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Defense or defence refers to the protecting of oneself or others from attack, danger, or injury, and also to many strategies, tactics or ideas used to oppose attacks of various types upon individuals or societies.


  • The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.
    • Vincent de Paul, as quoted in A Year with the Saints (1891) by Anonymous, p. 47
  • From now to the end of consciousness, we are stuck with the task of defending art. We can only quarrel with one or another means of defense. Indeed, we have an obligation to overthrow any means of defending and justifying art which becomes particularly obtuse or onerous or insensitive to contemporary needs and practices.

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