Revenge

The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.

To revenge a wrong is easy, usual, and natural, and, as the world thinks, savors of nobleness of mind; but religion teaches the contrary, and tells us it is better to neglect than to require it.

Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.

The fairest action of our human life is scorning to revenge an injury; for who forgives without a further strife, his adversary’s heart to him doth tie: and ‘tis a firmer conquest, truly said, to win the heart than overthrow the head.

Courage is always greatest when blended with meekness; intellectual ability is most admirable when it sparkles in the setting of a modest self-distrust; and never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.

Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it foregoes revenge, and dares to forgive an injury.

It is better to give love. Hatred is a low and degrading emotion and is so poisonous that no man is strong enough to use it safely. The hatred we think we are directing against some person or thing or system has a devilish way of turning back upon us. When we seek revenge we administer slow poison to ourselves. When we administer affection it is astonishing what magical results we obtain.

Revenge proves its own executioner.

'Tis more noble to forgive, and more manly to despise, than to revenge an injury.

The sweetest revenge is to forgive.

He who will not curb his passion, will wish that undone which his grief and resentment suggested, while he violently plies his revenge with unsated rancor. Rage is a short madness. Rule your passion, which commands, if it do not obey; do not restrain it with a bridle, and with fetters.

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance, of justice; injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.

Slander is the revenge of the coward, and dissimulation of his defense.

There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.

Injuries may be atoned for, and forgiven; but insults admit of no compensation. They degrade the mind in its own esteem, and force it to recover its level by revenge.

Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind.

Revenge is the abject pleasure of an abject mind.

Revenge is the poor delight of little minds.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

Anger is uneasiness or discomposure of the mind upon the receipt of any injury, with a present purpose of revenge.