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[ Also see Anger Cruelty Enemies Evil Forgiveness Hatred Injury Malice Murder Passion Punishment Resentment Retaliation Retribution Vengeance ]

Revenge, the attribute of gods! they stamped it with their great image on our natures.
      - Thomas Otway

Not to be provoked is best; but if moved, never correct till the fume is spent; for every stroke our fury strikes is sure to hit ourselves at last.
      - William Penn

Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt.
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

Those who plot the destruction of others often fall themselves.
  [Lat., Saepe intereunt aliis meditantes necem.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia),
        Fables--Appendix (VI, 11)

The best manner of avenging ourselves is by not resembling him who has injured us; and it is hardly possible for one man to be more unlike another than he that forbears to avenge himself of wrong is to him who did the wrong.
      - Jane Porter

He is below himself that is not above an injury.
      - Francis Quarles

All the old knives
  That have rusted in my back, I drive in yours.
      - Adrienne Rich

Revenge is barren of itself; itself is the dreadful food it feeds on; its delight is murder, and its saiety, despair.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

'Tis an old tale, and often told;
  But did my fate and wish agree,
    Ne'er had been read, in story old,
      Of maiden true betray'd for gold,
        That loved, or was avenged, like me!
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto II, st. 27)

Vengeance to God alone belongs;
  But, when I think of all my wrongs
    My blood is liquid flame!
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto Vi, st. 7)

Revenge is an inhuman word.
  [Lat., Inhumanum verbum est ultio.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), De Ira
         (II, 31)

Had all his hairs been lives, my great revenge had stomach for them all.
      - William Shakespeare

Haste me to know it; that I with wings as swift as meditation, or the thoughts of love, may sweep to my revenge.
      - William Shakespeare

It is a quarrel most unnatural,
  To be reveng'd on him that loveth thee.
      - William Shakespeare

O, that the slave had forty thousand lives;
  One is too poor, too weak for my revenge.
      - William Shakespeare

Pleasure and revenge
  Have ears more deaf than adders to the voice
    Of any true decision.
      - William Shakespeare

The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.
      - William Shakespeare

To hell, allegiance! vows, to the blackest devil!
  Conscience, and grace, to the profoundest pit!
    I dare damnation: To this point I stand,--
      That both the worlds I give to negligence,
        Let come what comes; only I'll be reveng'd.
      - William Shakespeare

To revenge is no valor, but to bear.
      - William Shakespeare

And where the offense is, let the great axe fall.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark (King at IV, v)

If I can catch him once upon the hip,
  I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at I, ii)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at III, i)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Now, infidel, I have you on the hip!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Gratiano at IV, i)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand,
  Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.
      - William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
         (Aaron at II, iii)

There is no passion of the human heart that promises so much and pays so little as revenge.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

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