Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers, which are always repulsed by the anvil.
— Claude Adrien Helvetius

With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.
G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg repulsed quote

Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, -- but it returneth.
— Percy Bysshe Shelley

Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
— Claude A. Helvetius

So, in the infinitely nobler battle in which you are engaged against error and wrong, if ever repulsed or stricken down, may you always be solaced and cheered by the exulting cry of triumph over some abuse in Church or State, some vice or folly in society, some false opinion or cruelty or guilt which you have overcome! And I beseech you to treasure up in your hearts these my parting words: Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
— repulsed quotation by Horace Mann