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

There are some professed Christians who would gladly burn their enemies, but yet who forgive them merely because it is heaping coals of fire on their heads.
      - Francis Alexander Durivage

To work a fell revenge a man's a fool, if not instructed in a woman's school.
      - John William Fletcher

'Tis more noble to forgive, and more manly to despise, than to revenge an Injury.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.
      - Paul Gauguin

Revenge is profitable.
      - Edward Gibbon,
        Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (ch. XI)

The odds are against getting even with people because the odds are they'll get even with you.
      - Robert Half

Revenge commonly hurts both the offerer and sufferer; as we see in a foolish bee, which in her anger invenometh the flesh and loseth her sting, and so lives a drone ever after.
      - Joseph Hall

The indulgence of revenge tends to make men more savage and cruel.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

It [revenge] is sweeter far than flowing honey.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (XVIII, 109)

Behold, on wrong
  Swift vengeance waits; and art subdues the strong.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. VIII, l. 367), (Pope's translation)

Nothing is more ruinous for a man than when he is mighty enough in any part to right himself without right.
      - Hermann Jacobi

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance, of justice: injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Revenge, we find, the abject pleasure of an abject mind.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Revenge is sweeter than life itself. So think fools.
  [Lat., At vindicta bonum vita jucundius ipsa nempe hoc indocti.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 180)

Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind.
  [Lat., Semper et infirmi est animi exiguique voluptas Ultio.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 189)

No one rejoices more in revenge than woman.
  [Lat., Vindicta
    Nemo magis gaudet quam foemina.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 191)

It is through madness that we hate an enemy, and think of revenging ourselves; and it is through indolence that we are appeased, and do not revenge ourselves.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

'Tis sweet to love; but when with scorn we meet,
  Revenge supplies the loss with joys as great.
      - George Lansdowne

While you are meditating revenge, the devil is meditating a recruit.
      - Francois de Malherbe

Revenge, that thirsty dropsy of our souls, makes us covet that which hurts us most.
      - Philip Massinger

Which, if not victory, is yet revenge.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 105)

Revenge, at first though sweet,
  Bitter ere long back on itself recoils.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 171)

I will not leave you until I have seen you hanged.
  [Fr., Je ne te quitterai point que je ne t'aie vu pendu.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Le Medecin Malgre Lui (III, 9)

One sole desire, one passion now remains
  To keep life's fever still within his veins,
    Vengeance! dire vengeance on the wretch who cast
      O'er him and all he lov'd that ruinous blast.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan

If you are affronted, it is better to pass it by in silence, or with a jest, though with some dishonor, than to endeavor revenge. If you can keep reason above passion, that and watchfulness will be your best defendants.
      - Sir Isaac Newton

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