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Revenge

  • ... the only revenge worth having is success.

  • Seeking revenge: what a lack of foresight.

    • Natalie Clifford Barney,
    • "Scatterings" (1910), in Anna Livia, ed., A Perilous Advantage: The Best of Natalie Clifford Barney
  • Revenge leads to an empty fullness, like eating dirt.

  • ... hurting other people is not excusable because you've been hurt yourself.

  • How many are the pains of those who hunger for revenge! They gnaw away at themselves constantly, and they have killed themselves even before they kill their enemies ...

  • ... he asked no better revenge than a reply — and arrayed in his own mind a whole battalion of arguments, and a light armed troop of sneers.

  • Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its afterflavor, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned.

  • Revenge was a very wild kind of justice ...

  • ... we contrive to make revenge itself look like religion. We call down thunder on many a head under pretence, that those on whom we invoke it are God's enemies, when perhaps we invoke it because they are ours.

    • Hannah More,
    • "On the Sufferings of Good Men," Practical Piety ()
  • The whole human race loses by every act of personal vengeance.

  • Revenge may not be a particularly higher consciousness-oriented activity.

  • Justice is a principle, vengeance a passion.

  • In taking revenge upon our enemies, we are only even with them; in passing over their malice we are superior.

  • Vengeance does not subtract any numbers from the equation of murder; it only adds them.

  • ... you know that the urge for revenge is a fact of marital life.

  • Don't just get mad, try a little creative revenge ... Creative revenge ... allows you to get even — to extract some satisfactory justice — when you are wronged, but lets you do it with a sense of humor, not boiling malice.

  • She was one of those women who used their charge accounts for retaliation. With each crisis in their deteriorating relationship, Grorley noted gloomily, Eunice's wardrobe had improved.

    • Hortense Calisher,
    • "A Christmas Carillon," The Collected Stories of Hortense Calisher ()
  • An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.

  • It would seem that in history it's never a tooth for a tooth, but a thousand, a hundred thousand for one.

  • There are also moments, Imperial Highness, when the ultimate revenge is inaction.

  • ... one ingredient of revenge is always pride.

  • Revenge is so much more satisfying than regret.

  • Payback, even when it's accident, brings joy.

  • The best manner of avenging ourselves, is by not resembling him who has injured us.

    • Jane Porter,
    • in Philip Sidney and Jane Porter, Aphorisms of Sir Philip Sidney, With Remarks by Miss Porter ()
  • People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.

  • My whole career has been an act of revenge.

  • Success is the best revenge.

  • To forget a wrong is the best revenge.

  • You do not know how the people of this country bear malice. It is the boast of some of them that they can keep a stone in their pocket seven years, turn it at the end of that time, keep it seven years longer, and hurl it and hit their mark 'at last.'