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What are the best things ever said about revenge?

1. Revenge Is Primitive, Barbarous, and Savage. That is, there’s something not quite civilized about it. And it really can’t be validated as either ethical or sensible—at least not for individuals who wish to see themselves as cultivated or evolved enough not to “act out” feelings of animosity and risk making a bad situation worse. For to violate the golden rule and blindly follow one’s own boorish impulses isn’t anything to be proud of. Take, for example, the first (“unenlightened”) quote below: 

I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat. ― Muhammad Ali [To me, this quote suggests the adolescent mentality of someone who believes that revenge is somehow synonymous with personal honor and self-respect (and dangerously confuses revenge with justice). To kill your adversary’s innocent pet just to “get even” with him for slaying your own merely supports the dysfunctional belief that two wrongs make a right. Clearly, they don’t: The second wrong only exacerbates an already bad situation, significantly subverting your own humanity in the process.]

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

[And consider the vicious sadism of this hyperbolically (ludicrously?!) vengeful curse]: May the fleas of a thousand camels invade the crotch of the person that ruins your day. And may their arms be to short too scratch. — Keisha Keenleyside

Christian ethics demand that you should not take revenge. The paradox is, naturally, that Christians worship a God who is the greatest avenger of them all. Defy him and you burn in eternal hell, an act of revenge which is completely out of proportion to the crime. — Jo Nesbø

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. — George Washington


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