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Interesting Quotes About Revenge, Anger and Self-Destruction

Updated on April 8, 2013

Interesting Quotes About Revenge - But Not Necessarily Inspirational

My interest in putting together a list of quotes about revenge was for one reason and one reason only - as a writer I needed some for an intro to my book. Virtually all writers, regardless of the types of stories they write, deals with the theme of revenge or anger at one point or another in their careers. Such quotes are not always the easiest to find, but those of us who are looking for them appreciate articles like this. I've decided to share a few of my personal favorites with you. I hope you find them useful and they make your characters come alive for the reader.

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FEAR AND BULLETS. ~J. O’Barr (The Crow)

2-The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. ~William Blake

3-Follow me if I advance! Kill me if I retreat! Revenge me if I die! ~Ngo Dinh Diem

4-In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer. ~Mark Twain

5-If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size? ~Sydney J. Harris

6-Never strike your wife – even with a flower. ~Hindu Proverb

7-It’s important for people to keep in mind that while anger is a feeling that everybody has, aggression is a choice. ~Carole D. Stovall

8-Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind. ~Juvenal

9-Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend. ~Agatha Christie

10-An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind. ~Mahatma Gandhi

11-Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die. ~Malachy McCourt

12-The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn’t angry enough. ~Bede Jarrett

13-When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred. ~Thomas Jefferson

14-The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk. ~Jacqueline Schiff

15-In human history, the desire for revenge and the desire for loot have often been closely associated. ~John McCarthy

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16-Revenge is a dish best served cold. ~Juvenal

17-Too much mercy… often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second. ~Agatha Christie

18-When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her. ~Sacha Guitry

19-No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. ~George Jean Nathan

20-Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath. ~Eckhart Tolle

21-Anger is the resentment of the animal, and gentle blood alone makes the gentleman. ~Amos Bronson Alcott

22-I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me. ~Dr. Seuss

23-A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life. ~Christopher Morley

24-At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled. ~Marshall B. Rosenberg

25-If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge? ~William Shakespeare

26-A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well. ~Francis Bacon, Sr.

27-Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge. ~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

28-Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry. ~Lyman Abbott

29-To take revenge halfheartedly is to court disaster; either condemn or crown you hatred. ~Pierre Corneille

30-Resentment is an extremely bitter diet, and eventually poisonous. I have no desire to make my own toxins. ~Neil Kinnock


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31-Murder's out of tune, and sweet revenge grows harsh. ~William Shakespeare

32-Revenge is for children and the emotionally retarded. ~Frank Herbert

33-Serial killing is not about sex at all, but about power and control and revenge on society. ~Pat Brown

34-How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. ~Wayne Dyer

35-Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. ~Ovid

36-Anger is short lived madness. ~Horace

37-Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim. ~Emile M. Cioran

38-Revenge is barren of itself; it is the dreadful food it feeds on; its delight is murder, and its end is despair. ~Friedrich Schiller

39-Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged. ~Dr. Samuel Johnson

40-Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. ~Mark Twain

41-Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges. ~William Shakespeare

42-Whatever we do lays a seed in our deepest consciousness, and one day that seed will grow. ~Sakyong Mipham

43-I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you. ~Genghis Khan

44-In revenge and in love woman is more barbaric than man is. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

45-Revenge is private and personal, and so readily gets out of hand. ~Ernest Lucas


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46-People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance. ~Niccolo Machiavelli

47-Every murder turns on a bright hot light, and a lot of people... have to walk out of the shadows. ~Albert Maltz

48-When nobody will look at you, you can stare a hole in them. Picking out all the little details you'd never stare long enough to get if she'd ever just return your gaze, this, this is your revenge. ~Chuck Palahniuk

49-All my movies, like revenge, are under two hours. ~Tony Scott the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. ~Herman Melville, Moby Dick

51-Vengeance is just:

Justly we rid the earth of human fiends

Who carry hell for pattern in their souls.

But in high vengeance there is noble scorn:

It tortures not the torturer, nor gives

Iniquitous payment for iniquity.

The great avenging angel does not crawl

To kill the serpent with a mimic fang;

He stands erect, with sword of keenest edge

That slays like lightning. ~George Eliot, The Spanish Gypsy

52-Meekness: Uncommon patience in planning a revenge that is worth while. ~Ambrose Bierce


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