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Chief Luther Standing Bear

The pressure that has been brought to bear upon the native people, since the cessation of armed conflict, in the attempt to force conformity of custom and habit has caused a reaction more destructive than war, and the injury has not only affected the Indian, but has extended to the white population as well. Tyranny, stupidity, and lack of vision have brought about the situation now alluded to as the “Indian Problem.”

Conformity | Custom | Force | Habit | People | Stupidity | Tyranny | Vision | War |

Francis Beaumont

It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.

Argument | Silence |

Frances Wright, known as Fanny Wright

Do we exert our own liberties without injury to others - we exert them justly; do we exert them at the expense of others - unjustly. And, in thus doing, we step from the sure platform of liberty upon the uncertain threshold of tyranny.

Liberty |

Saint Isaac of Nineveh, also Isaac the Syrian, Isaac of Qatar and Isaac Syrus NULL

What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow in any in creation. For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of the truth, and for those who harm her or him, that they be protected and receive mercy.

Harm | Heart | Mercy | Prayer | Receive | Sorrow | Tears |

John Locke

If any man err from the right way, it is his own misfortune, no injury to thee; nor therefore art thou to punish him in the things of this life because thou supposest he will be miserable in that which is to come.

Art | Life | Life | Man | Right | Will | Art |

Joseph Gerrald

True religion, like all free governments, appeals to the understanding for its support, and not to the sword. All systems, whether civil or moral, can only be durable in proportion as they are founded on truth and calculated to promote the good of mankind. This will account to us why governments suited to the great energies of man have always outlived the perishable things which despotism has erected. Yes, this will account to us why the stream of Time, which is continually washing away the dissoluble fabrics of superstitions and impostures, passes without injury by the adamant of Christianity.

Good | Man | Truth | Understanding | Will |

Lao Tzu, ne Li Urh, also Laotse, Lao Tse, Lao Tse, Lao Zi, Laozi, Lao Zi, La-tsze

Acting without design, occupying oneself without making a business of it, finding the great in what is small and the many in the few, repaying injury with kindness, effecting difficult things while they are easy, and managing great things in their beginnings: this is the method of Tao.

Business | Method | Business |

Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals [animal food].

Abstinence | Man |

Livy, formally Titus Livius, aka Titus Livy NULL

The injury done to character is greater than can be estimated.

Character |

Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears

Sense |

Morihei Ueshiba

To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is Aikido.

Aggression | Control |

Nāgārjuna, fully Acharya Nāgārjuna NULL

Even if the son of his enemy speaks sweetly, the wise man remains on guard. A poisonous leaf retains its potency, and can cause injury at any time.

Cause | Enemy | Man | Wise |

Niccolò Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.

Man | Need | Vengeance |

Nellie McClung

The economic dependence of women is perhaps the greatest injustice that has been done to us, and has worked the greatest injury to the race.

Dependence | Injustice | Injustice |

Niccolò Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.

Fear | Man |

Patañjali NULL

Where the heart is full of kindness which seeks no injury to another, either in act or thought or wish, this full love creates an atmosphere of harmony, whose benign power touches with healing all who come within its influence. Peace in the heart radiates peace to other hearts, even more surely than contention breeds contention.

Contention | Heart | Kindness | Love | Peace | Power | Thought | Thought |