It's just too easy to blow somebody up. Non-lethal combat is far more challenging.
— Trestkon, The Nameless Mod
I will not shed the blood of children and women, but if they starve, my hands are clean.
— Eeluk, Wolf of the Plains
Aang: But you didn't really kill Chin! Technically, he fell to his own doom because he was too stubborn to get out of the way.
Kyoshi: Personally, I don't really see the difference.
PACIFIST CRUSH! KINDNESS TO ALL MANKIND KICK!
"Actually, Spirit Father, they don't seem to be killing anyone. They're just beating the crap out of us."
"The thing is, Sims was not playing. She did understand the situation, just as well as I did. But she still took those oaths, she was still serious about them, deadly serious, and there is nothing so dangerous as an enemy who leaves themselves so few limitations.... They will go right to the limit of their oaths, if the situation calls for it. Sims and Caeghlin didn't kill anyone when they destroyed Willan's Olympus Mons facility, but the crater that used to be a volcano is still visible from Homeworld with an amateur's telescope."
"You know, for a man who abhors violence, I took great satisfaction in doing that."
— The Third Doctor, observing the remains of a Dalek
"Weapons. Always useless in the end."
— The Seventh Doctor, after brutally smashing some Dalek tech with a baseball bat
"It's not like I'm an innocent. I've taken lives. I got worse; I got clever. Manipulated people into taking their own."
— The (very anti-gun) Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who
Nick Fury: I thought this guy was a pacifist!
Thor: (grinning) A pacifist with a big, scary hammer.
John Hancock: Mr. Franklin, where do you stand on the war issue?
Benjamin Franklin: I believe that if we are to form a new country, we cannot be a country that appears war-hungry and violent to the rest of the world. However, we also cannot be a country that appears weak and unwilling to fight to the rest of the world. So, what if we form a country that appears to want both?
Thomas Jefferson: Yes. Yes, of course. We go to war, and protest going to war at the same time.
John Dickinson: Right. If the people of our new country are allowed to do whatever they wish, then some will support the war and some will protest it.
Benjamin Franklin: And that means that as a nation, we could go to war with whomever we wished, but at the same time, act like we didn't want to. If we allow the people to protest what the government does, then the country will be forever blameless.
John Adams: (holding a slice of chocolate cake) It's like having your cake, and eating it, too.
Congressman: Think of it: an entire nation founded on saying one thing and doing another.
John Hancock: And we will call that country the United States of America.
— South Park, "I'm a Little Bit Country"
Tesla:: Should an intense young man and a wild-eyed gentleman ever approach you and mention the word "Tunguska", I want you to shoot them. Promise me.
Robo: But, Mr. Tesla, you're a pacifist.
Tesla: Yes, Robo. But you are not.
The Sorrow: Now you will know the sorrow of those whose lives you have ended.
The Sorrow: Don't tell me-
Decoy Octopus: Never. Not one single person.
The Sorrow: Really? That is... truly impressive.
Decoy Octopus: I'm a disguise artist. Subtlety and avoiding confrontation are my thing. Of course, just associating with Ocelot and Mantis makes me implicitly guilty of genocide.
The Sorrow: This test clearly does not work anymore.
"I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace."
— Albert Einstein
"Here is a man who lives by a very honorable belief system and does not waver from his beliefs. We have many “peaceful warriors” but most of them are hypocrites. A big example would be Billy Jack. Billy Jack is a man who spouts non-stop that pacifism and non-violence is the ONLY answer yet he constantly breaks his own belief system and picks fights with people. He doesn’t practice what he preaches. In this movie, [Chiwetel Ejiofor] follows his ethics, he remains honorable, and that is the REAL victory. I thought the movie would take a cheap way out in the ending and I admired the fact they went another way. Now the ending may not be…how they say…realistic. But it was very satisfying."