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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.


  1. “When a man is penalized for honesty he learns to lie.” ― Criss Jami
  2. “People can have their opinions about everything in the world, but people’s opinions end where the tip of my nose begins. Your opinions of others can only go so far as to where their own shoreline is. The world is for your taking, but other people are not. One is only allowed to have an opinion of me, if that person is done educating him/herself on everything about me. Before people educate themselves on everything about you, they’re not allowed to open their venomous mouthes and have an opinion about you.” ― C. JoyBell C.
  3. “Beautiful girls should know how to defend themselves against the advances of gentlemen.” ― Cassandra Clare
  4. “A woman who goes around wearing a knife is obviously looking for trouble.” She reached deep into her pocket and brought out a long, slender piece of metal, glittering all along one edge. “However a woman who carries a knife is ready for trouble. Generally speaking, it’s easier to appear harmless. It’s less trouble all around.” ― Patrick Rothfuss
  5. “Emotional self-defense… When you set healthier relationship standards in your life, some people will take it personally. That’s their issue, not yours. The distance isn’t against them; it’s for you. It’s a boundary, not a grudge.” ― Steve Maraboli
  6. “First rule of self-defense is: Don’t ask your attacker for validation.” ― Barbara Dee
  7. “You had a good dinner of properly fried food, and if you want to live long enough to have another one, you’ve got to weaponize properly.” ― Dean Koontz
  8. “I am not all sneers and scathings, you see, I have my gentler side.” ― John Banville
  9. “The one thing that will help in almost any New York City situation is to simply appear crazier than anyone else around.” ― A.D. Aliwat
  10. “For an animal to attack you, you must smell or look either dangerous, or delicious, or at least nutritious.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  11. “It is happy to be happy in war than seeking for happiness through peace without freedom.” ― Kangoma Kindembo
  12. “Guns are a necessary tool designed to help your people avoid a repeat of history.” ― A.E. Samaan
  13. “Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli
  14. “When we talk about violence, we do not always talk about death, I said. Sometimes violence can mean the difference between life and death. The difference between waiting for someone’s help and continuing to suffer abuse, and helping yourself when you most need it.” ― Tanaz Bhathena
  15. “As if they could not believe a black person would dare to defend herself. It’s as if they expect us to just give up without a fight, to let them kill us, as if this is their right.” ― Zetta Elliott
  16. “Do NO harm (but take NO shit).” ― Dana Gore
  17. “If you want to win, you show some skin.” ― Erran Morad
  18. “I only direct in self-defense.” ― Mel Brooks
  19. “I am learning self-defense techniques.” ― Soha Ali Khan
  20. “I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.” ― Malcolm X
  21. “The Black Panther party of Self-Defense is a revolutionary party.” ― Bobby Seale
  22. “In silence – and in self-defense – I figured things out in my own little way.” ― Loretta Young
  23. “Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism.” ― Joe Biden
  24. “I have a self-defense mind. I’ve had it all my life.” ― Conor McGregor
  25. “I learned the technology and tradecraft of electronic security in self defense, with a lot of expert help.” ― Barton Gellman
  26. “You do not have the right to take another human’s life, unless it’s in strict self-defense.” ― Michael Moore
  27. “I’m studying Krav Maga, which is an Israeli form of self defense. It’s very deadly and without rules.” ― Rupert Friend
  28. “The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.
  29. “The world is a scary place. Even my mother has suggested I take a self defense class.” ― Iliza Shlesinger
  30. “I actually take karate and tae-kwon-do. And so I love sparring and grappling and all that physical stuff. I studied a hybrid form of grappling, sparring, and self defense; it’s more of a ‘get yourself in shape,’ and if you want to take it to the next level, so you’re really learning valuable skills with self defense, and I really enjoy it.” ― Daniella Alonso
  31. “Gracie Jiu Jitsu is the most complete art of self defense there is out there. You don’t have to be strong. You don’t have to be fast.” ― Royce Gracie
  32. “I strongly believe that the Second Amendment creates an individual right to possess and use guns for purposes of both hunting and self-defense.” ― Cass Sunstein
  33. “Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self-defense; of punishing injustice? ” ― Frederic Bastiat
  34. “We should enable the private sector to engage in self-defense in the cyber world like we do in the physical world.” ― Dmitri Alperovitch
  35. “My father was the first person to introduce me to self-defense and martial arts, which I’ve been doing all my life now.” ― Joe R. Lansdale
  36. “I became a dancer in self-defense. I was doing a comedy monologue and didn’t know how else to get off, so I danced off. I’ve been dancing ever since, but I’m still a comedian.” ― Ray Bolger
  37. “For the longest time, my older brother told me he was teaching me self-defense, but now that I’m grown up, I realize he was just practicing his martial arts on me.” ― Olga Fonda
  38. “Keep a journal, and learn how to see how you as an individuals sees information so you can learn your own sign language. Meditate and practice psychic self defense and surrounding yourself with prayer.” ― John Edward
  39. “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
  40. “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


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