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The Best Quotes About Revenge

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A list of the best revenge quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous revenge quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic revenge quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational revenge quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about revenge?" and "What are inspirational revenge quotes?"

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    Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

    Confucius
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    You'll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.

    Lou Holtz
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    An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

    Mahatma Gandhi
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    Revenge is sweet and not fattening. (Alfred Hitchcock)

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    Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.

    William Shakespeare
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    While seeking revenge, dig two graves -- one for yourself.

    Doug Horton
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    There's small revenge in words, but words may be greatly revenged. (Benjamin Franklin)

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    Humiliation sets armies marching, empires falling, breaks hearts and minds and souls.

    Janet Morris
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    Funny thing about revenge. It could make a killer out of a nun. (K. Hendrickson)

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    Nothing powers hate better than embarrassment.

    Janet Morris
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    Revenge is the act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.

    Samuel Johnson
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    A man who contemplates revenge keeps his wounds green.

    Francis Bacon
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    If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

    William Shakespeare
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    That old law about an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
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    To admit wanting revenge is to admit you have been crushed and need to be rebuilt. Few are comfortable admitting that, even to themselves. (Laura Blumenfeld)

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    God will forgive them. He'll forgive them and allow them into Heaven. I can't live with that.

    Shame Meadows
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    "I must decide if you deserve to die."

    Janet Morris, Chris Morris
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    Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you.

    Austin O'Malley
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    Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

    Jesus Christ
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    Very often, actual revenge is beyond our means, and we are driven to indulge in prospective, circuitous and imaginary retaliations, from thence deriving a few drops of satisfaction in the ideal form. (Alexander Bain)

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    He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends on of yours to the hospital, you send on of his to the morgue. Thanks the Chicago Way. (Jim Malone, The Untouchables)

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    Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its after-flavor, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned.

    Charlotte Brontë
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    "Learn when to fear, and how to fear, and how much to fear, before you squander all you have left."

    Janet Morris, Chris Morris
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    Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated. (George Bernard Shaw)

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    No revenge is so heroic than that which torments envy by doing good.