65 Self Defense Quotes To Inspire You To Be Self Reliant

Looking for quotes about self defense? We have rounded up the best collection of self defense quotes, sayings, phrases, captions, status messages, (with images and pictures) to motivate you to protect yourself and be self reliant.

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These famous quotes by great and powerful men and women including Maya Angelou, Bruce Lee, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Ronald Reagan. Learning any form of self defense like martial arts, Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, is the best way to fight against any violence and protect yourself.

These wise words about self defense and self protection is great to create awareness and to inspire you to empower you. Don’t forget to read our defend yourself quotes and sayings to enlighten you.

Self Defense Quotes

  1. “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

  2. “I read in self-defense.” – Woody Allen

  3. “Black Belt — A white belt that never quit.”

  4. “I only direct in self-defense.”- Mel Brooks

  5. “Lying is an elementary form of self defense.”

  6. “Self-defense is Nature’s eldest law.”- John Dryden

  7. “Your mind-set is your primary weapon.”- Jeff Cooper

  8. “How you train is how it will come out.” – David James

  9. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

  10. “Murder begins where self-defense ends.”- Georg Buchner

  11. “Self-defense is a life style. Always prepare, always protected.”                           
    Self Defense Quotes Images
    Self Defense Quotes Images

  12. “Self-defense is a virtue, Sole bulwark of all right.” – Lord Byron

  13. “Self defense is recovery from stupidity or bad luck.”- SGT Miller

  14. “Self-defense is not only our right; it is our duty.”- Ronald Reagan

  15. “I carry a gun because when seconds count the cops are minutes away.”

  16. “Apathy is the self-defense of the powerless.”- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

  17. “I have a self-defense mind. I’ve had it all my life.”- Conor McGregor

  18. “Everybody’s got a plan until they get smacked in the face.”- Mike. Tyson

  19. “Tomorrow’s battle is won during today’s practice.” – Samurai Maxim

  20. “A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.” – Woody Allen

  21. “Defense involves three things: courage, energy, intelligence.” – Don Meyer

  22. “Your physical safety is up to you, as it really always has been.”- Jeff Cooper                                                                                                                                                     
    Motivational Self Defense Quotes
    Motivational Self Defense Quotes

  23. “War, except in self-defense, is a failure of moral imagination.” – Bill Moyers

  24. “There isn’t any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.”- S. E. Hinton

  25. “In training self-defense there’s no cost….it’s an investment.” – Coah Michael Joyce

  26. “I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.”- Malcolm X                                                                                                                                         
    Self Defense Quotes Pictures
    Self Defense Quotes Pictures

  27. “Protecting yourself is self-defense. Protecting others is warriorship.” – Bodhi Sanders

  28. “In self-defense and in defense of the innocent, cowardice is the only sin.” – Dean Koontz

  29. “Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism.”- Joe Biden

  30. “When you shoot someone who is fleeing, it’s not self-defense. It’s an execution.” – Stephen Carter

  31. “You do not have the right to take another human’s life, unless it’s in strict self-defense.” – Michael Moore

  32. “Self-defense is the clearest of all laws; and for this reason – the lawyers didn’t make it.” – Douglas Jerrold

  33. “When it comes to self defense, it is better to have the power and not need it than to need it and not have it.”

  34. “Self defense is a short list of techniques that may get you out alive when you’re already screwed.” – SGT Miller

  35. “It is much easier and safer to scare someone into submission than to beat them into submission.” – SGT Rory Miller

  36. “Self-defense, self-confidence, discipline and self control. The values you learn are priceless.” – Rickson Gracie

  37. “Self-defense….is the only honorable course where there is unreadiness for self-immolation.” – Mahatma Gandhi
    Self Defense Sayings
    Self Defense Sayings

  38. “The principle of self defense is an American tradition that began at Lexington and Concord.” – Robert F. Williams

  39. “Feeling confident in your ability to protect yourself empowers you to live with less fear and more – FREEDOM.”

