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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)

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

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

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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