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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1891
AUTHOR: William Orville Douglas (1898–1980)
QUOTATION: Violence has no constitutional sanction; and every government from the beginning has moved against it. But where grievances pile high and most of the elected spokesmen represent the Establishment, violence may be the only effective response.
ATTRIBUTION: Justice WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS, Points of Rebellion, pp. 88–89 (1970).
SUBJECTS: Violence