Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.
—Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773) English Statesman, Man of Letters
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.
—Malcolm X (1925–65) American Civil Rights Leader
A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
—Mignon McLaughlin (1913–83) American Journalist, Author
Strength lies not in defense but in attack.
—Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) Nazi Leader, Chancellor of Germany
Right is its own defense.
—Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) German Poet, Playwright, Theater Personality
The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.
—William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925–2008) American TV Personality, Author
A funeral eulogy is a belated plea for the defense delivered after the evidence is all in.
—Irvin S. Cobb (1876–1944) American Humorist, Short Story Writer, Columnist
There is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
—Joseph Addison (1672–1719) English Essayist, Poet, Playwright, Politician
He who would be free must strike the first blow.
—Frederick Douglass (1817–95) American Abolitionist, Author, Editor, Diplomat, Political leader