Category Archives: AGGRESSION

Let no man turn aside, ever so slightly, from the broad path of honour, on the plausible pretence that he is justified by the goodness of his end. All good ends can be worked out by good means. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

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And yet,’ said the locksmith, softening under this soothing process, and stopping to smile, ‘it MAY be nothing. Any drunken brawler trying to make his way into the house, would have alarmed a quiet soul like her. But then’—and here was the vexation—’how came it to be that man; how comes he to have this influence over her; how came she to favour his getting away from me; and, more than all, how came she not to say it was a sudden fright, and nothing more? It’s a sad thing to have, in one minute, reason to mistrust a person I have known so long, and an old sweetheart into the bargain; but what else can I do, with all this upon my mind!

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. Christopher Morley (Journalist, 1890-1957)

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Then someone else was interested to know just what he got,
How many kanga-bloody-roos he went and bloody shot,
And the shooting bloke says “Things are crook –
the drought’s too bloody tough.
I got forty-two by seven, and that’s good e-bloody-nough.”

And, as this polite rejoinder seemed to satisfy the mob,
Everyone stopped listening and got on with the job,
Which was drinkin’ beer, and arguin’, and talkin’ of the heat,
Of boggin’ in the bitumen in the middle of the street,
But as for me, I’m here to say the interesting piece of news
Was Tumba-bloody-rumba shootin’ kanga bloody-roos.

John Patrick O’Grady  9.10.1907 – 1981  (aka Nino Culotta)

As the air to a bird of the sea to a fish, so is contempt to the contemptible.


I’ve just killed a mulloway –
it’s eighty five pounds, twenty years old –
the huge mauve-silver body trembles in the hull.

(Adamson 2001)

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Each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality, tragically divided against ourselves.

~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

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“There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Do you always try to kill people when they blow their nose? Rick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse



“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

Roald Dahl

The 1930s, Kennedy said, ‘taught us a clear lesson; aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war

― John F. Kennedy

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“Courage is often associated with aggression, but instead should be seen as a willingness to act from the heart.”

Donna Quesada, The Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers

There is no gesture more devastating than the back turning away.”

― Rachel Simmons, Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls


“We are only just beginning to understand the power of love because we are just beginning to understand the weakness of force and aggression.”

B.F. Skinner, Walden Two

Much hostile and aggressive behaviour among animals is the expression of social insecurity.”

― Yann Martel, Life of Pi


“It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the
addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour.”

Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction