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Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

To destroy another life for the sake of justice is as though a man, to repair the misfortune of losing one arm, should cut off the other arm for the sake of equity.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

"Let the murderers," say the champions of state violence, "set us the example by giving up murder and then we will give it up." But the murderers say just the same, only with much more right. They say: "Let those who have undertaken to teach us and guide us set us the example of giving up legal murder, and then we will imitate them." And they say this, not as a jest, but seriously, because it is the actual state of the case.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

If men cease to fight duels… it will not be from fear of punishment (indeed, that invests the crime with additional charm for youth), but through a change in the moral standard of public opinion. It is the same with all other crimes. Force can never suppress what is sanctioned by public opinion.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

Cannons and guns will not fire themselves.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

The preachers of the Church never in any other case advocate the breaking of any other commandment.  But in connection with the commandment of non-resistance they openly teach that we must not understand it too literally ... that there are conditions and circumstances in which we must do the direct opposite, that is, go to law, fight, punish.



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