Weapon Quotes (1,000+ quotes)
Speech at Madison Park High School, Boston, 23 June 1990
“Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.”
Letter to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp (30 July 1816), denouncing the doctrine of the Trinity - 1810s
“The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don't ask for their love; only for their fear.”
Quoted in Visions of Reality - A Study of Abnormal Perception and Behavior - by Alberto Rivas - Psychology - 2007 - Page 162
“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.”
Sisterhood in New York Magazine (20 December 1971), p. 49
“Armed with the knowledge of our past, we can with confidence charter a course for our future. Culture is an indispensable weapon in the freedom struggle. We must take hold of it and forge the future with the past.”
Speech at Founding Rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (1964-06-28) As quoted in By Any Means Necessary (1970) - By any means necessary: speeches, interviews, and a letter (1970)
“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”
Collected works (1975 edition)
“Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence... Someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence, certainly never.”
The Silence of the Sirens (October 1917)
“There's a good time coming, boys!
A good time coming.
We may not live to see the day,
But earth shall glisten in the ray
Of the good time coming.
Cannon-balls may aid the truth
But thought's a weapon stronger;
We'll win our battles by its aid,
Wait a little longer.”
The Good Time Coming. - Voices from the Crowd, and Town Lyrics (1857)