The war in which violence endeavours to crush truth
is a strange and a long one.
All the efforts of violence
cannot weaken truth,
but only serve to exalt it the more.
The light of truth can do nothing to arrest violence;
nay, it serves to provoke it still more.
When force opposes force,
the more powerful destroys the less;
when words are opposed to words,
those which are true
and convincing destroy
and scatter those which are vain and false;
but violence and truth
can do nothing against each other.
Yet, let no one imagine
that things are equal between them;
for there is this final difference,
that the course of violence
is limited by the ordinance of God,
who directs its workings
to the glory of the truth,
which it attacks;
whereas truth subsists eternally,
and triumphs finally over its enemies,
because it is eternal,
like God Himself.
(J S 1905)