I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
— John Muir

The system wears a mask of civility, yet will quickly reveal its true nature in the form of raw, unadulterated and magnificently-purposed force of violence when needed to suppress any threat to its true grip of absolute control.
Bryant H. McGill grip quote

It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built. These values imply our adherence not only to liberty and individual freedom, but also to international peace, law and order, and constructive social purpose. When we depart from these values, we do so at our peril.
— J. William Fulbright

You enter a state of controlled passivity, you relax your grip and accept that even if your declared intention is to justify the ways of God to man, you might end up interesting your readers rather more in Satan.
— Ian McEwan

Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip.
— Barbara Tuchman