from the barrel of a gun is what keeps people from understanding nonviolence." - Jesse Jackson

"Why are you killing me for your own benefit? I am unarmed.' 'Why, do you not live on the other side of the water? My friend, if you lived on this side, I should be a murderer, but since you live on the other side, I am a brave man and it is right." - Blaise Pascal

"Our free eyes open now on new horizons and can see what yesterday, in our condition as colonial slaves, we could not observe: that Western Civilization disguises behind its showy facade a picture of hyenas and jackals... A carnivorous animal that feeds on unarmed peoples." - Che Guevara

"I am unarmed. But Butler here, my ...ah...butler, has a Sig Saucer in his shoulder holster, two shrike-throwing knives in his boots, aderringer two-shot up his sleeve, garrotte wire in his watch, and three stun greanades concealed in variouse pockets. Anything else, Butler?" - Eoin Colfer

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have a long-standing interest in what I like to think of as forbidden knowledge: methods of unarmed killing, lock picking, breaking and entry, spy stuff, and other things that the government wants only a few select individuals to know." - Barry Eisler

"The steel workers have now buried their dead, while the widows weep and watch their orphaned children become objects of public charity. The murder of these unarmed men has never been publicly rebuked by any authoritative officer of the state or federal government." - John L Lewis

"I have a long-standing interest in what I like to think of as 'forbidden knowledge:' methods of unarmed killing, lock picking, breaking and entry, spy stuff, and other things that the government wants only a few select individuals to know." - Barry Eisler

"It takes minutes to play, but 'Unmanned' sticks with you for long after the credits roll. As a part of a two-man team for an unarmed drone, you experience one day in the life of this man who's tired of staring through the camera of a drone flying around the Middle East and keeping his finger on the trigger." - Rob Manuel

"I think that if the beast who sleeps in man could be held down by threats of any kind, whether of jail or retribution, then the highest emblem of humanity would be the lion tamer, not the prophet who sacrificed himself.... What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth." - Boris Pasternak

"The biggest hypocrites on gun control are those who live in upscale developments with armed security guards - and who want to keep other people from having guns to defend themselves. But what about lower-income people living in high-crime, inner city neighborhoods? Should such people be kept unarmed and helpless, so that limousine liberals can 'make a statement' by adding to the thousands of gun laws already on the books?" - Thomas Sowell

"I don't think I would use a gun, but who knows what a person would do in certain circumstances? My instincts are that I don't see the point of using violence to oppose violence, but many people would and the Brotherhood know that. For this reason they want an unarmed population. Adolph Hitler introduced gun laws shortly before he began to transport people to his concentration camps." - David Icke

"As I got to know the people of #3;the Civil Rights Movement, I realized... I am the hopeful black woman #3;who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter #3;killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers #3;murdered in the line of duty. #3;#3;'Selma' has awakened my humanity." - Common

"If one partner gives himself completely, he breaks down the barriers of the other, however strong they may be. Because the act of giving means: "I trust you". The other, who to begin with may feel rather intimidated, wanting to prove things which aren't even under discussion, is unarmed by the spontaneity of such an attitude, and relaxes. At that moment, true sexual energy comes into play." - Paulo Coelho

"Travel is the art form available to Everyman. You sit in the coffee shop in a strange city and nobody knows who you are, or cares, and so you shed your checkered past and your motley credentials and you face the day unarmed ... And onward we go and some day in the distant future, we will stop and turn around in astonishment to see all the places we've been and the heroes we were." - Garrison Keillor

"I'd also like us to encourage people to gang rush shooters, rather than following their instincts to hide; if we drilled it into young people that the correct thing to do is for everyone to instantly run at the guy with the gun, these sorts of mass shootings would be less deadly, because even a guy with a very powerful weapon can be brought down by 8-12 unarmed bodies piling on him at once." - Megan McArdle

"And why does England thus persecute the votaries of her science? Why does she depress them to the level of her hewers of wood and her drawers of water? Is it because science flatters no courtier, mingles in no political strife? ... Can we behold unmoved the science of England, the vital principle of her arts, struggling for existence, the meek and unarmed victim of political strife?" - David Brewster

"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity...will respect the less important and arbitrary ones... 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." - Cesare Beccaria

"According to current Florida law you can get a gun, follow an unarmed minor, call the police, have them explicitly tell you to stop following [the minor] and choose to ignore that, keep following the minor, get into a confrontation with them, and if at any point during that process you get scared you can shoot the minor to death, and the state of Florida will say, 'Well, look: you did what you could.'" - John Oliver

"Weapons compound man's power to achieve; they amplify the capabilities of both the good man and the bad, and to exactly the same degree, having no will of their own. Thus we must regard them as servants, not masters - and good servants to good men. Without them, man is diminished, and his opportunities to fulfill his destiny are lessened. An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." - Jeff Cooper

"This impressed me when I was the editor of the Sunday Times [of London] - we had the "Bloody Sunday" killings of 13 unarmed civilians by British paratroopers. We interviewed 500 people for our report, and not one of them could give us a total picture of what was happening. It was like the Rashomon effect multiplied a million times. For a website or even a newspaper to be a collector of information flow is not the highest form of journalism." - Harold Evans

"One of the ongoing crises in America is institutional racism. We have a very broken criminal justice system. We live in a country where there are more people in jail than any other country on Earth. There are some 2.2 million people currently incarcerated and they are disproportionally African American and Hispanic. Unarmed African Americans have been abused and sometimes killed while in police custody. Clearly these are issues that must be dealt with and changed." - Bernie Sanders

"I think people will be surprised at some of the things about the shootings by policemen of unarmed African-American men. But I also think it's a balanced view. Balance has become almost a dirty word these days. It seems we're supposed to pick one side or the other. But these issues are extremely complicated. I think people will be surprised at some of that." - Don Winslow

"Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment. If the guns are taken out of the hands of the people and only the pigs have guns, then it's off to the concentration camps, the gas chambers, or whatever the fascists in America come up with. One of the democratic rights of the United States, the Second Amendment to the Constitution, gives the people the right to bear arms. However, there is a greater right; the right of human dignity that gives all men the right to defend themselves." - Huey Newton

"A system in which legal police shootings of unarmed civilians are a common occurrence is a system that has some serious flaws. In this case, the drawback is a straightforward consequence of America's approach to firearms. A well-armed citizenry required an even-better-armed constabulary. Widespread gun ownership creates a systematic climate of fear on the part of the police. The result is a quantity of police shootings that, regardless of the facts of any particular case, is just staggeringly high. Young black men, in particular, are paying the price for America's gun culture." - Matthew Yglesias

"For we let our young men and women go out unarmed in a day when armor was never so necessary. By teaching them to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word. By the invention of the film and the radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words, words, words. They do not know what the words mean; they do not know how to ward them off or blunt their edge or fling them back; they are prey to words in their emotions instead of being the masters of them in their intellects." - Dorothy L Sayers

"Man cannot survive except through his mind. He comes on earth unarmed. His brain is his only weapon. Animals obtain food by force. man had no claws, no fangs, no horns, no great strength of muscle. He must plant his food or hunt it. To plant, he needs a process of thought. To hunt, he needs weapons,and to make weapons - a process of thought. From this simplest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and we have comes from a single attribute of man -the function of his reasoning mind." - Ayn Rand



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