Defense Proverbs

Sayings about Defense & Attack

Attack is the best form of defense. ~ Traditional Proverb

The attack tames the beast. ~ French Proverb

A strong attack is half the battle won. ~ Spanish Proverbs

Great care is no defense against Fate. ~ Arabian Proverbs

When your enemies attack, bathe in their blood. ~ Islamic Proverb

A tree never hits an automobile except in self-defense. ~ American Proverbs

God defend me from my friends; from my enemies I can defend myself. ~ Traditional Proverb

Even the lion has to defend himself against flies. ~ German Proverbs 

An accuser may not act as a defender. ~ Hebrew Proverb

Admission by the defendant is worth a hundred witnesses. ~ Hebrew Proverb

A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom. ~ Chinese Proverb

A man without a woman cannot defend himself against seductions. ~ Hebrew Proverb

Quotations about Defense & Attack

Harsh necessity, and the newness of my kingdom, force me to do such things and to guard my frontiers everywhere. ~ Virgil

He who attacks must vanquish. He who defends must merely survive. ~ Master Kahn

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse. ~ Samuel Johnson

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. ~ John Calvin

The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten. ~ Calvin Coolidge

Every man who attacks my belief, diminishes in some degree my confidence in it, and therefore makes me uneasy; and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy. ~ Samuel Johnson

Before you give up hope, turn back and read the attacks that were made on Lincoln. ~ Bruce Barton

You can ensure the success of your attacks if you only attack places that are undefended. You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked. Therefore, that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack. ~ Sun Tzu

When in fear, it is safest to force the attack. ~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Courage is the best slayer — courage which attacketh, for in every attack there is the sound of triumph. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace, or ensure it of victory in time of war. ~ Calvin Coolidge

Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack. ~ Sun Tzu

Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction. ~ George W. Bush

Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back. ~ Piet Hein

Any terrorism is an attack on libertarian values. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

Most of the fear that spoils our life comes from attacking difficulties before we get to them. ~ Frank Crane

We’re in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country. ~ Ronald Reagan

There is no way to penetrate the surface of life but by attacking it earnestly at a particular point. ~ Charles Horton Cooley

Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack. ~ Sun Tzu

We clearly realize that freedom’s inner kingdom cannot be touched by exterior attacks. ~ Vernon Howard

They say that the best defense is offense, and I intend to start offending right now. ~ Captain (Star Trek) James T. Kirk

Defence is our best attack. ~ Jay Weatherill

We must take care always to keep ourselves, by suitable establishments, in a respectable defensive posture. ~ George Washington

As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it. ~ Chanakya

Self-defense is Nature’s eldest law. ~ John Dryden

My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack. ~ Ferdinand Foch

There is always more spirit in attack than in defence. ~ Livy

In politics, yesterday’s lie is attacked only to flatter today’s. ~ Jean Rostand

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion. ~ Lord Acton

I don’t think that you can let the storms of life overwhelm you. When you do that, you are no better than the craziness that caused you to be under attack. ~ T. D. Jakes

The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack. ~ Marcus Aurelius

For among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible; which is one of those disgraceful things which a prince must guard against. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Our capacity to retaliate must be, and is, massive in order to deter all forms of aggression. ~ John Foster Dulles

In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins. ~ Ulysses S. Grant

The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them. ~ Thomas Aquinas

Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. ~ B. F. Skinner

I need not fear my enemies because the most they can do is attack me. I need not fear my friends because the most they can do is betray me. But I have much to fear from people who are indifferent. ~ Russian Proverb

Attack life, it’s going to kill you anyway. ~ Steven Coallier

I try not to be proud. I try to actively attack pride. ~ Nicolas Cage

When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books, They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind. ~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Suggested readings : Logical Self-defense.

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