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Foundation

Foundation

by Isaac Asimov

Violence Quotes Page 1

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Quote #1

[…] Haut Rodric monopolized the conversation by describing—in minute technical detail and with incredible zest—his own exploits as battalion head during the recent war between Anacreon and the neighboring newly proclaimed Kingdom of Smyrno. (II.2.22)

Notice how Asimov doesn't go into the details about the recent war, though they are in "technical detail." That's because violence isn't important to the novel. The novel focuses instead on the inner politics and decision-making going on behind the space battles. (With that said, we wouldn't have said no to a good space chase scene.)

Quote #2

"Stop the bribes immediately and while you can. Spend your effort in strengthening Terminus itself—and attack first!" (III.1.51)

Whenever anybody says something like this in Foundation, you know you're not supposed to be rooting for him. Like Sermak, the guy who makes these friendly remarks—and we all remember what happened to him. (Right? You guys did read the book—or at least the summary?)

Quote #3

Sermak's lips twitched. "It says: 'Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.' That's an old man's doctrine, Mr. Mayor." (III.1.56)

Not old man, Sermak—learned man. You seemed to have mixed the two up, but we'll let it slide this time.

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