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

Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

A readiness to resent injuries is a virtue only in those who are slow to injure.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

He that thinks he shows boldness or height of mind by a scurrilous reply to a scurrilous provocation measures himself by a false standard, and acts not the spirit of a man, but the spleen of a wasp.
      - Bishop Robert South

If anything can legalize revenge, it should be injury from an extremely obliged person; but revenge is so absolutely the peculiar of heaven that no consideration whatever can empower even the best men to assume the execution of it.
      - Bishop Robert South

In one consort there sat cruel revenge and rancorous despite, disloyal treason and heart-burning hate.
      - Edmund Spenser

No man ever did me so much good, or enemy so much harm, but I repaid him with interest.
      - Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Neither is it safe to count upon the weakness of any man's understanding, who is thoroughly possessed of the spirit of revenge to sharpen his invention.
      - Jonathan Swift

The malevolent have hidden teeth.
  [Lat., Malevolus animus abditos dentes habet.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Laying aside his resentment, he stores it up to bring it forward with increased bitterness.
  [Lat., Odia in longum jaciens, quae reconderet, auctaque promeret.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (I, 69)

A pure and simple revenge does in no way restore man towards the felicity which the injury did interrupt; for revenge is but doing a simple evil, and does not, in its formality, imply reparation.
      - Jeremy Taylor

All the ends of human felicity are secured without revenge, for without it we are permitted to restore ourselves; and therefore it is against natural reason to do an evil that no way co-operates the proper and perfective end of human nature. And he is a miserable person, whose good is the evil of his neighbor; and he that revenges in many cases does worse than he that did the injury; in all cases as bad.
      - Jeremy Taylor

On him that takes revenge revenge shall be taken, and by a real evil he shall dearly pay for the goods that are but airy and fantastical; it is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Honour hath her degrees: there is excess
  In all revenge, that may be done with less.
      - Unknown

The vengeful thought that has root merely in the mind is but a dream of idlest sort which one clear day will dissipate; while revenge, the passion, is a disease of the heart which climbs up, up to the brain, and feeds itself on both alike.
      - Lewis (Lew) Wallace

Why revenge an enemy when you can outwit him?
      - Xolotl

What is revenge but courage to call in our honor's debts, and wisdom to convert others' self-love into our own protection?
      - Edward Young

Souls made of fire and children of the sun,
  With whom Revenge is virtue.
      - Edward Young, The Revenge (act V)

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