A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
—Mignon McLaughlin (1913–83) American Journalist, Author
He who would be free must strike the first blow.
—Frederick Douglass (1817–95) American Abolitionist, Author, Editor, Diplomat, Political leader
Self-defense is the clearest of all laws, and for this reason: lawyers didn’t make it.
—Douglas William Jerrold (1803–57) English Writer, Dramatist, Wit
Right is its own defense.
—Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) German Poet, Playwright, Theater Personality
There is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
—Joseph Addison (1672–1719) English Essayist, Poet, Playwright, Politician
Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.
—Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773) English Statesman, Man of Letters
The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.
—William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925–2008) American TV Personality, Author
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.
—Malcolm X (1925–65) American Civil Rights Leader
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