I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908, whether he should have used his physical force which could and wanted to use, and defend me, I told him it was his duty to defend me even by using violence.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Aug. 11, 1920
quoted in Louis Fischer(editor) The Essential Gandhi