  40. “The criminal does not expect his prey to fight back. May he never choose you, but, if he does, surprise him.”- Jeff Cooper

  41. “The essential thing is to bear always in mind that trouble can appear at any time. Be aware. Be ready. Be alert.”- Jeff Cooper

  42. “It is true that a victim who fights back may suffer for it, but one who does not almost certainly will suffer for it.”- Jeff Cooper

  43. “Self-defense is a part of the law of nature; nor can it be denied the community, even against the king himself.” – William Barclay

  44. “Listening to the average martial artists talk about real world violence is like listening to ten year olds talk about sex.”- SGT. Miller

  45. “Self-defense is not just a set of techniques; it’s a state of mind, and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending.”- Rorion Gracie

  46. “The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals.”- James Monroe

  47. “The principle of self-defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.                                         
    Famous Self Defense Quotes
    Famous Self Defense Quotes

  48. “Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.” – George Orwell

  49. “[Self-defense is] justly called the primary law of nature, so it is not, neither can it be in fact, taken away by the laws of society.”- William Blackstone

  50. “Let your attacker worry about his life. Don’t hold back. Strike no more after he is incapable of further action, but see that he is stopped.”- Jeff Cooper

  51. “There’s only one basic principle of self-defense- you must apply the most effective weapon, as soon as possible, to the most vulnerable target.”- Bruce Lee                                                                                                                                               
    Self Defense Quotes Bruce Lee
    Self Defense Quotes Bruce Lee

  52. “It is high time for society to stop worrying about the criminal, and to let the criminal start worrying about society. And by “society” I mean you.”- Jeff Cooper

  53. “Bullying is always going to be a thing. Stop wrapping your kids in cotton wool, teach them to stand up and defend themselves and stop raising a society of victims.”

  54. “The Second Amendment does protect the right to people to possess weapons for self-defense in the home. That’s what the Supreme Court said.” – Laurence Tribe

  55. “A man strikes you, make him bleed. He makes you bleed, you break his bones. He breaks your bones, kill him. Being hit is inevitable, strike back twice as hard.” – Bruce Lee

  56. “Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.”- Saint Augustine

  57. “The two most important things to do for self-defense are not to take a martial arts class or get a gun, but to think like the opposition and know where you’re most at risk.” – Barry Eisler

  58. “For every idealistic peacemaker willing to renounce his self-defense in favor of a weapons-free world, there is at least one warmaker anxious to exploit the other’s good intentions.” – Margaret Thatcher

  59. “I am never proud to participate in violence, yet I know that each of us must care enough for ourselves that we can be ready and able to come to our own defense when and wherever needed.”- Maya Angelou

  60. “Real schools ought to provide people with techniques of self-defense, but that would mean teaching the truth about the world and about the society, and schools couldn’t survive very long if they did that.”- Noam Chomsky

  61. “The right of self defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals, and whether the attack be made by Spain herself or by those who abuse her power, its obligation is not the less strong.” – James Monroe

  62. “Our nation was built and civilized by men and women who used guns in self-defense and in pursuit of peace. One wonders indeed, if the rising crime rate, isn’t due as much as anything to the criminal’s instinctive knowledge that the average victim no longer has means of self-protection.”- Ronald Reagan                                                                                                                                   
    Women's Self Defense Quotes
    Women’s Self Defense Quotes

  63. “Self-defense is so important to know in today’s society. It’s not just that you might get mugged. It’s more for confidence. It’s the way you hold yourself when you walk into a room. Every step you take is more sure and you’re much more aware of your surroundings. So, I think it’s a really important thing – especially for women.”- Milla Jovovich

  64. “Though violence is not lawful, when it is offered in self-defense or for the defense of the defenseless, it is an act of bravery far better than cowardly submission. The latter befits neither man nor woman. Under violence, there are many stages and varieties of bravery. Every man must judge this for himself. No other person can or has the right.”- Mahatma Gandhi

  65. “The first right of every human being is the right of self-defense. Without that right, all other rights are meaningless. The right of self-defense is not something the government bestows upon its citizens. It is an inalienable right, older than the Constitution itself. It existed prior to government and prior to the social contract of our Constitution.”- Larry

  66. Luke 11:21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own mansion, his property is safe.” – Self Defense Quote From The Bible


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